BMW X2 Review

Gumtree Rating

4.5 rating

Remember how we all scoffed when BMW gave the sloping-roof-line, coupe makeover to the X5 and created the X6? Well, we had to eat our words on that one, didn’t we? Then, in 2018 they did it again! This time it was the smallest SUV of their range, the X1, that got the treatment. The outcome was the uniquely-stylish X2, which compromises a little practicality for better handling and standout looks. Keep in mind it does come with a bit of a price bump.

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What we think about the BMW X2

The X2 is different, fun to drive and has a pleasant cabin to spend time in (unless you’re a taller rear passenger).



Great to drive


Unique styling


Attractive interior


Costlier than the X1

Less space in the rear than the X1

Sporty models a little firm

The BMW X2 comes in five trims, starting from SE and moving through Sport, M Sport and M Sport X to reach the top of the range M Mesh Edition. There is a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines and the performance model is the super-quick M35i.

Driving performance of the Bmw X2

Our Driving Rating9 / 10

Handling on the X2 is tight and very hatchback-like, but that does result in a slightly stiffer ride than the X1. Adaptive suspension is an option, though if you’re not speccing that, the base-model SE will provide the most comfort. The driving position suits the coupe-like nature of the X2 but doesn’t offer the visibility that those choosing an SUV have come to expect. Petrol and diesel engines offer fairly comparable performance, but you’ll find the petrols take charge in the power stakes later in the rev range. The upside to the diesel offerings is better fuel economy.

Safety and reliability of the Bmw X2

Our Safety Rating8 / 10

Euro NCAP tested the BMW X1 in 2015, and following additional testing, declared this covered the X2 as well. That’s great news, as the X1 was awarded a full five stars, scoring 90% and 87% for adult and child occupants respectively. Reassuringly, autonomous emergency braking, which can automatically stop the car before a collision, is standard too. Reliability-wise, BMW’s good reputation and the fact that the X2 is based on other group models should alleviate most concerns.

Under the bonnet of the Bmw X2

Our Engine Rating9 / 10

The cheapest engine choice is the sDrive18i petrol, with 138 bhp and a 0-62 mph time of 9.6 seconds. You can spec a smooth auto ‘box with this but only two-wheel drive – if you want an all-wheel-drive petrol, you’ll have to go for the more powerful sDrive20i, which has 189 bhp and can do 0-62 mph in a nippy 7.7 seconds. The automatic gearbox comes as standard though, and that’s the case for the xDrive20d, which has similar stats to its petrol equivalent, with a little more low-down grunt.

What you'll find in the Bmw X2

Our Design Rating8 / 10

There’s no denying the X2 looks good – its rakish lines give it the air of a raised hatchback, and a lower, sloping roofline sets it apart from the crowd. There’s no trim that lacks this unmistakeable style, but the M Sport’s 19″ alloys and bodykit add something special (and the Y alloys on the M Sport X are even better). As we’ve noted though, the lowered chassis and low-profile tyres will definitely have a negative impact on comfort levels.

Comfort and interiors in the Bmw X2

Our Comfort Rating9 / 10

The interior of the X2 is excellent, with subtle styling points and everything in easy reach; it’s a noticeable step-up from the X1. If you’re buying a family SUV, practicality will be a high priority, and with plenty of storage spaces in the cabin, plus charging points and front and rear cupholders, the X2 won’t disappoint. At 470 litres, the boot is slightly smaller than the X1 but more than adequate. That sloping roofline does take its toll on rear-passenger headroom, meaning the back seats are best suited to children or small adults.

BMW X2 interior dashboard

What features you'll find in the Bmw X2

Our Features Rating9 / 10

The X2’s infotainment system is a real highlight – it’s efficient, intuitive and has integrated satnav as standard. There’s also an upgrade available (quite a pricey one) to a larger screen that gives you a fancy heads-up display and wireless charging too. Fans of Android Auto and touchscreens will be disappointed as neither are catered for, but the iDrive rotary controller is simple to use and arguably safer. Given visibility isn’t the best, you’ll appreciate the standard rear parking sensors, and a reversing camera can also be specced as an option.

What fuel efficiency to expect from the Bmw X2

Our Fuel Consumption Rating7 / 10

The best fuel economy is offered by the sDrive18d with a claimed 52.3-53.3 mpg. That doesn’t drop much for the better-performing xDrive20d (around 50 mpg), making it an appealing choice, but the purchase price will be higher so your wallet won’t thank you. Petrol-wise, the sDrive20i offers only a little over 35 mpg, though it’s cheaper to buy at the point of purchase than the equivalent diesel. So if you’re mileage is going to be low, that may be the most viable option.

Running costs of the Bmw X2

Our Cost Rating8 / 10

The X2 is a little costlier to buy than the X1, but the running costs should be fairly comparable. Reasonable fuel costs and CO2 emissions similar to the competition balance in the BMW’s favour, and the marque’s reputation for reliability means repairs shouldn’t be too much of a concern. Servicing costs on prestige brands are never low, but an intelligent service indicator, based on the car’s condition, means you’ll only need to do one when it’s absolutely necessary.

Our verdict of the Bmw X2

4.5 rating

4.5 / 5 Gumtree rating

If you're in the market for a small SUV and want something that's driver-focussed with a bit of a unique sparkle, the BMW X2 is worth a look.