BMW X2 (2018-present)

A small SUV with a muscular design, the BMW X2 is sporty and relatively practical

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Sporty to drive
Big boot
Curvy design

Weaknesses 

Expensive
Limited rear legroom
Low driving position for an SUV
BMW X2 prices from £27,791   Finance from £306 per month

BMW’s X2 is what we could all look like if we spent a bit more time in the gym. It’s based on the same design as the tall and boxier BMW X1 sport utility vehicle (SUV), but has been made leaner and less bulky.

The muscular look is created by the car’s sculpted, bulging panels, lower stance and swept-back look, while the curvier design makes it look lighter.

And with a little less podge, the X2 is sportier to drive than the X1 too. In reality that's down to a difference in engineering because the car weighs the same as the X1.

Its steering responds sharply when you turn the wheel, so the car feels agile. As you continue turning and gaining speed in corners, the steering wheel becomes heavier with increased resistance, making it easier to judge when it's running out of grip.

None of the cars feel underpowered, thanks to petrol and diesel engines that pack some punch when it comes to acceleration. Next year will see an extremely rapid M35i version that an accelerate from 0-62mph in under five seconds, whihc is faster than the standard Porsche 718 Boxster.

Surprisingly, given its design focus, the the pumped-up X2 isn't a great deal less practical than the X1. Despite its sportier feel, it remains comfortable at higher speeds as it rolls smoothly over bumpy roads. There's a bit more jolting on slower urban roads, but it's not too intrusive.

Boot space is reasonable too: the 470 litre area is only 35 litres less than the X1, and passenger legroom is similar too, which is to say that it's perfectly adequate for a young family, but tall teenagers and adults will feel restricted in the back. The car's curved roof cuts headroom too, which further dents the car's appeal for tall passengers.

But the X2 is likely to sell on its design, which won't find unanimous appeal. The rear, in particular, looks bulky and the BMW badges between the rear windows and back screen could be seen as brash.

There are plenty of other options too, including the similarly swoopy Mercedes GLA, Range Rover Evoque and new Audi Q3. Prices for these cars start at around £31,000 when new - before discounts. Used prices for the BMW X2 aren't a great deal cheaper, as the model is so recent. Current BuyaCar prices start at £27,791, with monthly finance payments from £306.

It's a high price to pay, especially when you consider that you could spend less on a more spacious, high-specification SUV such as the Peugeot 3008 or Mazda CX-5. The Volvo XC40 is a similar size to the X2 and arguably more stylish.

Last Updated 

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 21:15

Key facts 

Warranty: 
Boot size: 
470 litres
Width: 
1821mm
Length: 
4439mm
Height: 
1598mm
Tax: 
£165-£205 in first year, £140 thereafter