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BMW X2 buying guide

BMW fans will be aware that the company thinks even numbers are cooler than odd numbers. That’s why, if you look between the practical X1 and X3 SUVs, you’ll find the sporty X2, which borrows parts and engines from its sensible siblings and squeezes them into a sportier, more purposeful-looking package. BMW offers the X2 with a selection of engines and trim levels. Keep reading to find out what each brings to the table, so you can choose the best version for you.

What BMW X2 trim levels are there?

The X2 range opens with SE trim. This model gets alloy wheels, climate control, cruise control, rear parking sensors, and an infotainment system with sat nav, Bluetooth and DAB radio.

Sport trim is next up and adds larger alloy wheels, darker exterior detailing, front sport seats and ambient interior lighting.

M Sport is BMW’s even sportier trim level. This model gains even larger alloy wheels and a mean-looking body kit to help it stand out. It also gets leather upholstery, heated front seats and lowered sports suspension.

M Sport X versions combine the sportier elements of M Sport trim with satin-aluminium-effect exterior detailing found on BMW’s other SUV models, in contrast to the dark-coloured detailing found on M Sport versions.

The range-topping X2 M35i gets the largest alloy wheel options, brass-coloured exterior accents, and a unique suspension, brake and steering setup optimised to match the M35i's more powerful engine.

BMW X2 interior and technology

Like most BMWs, the X2’s cabin is a comfortable place to spend time. You’ll find a driver-focused setup with the dashboard ever so slightly tilted towards the driver and a low, snug seating position, helping the X2 feel much sportier on the road than many coupe-SUV rivals. The layout is fairly intuitive and it’s good to see BMW has retained physical controls for the heater and air con, which are easier to use on the move versus a touchscreen.

BMW’s infotainment system generally scores very highly but with one substantial caveat. The menu layout is intuitive and easy to get to grips with, plus the inclusion of both a touchscreen and a control dial in the centre console means it’s easy to use while driving. BMW loses marks, however, for its past refusal to add standard-fit Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It received so much flak for this that it reversed the policy around 2021, but you should check each individual X2 model you’re considering to see whether it has this connectivity. Your local Motorpoint representative will be able to clarify what features each individual model has.

Practicality is reasonable in the X2. There’s enough room in the cabin to carry four adults comfortably or five for shorter hops. The back seats aren’t exactly cavernous, however, and the X2’s coupe styling eats into rear headroom, as well as limiting the amount of natural light for rear passengers. The boot is acceptable for the class and should be able to take two large suitcases in a pinch, although the high load lip means you’ll need to lift items a little higher to load them in. Plug-in hybrid models lose a little boot space to fit the hybrid battery pack.

BMW X2 engine range explained

BMW X2 sDrive 18i petrol

The entry-level engine for X2 cars is BMW’s 18i – this is a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol unit making 140hp. With this engine, the X2 hits 62mph from rest in less than 10 seconds. This version is two-wheel drive only, with an optionally available automatic gearbox.

BMW X2 sDrive/xDrive 20i petrol

Next up in the petrol lineup is the 20i model, which features an auto gearbox as standard and is available in two-wheel drive sDrive or four-wheel drive xDrive forms. This uses a larger 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine with 192hp. This drops the 0-62mph sprint down to the mid-seven-second range, putting this model within striking distance of some hot hatchbacks.

BMW X2 xDrive 25e hybrid

To really slash your monthly running costs, consider the plug-in hybrid xDrive 25e engine. This auto-only model uses the smaller 1.5-litre petrol paired with an electric motor and battery pack to give a total of 220hp, and a nippy 0-62mph time of less than seven seconds. Average economy can tick above 160mpg if you use both power sources carefully, or you can travel 32 miles on electric power alone.

BMW X2 sDrive/xDrive 18d diesel

If you cover high annual mileages, you might want to consider one of BMW’s frugal diesel engines. Entry level 18d models use a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel making 150hp, giving a 0-62mph time of less than 10 seconds. Average economy can rise as high as 55mpg if you drive carefully. An automatic gearbox and xDrive all-wheel drive are optionally available on this engine.

BMW X2 xDrive 20d diesel

The more powerful diesel option features the same 2.0-litre engine, but with the wick turned up to 190hp. Combined with the standard-fit xDrive all-wheel-drive system and automatic gearbox, the 20d model can hit 62mph from rest in less than eight seconds and return around 50mpg if you drive gently.

BMW X2 M35i petrol

This is the mightiest X2 you can buy. The M35i features a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 306hp, along with standard-fit xDrive all-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox. With that much oomph on tap, the M35i completes the 0-62mph sprint in just 4.9 seconds, putting most hot hatches and some serious sports cars to shame.

Your BMW X2 questions answered

The X2 comes in one form and one form only – a five-seat, five-door SUV with a hatchback-style boot lid. It sits in the BMW range between the similarly sized X1, which has a greater focus on practicality, and the larger X3, which might be a better shout if you regularly need to use the back seats.

The X2 measures in a little less than 4.4 metres long. That makes it around the same length as a family hatchback such as a Volkswagen Golf or Ford Focus. Compared to cars in the same class, the X2 is a little shorter than the Mercedes GLA and the Audi Q3 Sportback, although Audi also makes the smaller Q2. The X2 also comes in a few millimetres shy of the Volvo XC40Jaguar E-Pace and Range Rover Evoque.

Cabin space is reasonable in the X2, but buyers after a more practical SUV would be better served by the X1 or larger X3. There’s just enough space to fit adults in every seat, although elbow room will be tight in the back if you have three rear passengers. The sloping roofline and narrow windows do mean rear headroom is a little limited, which can make it feel slightly claustrophobic, and also makes it harder to squeeze a child seat back there.

You get a reasonable choice of engines with the X2 including diesel, petrol and plug-in hybrid units. As befits a premium car from a premium brand, none of the options available feel slow or underpowered, so it’s simply a case of selecting how much performance you’d like on tap. All engines are offered with the option of an automatic gearbox that suits the X2 well, along with xDrive all-wheel drive – although standard two-wheel drive models are capable enough for most buyers.

The jury's still out on the X2's long-term reliability because it's still a fairly new model. That said, What Car?'s 2021 survey ranked it very highly for dependability.

You can always add an extended warranty for more peace of mind. This kicks in once the factory coverage expires and will protect you from unexpected electrical or mechanical repair bills.

Yes. BMW makes the X2 with both front and four-wheel drive. The former are badged sDrive, while 4WD models get the xDrive name. Generally, entry-level models come with two-wheel drive, while four-wheel drive is reserved for more expensive versions.

Every plug-in hybrid X2 – the xDrive 25e – gets four-wheel drive as standard. This is because the engine powers the front wheels while the extra electric motor drives the rear wheels, giving four-wheel drive as a result.

It's worth mentioning that, while four-wheel drive will give a small grip boost in very slippery situations, most drivers don't need it in day-to-day driving. Over the colder months, you'll see more benefit from sticking winter tyres on your front-wheel-drive car than from using summer or all-season tyres on a four-wheel-drive alternative.

In many ways, the X2 is a great car. Considering it's an SUV, it handles almost as keenly as a road-focused hatchback, without compromising its long-range cruising ability. It's not as comfortable as the Mercedes GLA, nor as affordable as a Peugeot 2008 but, if you're looking for a compact-yet-practical car from a premium brand that doesn't sacrifice a little style, this BMW is a great choice for you.