Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Automatic powered tailgate
  • Automatic start/stop system
  • Automatic tailgate opening
  • Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Online services
  • BMW remote services
  • BMW teleservices
  • Brake pad wear indicator, front and rear
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Eco pro mode
  • Electric Power steering with Servotronic
  • Instrument cluster with black optic and 5.7" colour display + speedometer + tachometer + fuel gauge + instant fuel economy
  • Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
  • On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption, service interval, clock/date, odometer/trip meter, outside temperature display and ice warning
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Personal Profile
  • Real time traffic information
  • Speed limiter
  • TMC for lifetime of vehicle

Entertainment

  • 2x USB sockets in front
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • BMW professional radio with Single CD player + two way six speakers + 4x25W loudspeaker system
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Rear twin USB sockets in centre console

Exterior Features

  • Adjustable headlights
  • BMW badge on bonnet, tailgate with integrated tailgate release and C pillars
  • Body colour bumpers with black insert
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour front air intake slats
  • Body colour mirror caps
  • Chrome kidney grille with black vertical slats
  • Clear lenses direction indicator lights
  • Direction indicator side lights integrated in exterior mirrors using LED technology
  • Door mirror integrated indicators
  • Door sill finishers
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Exterior mirror heated
  • Fingertip control / anti-trap function on electric window
  • Front and rear bumper system
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Halogen headlights
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • High gloss black front side air intake with matt black insert
  • High level third brake light
  • LED headlights with extended contents - cornering, high beam assist, LED day running lights with dynamic beams for urban and motorway
  • Manual headlight beam throw control
  • Matt aluminium exterior trim
  • Model designation in left tailgate
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear tail lights with LED technology and 3D design
  • Rear window aerial
  • Rear window wiper with wash/wipe function
  • Reversing light in rear light cluster
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Twin chrome exhaust tailpipes
  • Visible VIN plate

Interior Features

  • 12V power socket in centre console + front with blanking plug
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • 3 spoke sports leather multi-function steering wheel with gear shift paddles
  • 4 lashing points to secure luggage
  • 40:20:40 manually split folding rear seat with two tilt positions for backrest
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Automatic two zone climate control air conditioning
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
  • Conditioned Based Service
  • Driver + passenger vanity mirrors
  • Drivers folding storage compartment
  • Extended storage
  • Front and rear door armrests
  • Front armrest
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Glovebox with light
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Luggage net
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel
  • Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
  • Three rear headrests
  • Two cupholders in front and rear centre console
  • Velour floormats
  • Welcome lighting

Safety

  • Airbags - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection
  • Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • ASC - Active stability control
  • Battery safety cut-off
  • Brake drying
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Braking readiness
  • 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
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • DSC-Dynamic Stability Control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Electrically operated parking brake with automatic drive release
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Front and rear head airbags
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Hill descent control
  • Hill start assist
  • Multi collision braking system
  • Rear brake discs
  • Side impact protection
  • Twin horns
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • 2 remote folding keys
  • Auto door lock when driving
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Incorrect fuel protection system
  • Keyless Go access/ignition system
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm
  • Start/stop button with comfort go keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button

Technical

  • Balancer shaft
  • Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode
  • Electronic differential lock
  • Lightweight engineering
  • Performance Control

Trim

  • Oxide Silver interior trim with high gloss black finisher

Wheels

  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres

Emissions

CO

0.275

CO2 (g/km)

129

HC

0.018

HC+NOx

Noise Level dB(A)

67

NOx

0.028

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1499

Compression Ratio

11.0:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

3

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

82

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

94.6

Engine Code

B48A20M1

Engine Layout

NORTH SOUTH

Fuel Delivery

TURBO INJECTION

Gears

7 SPEED

Number of Valves

12

Transmission

SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

50.4

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

57.6

EC Urban (mpg)

40.9

General

Badge Engine CC

1.5

Badge Power

140

Based On ID

Coin Description

sDrive i

Coin Series

SE

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

22E

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

9.6

Engine Power - BHP

140

Engine Power - KW

103

Engine Power - RPM

4600

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

162

Engine Torque - MKG

22.4

Engine Torque - NM

220

Engine Torque - RPM

1480

Top Speed

127

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

225/55 R17

Tyre Size Rear

225/55 R17

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

V SPOKE

Wheel Type

17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1526

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4360

Wheelbase

2670

Width

1824

Width (including mirrors)

2098

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

51

Gross Vehicle Weight

2005

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1355

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

470

Max. Loading Weight

590

Max. Roof Load

75

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1700

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

725

Minimum Kerbweight

1415

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11.3

On The Road

Driver Convenience

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Packs

Paintwork

Security

Technical

Trim

Wheels

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.

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 mainstream range offers one petrol option and two diesel units, all of which are 2.0-litres in size. The sole xDrive20i petrol variant is powered by a 192bhp four cylinder unit. Most X2 sales though, will be made with the diesel variants. There's the choice of a 190bhp 4WD xDrive20d model. Or, if you can't stretch to that, a 150bhp 2WD 18d diesel option with sDrive or xDrive alternatives. 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 are pitched at around £34,000 for the volume X2 xDrive20d SE 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 Sport, M Sport and M Sport X models. As standard, both models are fitted with 19-inch wheels. The standard rims for the SE model are 17-inch V-Spoke style light alloy wheels, but ten other rim designs can be specified as an option. 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 61.4mpg from a gallon of fuel and 121g/km of 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. 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.