BMW X2 (2018) Review

BMW X2 (2018) At A Glance


+Handles well for a crossover. Quiet and comfortable on the motorway. Diesels are very economical.

-Cramped rear seats. 18d only comes as a manual. Around £1000 more than an equivalent X1.

On average it achieves 80% of the official MPG figure

We know what you're probably thinking. Why? Indeed, why does BMW need the X2? A car that sort of sits half way between a 1 Series and an X1. But is also a bit like a 3 Series GT.

Yet here we are with exactly that. A coupe-styled crossover (because the world needs that) which is less practical than an X1 but promises to be more 'dynamic'. Not that BMW doesn't have form here - there's the gargantuan X6 and the X4  - but in our opinion the X2 is a better design than those two and is in fact a very handsome thing.

Given its sloping roofline, you won't be surprised to find out it's less spacious than an X1. The boot is smaller (although still reasonably good) and the rear seats are tight on head and legroom. So where's the pay off?

Well it comes from behind the wheel. The X2 handles much better than the X1 on which it is based, with less body roll in corners, sharper steering and better throttle response. The result is a crossover which is actually quite enjoyable to drive. Yes, you read that right.

We'd even go as far as to say it has a bit of character when compared with the competition like the Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3. The downside of this is the ride. As you'd guess, the ride is noticeably firmer and while not uncomfortable, if it's outright comfort you want, the X1 is a better bet.

The interior is classic modern BMW. So pretty user-friendly but also pretty bland in design. There's no touchscreen, BMW insists in making people use its iDrive dial controller, which really hinders things like Apple CarPlay, but there's no denying the quality of the finish and the feel of the materials used. This is a very nice place to be on a long journey.

Most models are the 20d engine. This 2.0-litre diesel comes as an automatic only - and it suits it superbly - plus it blends performance and economy well with Real MPG showing you can expect a realistic 50mpg. There's also a 18d which comes as a manual and with two-wheel drive. If you're not doing big mileages then the 20i is your best choice. Quiet, smooth and no DPFs to worry about.

The cheapest X2 comes in with a list price of around £30k. On average it's around £1000 more than an X1, depending on which engine you go for. It's certainly more interesting than the X1 - and likely to be a rarer sight - so we can see the appeal, especially given that it handles so well. If you want a crossover with a bit extra, this could be right up your street.

BMW X2 xDrive 20d Road Test

Real MPG average for a BMW X2 (2018)


Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

33–56 mpg

MPGs submitted


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I'm irritated by the EU and want to change our cars for non-European alternatives. Suggestions?
"Irritated by EU machinations, I’m increasingly inclined to change our BMW X2 and Audi TT Sport (both 2-litre petrol & auto) for non-European alternatives, which frankly is proving a very difficult proposition. The TT in particular is a wonderful, versatile machine. China (thus, Volvo) is also off limits! Grateful for your suggestions."
Are you familiar with the expression 'cutting your nose off to spite your face'? You could consider Jaguar Land Rover alternatives, I suppose, like the Range Rover Evoque and Jaguar F-Type. They're pretty good alternatives to your X2 and TT, although JLR is owned by Indian firm Tata.
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Is a Volkswagen T-Roc R a logical upgrade from a Golf R?
"Do you think I should buy new or secondhand Volkswagen T-Roc R? I drive a Golf R but my husband finds it difficult to get into. Thank you."
There are some really strong savings to be had on nearly-new T-Roc R models, as long as you're not concerned about having a factory order or the latest registration plate. £35,000 will get you an ex-demo model with just a few thousand miles on the clock. That's a saving of around £6000 but it'll look and feel like new. If you like your Golf R, the Volkswagen T-Roc sounds like the perfect choice. Also consider a Cupra Ateca or BMW X2 M35i.
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How much AdBlue will my car use?
"I have recently bought a BMW X2 20d which has an AdBlue system. Can you tell me the average consumption rate I might expect to get for this AdBlue (the main dealer I bought the car from says it depends on how you drive the car but didn't give a typical consumption rate). Is it wise to carry a bottle of AdBlue around with you?"
The capacity will be between 10 and 20 litres. But, as the dealer says, it's impossible to predict any one driver's usage rate. What happens is that when there is enough AdBlue for 1500 miles average use, a light comes on warning you to refill the AdBlue tank, and that gives you plenty of time so no need to carry a container in the car. Best to use 3.5-litre or 4.7-litre containers with a spout. 10-litre containers without a spout make a very messy job of it and you have to get any spilt AdBlue off the paint promptly. Also, wash your hands.
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What's a suitable car for a 70-year-old?
"I drive an Audi A3 which I have had for seven years and am pleased with. However as we get older, we find long journeys are less comfortable and have thought of getting a SUV giving us easier access and a more comfortable driving position. Would the Audi Q2 or Q3 be a good choice for us and would we quickly adjust to a SUV? Other choices you suggest would be helpful."
I think you'd find a crossover SUV like the Q2 or Q3 would suit you well. They're just as easy as a hatchback to drive, with the advantages you've mentioned. There's a new Q3 now on sale and it's much better than its predecessor. If you don't need as much space, the Q2's a good choice. We're currently running one for six months and Georgia is an SUV convert ( As an alternative, look at other cars from within Volkswagen Group, such as the Skoda Karoq. If you'd prefer something premium, the Volvo XC40 is excellent, and the BMW X2 is definitely worth a look too.
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What does a BMW X2 (2018) cost?

Buy new from £31,149 (list price from £38,015)