On sale March 2018 Price from £33,980
Looking at BMW's SUV range, the German car maker seems to have every market filled. From the small X1, through the X3, X4, X5 and X6, and on to next year's large X7, there's an SUV to suit almost everyone. We say almost, because there's one car missing from that range: the X2. First shown in concept form in 2016, the last piece of BMW's SUV puzzle will soon fall into place.
The X2 is one of 12 cars shortlisted for What Car?'s 2018 Reader Award. To see all of this year's contenders and vote for your favourite, click here.
2018 BMW X2 styling
Described as "a new breed of car" by BMW, the X2 is a coupé-styled SUV that will take on stylish rivals including the Range Rover Evoque and new Volvo XC40, as well as the upcoming Jaguar E-Pace. It's aimed at affluent younger buyers who want the practicality of an SUV without a traditionally boxy shape.
2018 BMW X2 engines
The X2 will be offered with just three engines at launch – the sDrive20i petrol emits 134g/km of CO2 and is claimed to return up to 51.4mpg, while the 187bhp xDrive20d diesel emits 126g/km and returns 61.4mpg. The higher-powered diesel, the 228bhp xDrive25d, returns 55.4mpg and emits 133g/km of CO2, and is capable of sprinting to 62mph in 6.7sec.
sDrive models are front-wheel drive, while xDrive versions offer four-wheel drive. In any case, an automatic gearbox is standard, with seven speeds in petrol models and eight speeds in diesel versions.
The X2's engine range will grow soon after launch, with the addition of more petrol and diesel models, including petrols with four-wheel drive. Our favourite engine in the X1 is the sDrive18d diesel; in the X2, this engine produces 148bhp and returns up to 62.8mpg.
As with most modern BMW models, drivers will be able to select between Comfort, Eco Pro and Sport driving modes, which adjust the gearbox, engine and steering settings. Optional dynamic dampers can also be specified and can be placed in either Comfort or Sport modes. This also lowers the car's ride height slightly.
2018 BMW X2 interior
As standard, every X2 will come with BMW's iDrive infotainment and navigation system presented on a 6.5in screen (although that can grow to an 8.8in touchscreen if drivers select an upgraded set-up). The system is similar to that in the new 5 Series this year and can be had in conjunction with an optional head-up display, which projects speed and navigation instructions directly into the driver's field of vision.
BMW's range of connected services has also expanded, with drivers now able to share their arrival time at a destination using the iDrive system. An optional wi-fi hotspot is also available, as is Apple CarPlay connectivity.
2018 BMW X2 equipment
Buyers will be able to choose from four trim levels – SE, Sport, M Sport and M Sport X. Even entry-level SE comes with plenty of equipment, including cruise control, sat-nav, 17in alloy wheels, front fog lights and dual-zone climate control. Sport models additionally receive sports seats, black gloss exterior trim, LED headlights and larger alloy wheels.
The two M Sport models both sit on 19in alloy wheels and include unique bumpers and paintwork, as well as heated front seats. The M Sport and M Sport X are inspired by circuit racing and rallying respectively. Both trims receive stiffer M Sport suspension and have a lowered ride height.
Optional assistance features include a parking assistance, lane departure warning, a speed limit warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. The Driving Assistant Plus package includes adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assistance, meaning the car can accelerate, brake and steer itself within a lane at speeds of up to 87mph. The driver must have at least one hand on the steering wheel for it to work, though.
2018 BMW X2 prices
The new X2 will be priced from £33,980 in xDrive20d SE form. At that price, the X2 sits conveniently in-between the X1 and X3, which start from £28,460 and £38,880 respectively. It will also be substantially more expensive than both the Range Rover Evoque and Jaguar E-Pace.
As ever, most buyers in this market will buy on a PCP finance deal, where the X2 could be more competitive. Demand is expected to be high, though, meaning that Target Price discounts will be slim for the forseeable future.
If you're in the market for a small SUV but don't want to buy new, then you'll be pleased to know that the popularity of such cars means there are plenty to choose from on the used market. Below, we name our top 10 used small SUVs and tell you the ones to avoid as well.
Best used small SUVs
It isn’t the most sophisticated small SUV going and its interior feels rather cheap in places, but the Suzuki SX-4 S-Cross is still decent enough to drive and spacious enough for most families. It’s great value, too, with lots of low-mileage examples going very cheaply, and it comes with plenty of equipment. What’s more, Suzuki has a great reputation for reliability, so the SX-4 S-Cross should be dependable.
We found 2013 1.6 SZ-T, 17,000 miles, £8807
9. Kia Soul
Average ride quality and so-so handling mean the Kia Soul isn’t great to drive, but if you can live with that you get a small SUV that offers huge amounts of room in every seat, thanks to its boxy profile, as well as a huge boot. There’s also plenty of equipment and it all comes backed by a seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty. So even if you buy a three-year-old example, you’ll still have four years’ warranty left to run. And with seriously low prices, the Soul looks like fabulous value too.
We found 2013 1.6 CRDi 2, 19,000 miles, £7488
8. Hyundai ix35
It’s not much fun to drive and the engines are noisy, but the Hyundai ix35 is at least reasonably comfortable on most road surfaces and, if you’re not all that fussed about its stodgy handling, it makes a good, dependable small SUV. There’s plenty of room in both the front and back, while the boot is big and well-shaped. Unless you choose the entry-level S version, you get plenty of toys too – and every ix35 came with a five-year warranty from new.