BMW X2 xDrive 20i 178 M Sport 5dr Step Auto Pro Pack

  • Automatic
  • Petrol
  • 39.2 mpg
  • 5 door hatchback
  • 164 g/km CO2

Ten Second Review

Following a programme already established with its larger SUVs, BMW has produced a sporty version of its X1 model, christened the X2. Like the X4 (a coupe version of the X3) and the X6 (a coupe version of the X5), this crossover brings a more dynamic look to the Munich maker's offering in its chosen segment. Like its rivals, its dynamically targeted almost exclusively towards on-road use.

Background

We're now pretty used to the idea of 'coupe'-style versions of mid-sized and large-segment SUVs. Witness the success of models like the BMW X6 and the Mercedes GLE Coupe in the large segment. And the BMW X4 and the Mercedes GLC Coupe in the mid-sized category. BMW's X2 is the first model though, that could really be called a 'coupe' in the smaller SUV 'C'-segment popularised in the volume end by crossovers like Nissan's Qashqai and at the premium end by models like BMW's own X1. Predictably, it's the X1 that provides almost everything for the X2 under the skin. But this sleeker design packages those mechanicals up more dynamically in a way that's sure to appeal to folk attracted to slinkier models like Jaguar's E-PACE in this segment.

Driving Experience

Being based on the X1's MINI-derived 'UKL2' platform, the X2 primarily uses BMW's efficient generation of four-cylinder engines. The most affordable sDrive variant is front driven, while the other xDrive derivatives use the brand's intelligent all-wheel-drive system, which distributes the engine's power between the front and rear axles as the situation requires. There's also a wide track, short overhangs and the usual 50:50 weight distribution. Obviously, the X2 is not inended for off road use, but it does have an integral Hill Descent Control feature that enables you to automatically maintain a desired speed on steep descents by taking care of brake control. Engine-wise, the range offers four petrol options and two diesel units, all of which are 2.0-litres in size. In the petrol line-up, the base sDrive 2WD derivative offers 140hp, while the 4WD xDrive20i gives you 192hp. The top M35i has xDrive 4WD and puts out a prodigious 306hp. BMW also offers a plug-in hybrid xDrive25e version with 220hp which uses a 1.5-litre 3 cylinder petrol engine mated to an electric drive motor. Many X2 sales though, will be made with the diesel variants. There's a base 150hp 18d diesel option with sDrive or xDrive alternatives. Or, if you can afford more, a 190hp 4WD 20d diesel model only offered in xDrive form. Whatever X2 variant you choose, the car's driving responses can be adapted by using the Driving Experience Control switch, allowing the driver to choose between default COMFORT mode, efficiency-enhancing ECO PRO mode and a SPORT mode which gives the car even dynamic steering and powertrain responses. The optional Dynamic Damper Control system works via these same settings.

Design and Build

Even next to its bigger coupe-SUV BMW range stablemates, the X4 and X6, the X2 makes a distinctive impression. It's 2cm shorter and more than 7cm lower than the MINI-derived X1 crossover model it's based upon, yet has the same wheelbase. Featuring short overhangs, it also has a stretched, coupe-style roofline and slim window graphic. The kidney grille has always been an identifying feature of the Munich marque but on this car, it's wider at its base than at the top, which gives the nose a broader, more distinctive and sportier appearance. At the rear, horizontal design lines emphasise the car's width, with these creases continuing into high-set LED rear lights that feature an 'L' shape familiar from BMW coupes. Lower down, the car hints at the power of its BMW TwinPower Turbo engines through the design of the tailpipes, all X2 models coming with a twin exhaust arrangement that's 90mm diameter. A spoiler provides a flourish to round off the roofline and contributes to a drag co-efficient of just 0.28Cd. Inside, there's a driver-focused cabin and a soft-finish instrument panel with contrast decorative stitching. As for practicality, well the cabin has plenty of storage, including a door design featuring large storage pockets. There's also a generous 470-litre boot.

Market and Model

Prices sit in the £32,000-£42,000 bracket, though it is possible to pay nearly £47,000 for this car if you opt for the top M35i petrol version. Most customers are going to be spending from around £37,000 upwards, which is what you'll pay for the volume X2 xDrive18d Sport variant. That's about £2,000 more than you'd pay for an equivalent X1 model. Across the range, standard specification includes a 6.5-inch Touch Control Display with navigation system. And there's the option of a full-colour Head-Up Display. Many X2 buyers will be tempted by top-spec 'M Sport' trim, which gives you the usual more dynamic outward styling cues, plus 'Micro Hexagon' fabric Anthracite/Alcantara combination upholstery with M piping in blue or yellow with contrast stitching on the instrument panel and the centre console as standard. Full-LED headlights are standard on all models and wheel rim sizes vary between 17 and 19-inches across the various trim levels - 'Sport', 'M Sport', 'M Sport X' and 'M Mesh Edition'. Media Connectivity has been prioritised, to suit the prevailing trend, the 'BMW Connected+' package providing a digital bridge between smartphones and the car. You can specify WiFi hotspot preparation, which equips the X2 to host a built-in WiFi hotspot with LTE speeds, and the optional telephony with wireless charging for compatible smartphones. Surprisingly, 'Apple CarPlay' smartphone-mirroring connectivity costs extra too.

Cost of Ownership

As you'd expect from a current BMW, emissions are low and fuel economy is excellent. The 190bhp xDrive20d model will get 51.4mpg a WLTP-rated return from a gallon of fuel and 144g/km of WLTP-rated CO2, which is impressive for a 4WD diesel SUV. If you want to do better, there are lesser-powered '18d' variants, one of which offers the option of sDrive 2WD. For an sDrive 18d, the figures are up to 56.5mpg and 131g/km. There's also a plug-in hybrid xDrive25e variant, which is capable of 166.2mpg (WLTP) and up to around 39g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. Of course the driver must also play his or her part. So there's an Optimum Gear Shift Indicator on the dash and an ECO PRO mode you can select in the Drive Performance Control system that'll focus all the car's systems on ultimate frugality. The extra economy created in that ECO PRO setting (BMW reckon it could be up to 20%) is fed back to the driver, with in-car displays showing the additional number of miles achieved. What else? Well as usual with a BMW, there's a condition-based service indicator on the dash to advise you when your car needs a garage visit, but new to me was the clever 'TeleServices' feature that comes as part of the BMW 'ConnectedDrive' services you can access through the iDrive infotainment system. Via this, before each service appointment is due, your X2 can put in a 'TeleServices' call to your nominated BMW service centre, complete with detailed information on vehicle condition. You'll then get a call to arrange a service appointment.

Summary

The X2 represents another box ticked in BMW's X-model product development plan. Its MINI-derived underpinnings serve it well in terms of delivering the sporty feel promised by the sharper looks this design enjoys over its X1 donor model. And the four cylinder engine range is pleasantly frugal and efficient. So there's lots to like if you can afford the premium asking prices. But there's also lots of more affordable competition in this segment. Still, one thing's not in doubt. This X2 certainly seems to have the X Factor.

  • Automatic powered electric bootlid
  • 6 Speaker Loudspeaker system
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • BMW professional radio
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/telephone controls
  • Aero curtain
  • BMW badge on bonnet, tailgate with integrated tailgate release and C pillars
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour roof trims
  • Chrome exhaust twin tailpipe round 90mm in left and right split
  • Chrome kidney grille with black vertical slats
  • Dark shadow front air intakes
  • Engine designation on electric bootlid - right
  • Front and rear bumper system
  • High gloss black front side air intake with matt black insert
  • High gloss black in window frame, recess covers and B-Pillar trim
  • High gloss shadowline in window frame, recess covers, mirror frame and B-Pillar/C- pillar trim
  • Lightweight engineering
  • M logo designation in side chrome
  • M rear spoiler
  • Model designation in left tailgate
  • Rear window aerial
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Visible VIN plate
  • 2 cupholders in front centre console
  • 3 Spoke M sport nappa leather multifunction steering wheel
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Armrest in centre section of rear seat backrest and folding
  • Conditioned based service
  • Contrast stitching on centre console and mid section of dashboard to match upholstery seam
  • Front and rear door armrests
  • Front armrest
  • Front axle always driven
  • Front door sill finishers with M designation
  • Gearshift paddles on steering wheel
  • Luggage compartment loading edge with stainless steel insert
  • Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Retaining strap on the left side of the luggage compartment
  • Additional interior lighting pack - X2
  • Extended storage pack - X2
  • M Sport aerodynamic pack - X2
  • M Sport Pro Pack with M sport seatbelts - X2
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners, stopper and belt force limiters, rear coded belt buckles
  • Airbags - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection
  • BMW emergency call
  • Child proof locking system in rear door
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release with hazard warning lights and interior lighting + battery safety cut-off
  • Driver and front passenger seat belt security check
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Side impact protection
  • Twin horns
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Auto door lock when driving
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Incorrect fuel protection system
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote control including integrated key with M specific highlight
  • Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm
  • Start/stop button with comfort go keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 164
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 166
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 159
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 162
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEH: 164
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEL: 156
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 137
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEH: 139
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEL: 133
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 230
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEH: 233
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEL: 226
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 163
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEH: 166
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEL: 159
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1998
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • Engine Code: B48A20M1
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 10.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH: 10.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL: 9.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH: 7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL: 7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 28
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH: 27.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL: 28.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH: 38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL: 40.4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Badge Power: 178
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: xDrive i
  • Coin Series: [178] M Sport [Pro]
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 30E
  • Insurance Group 2: 20
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 90
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 87
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 74
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 77
  • Safety Concerns: False
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.3
  • Engine Power - BHP: 178
  • Engine Power - KW: 131
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 207
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 28.6
  • Engine Torque - NM: 280
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1350
  • Top Speed: 139
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2
  • Alloys: True
  • Space Saver: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R20
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/40 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Style: DOUBLE SPOKE
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Height: 1526
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4360
  • Wheelbase: 2670
  • Width: 1824
  • Width (including mirrors): 2098
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 61
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2145
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1355
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 470
  • Max. Loading Weight: 580
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1565
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.3