BMW

BMW X2 HATCHBACK M35i 5dr Step Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2176 g/km

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.

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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 £30,000-£40,000 bracket, though it is podssible to pay nearly £45,000 for this car if you opt for the top M35i petrol version. Most customers are going to be spending from around £35,000 upwards, which is what you'll pay 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 50.4mpg a WLTP-rated return from a gallon of fuel and 122g/km of NEDC-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 113g/km. There's also a plug-in hybrid xDrive25e variant, which is capable of nearly 150mpg (WLTP) and up to around 43g/km of NEDC-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.

  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Fingertip control / anti-trap function on electric window
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
  • Rear window wiper with wash/wipe function

  • ASC - Active stability control
  • Electrically operated parking brake with automatic drive release
  • Multi collision braking system
  • Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Braking readiness
  • Front ventilated brake disc
  • Rear brake discs
  • Integrated Torsen mechanical limited slip differential on front axle
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Hill start assist
  • Hill descent control
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • M Sport braking system
  • Brake drying

  • Floor mats with black surround and M flag detail on front mats

  • Twin tube gas filled shock absorbers with degressive characteristic curve
  • Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode
  • Anti roll bar front and rear
  • M sport suspension

  • Apple car play
  • Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface

  • Electro hydraulically controlled multi plate clutch in rear axle
  • Energy efficient operating strategy
  • Front axle single joint with specific axle kinematics to minimise drive influences on steering + provide increased rigidity agile driving behaviour
  • Variable and stepless distribution of drive torque between front and rear axle
  • BMW remote services
  • M Sports steering
  • Active Guard incl speed limiting and lane departure functions with auto steering, and front collision warning with brake intervention
  • Park assist system

  • Automatic powered tailgate

  • TMC for lifetime of vehicle
  • Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
  • Instrument cluster with black optic and 5.7" colour display + speedometer + tachometer + fuel gauge + instant fuel economy with M35i logo
  • BMW Online services
  • On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption,service interval, clock date,odometer,trip meter,outside temperature display with acoustic ice warn
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Real time traffic information
  • Personal Profile

  • Door mirror integrated indicators
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors glass aspheric on driver's side and convex on passenger side
  • Electric folding exterior mirrors with anti-dazzle
  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror

  • Dash top finished in black with decorative stitching line on upper section
  • High gloss black centre console

  • Launch control
  • High precision injection
  • 12V compressor with integrated sealant injection bottle and hose
  • Double VANOS
  • 61 Litre touring fuel tank
  • M35i specific heavily de-throttled engine intake air guide
  • M35i specific larger turbocharger with integrated divert air valve
  • Variable vane geometry
  • Engine cover with M performance designation
  • Balancer shaft

  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/telephone controls

  • Body colour door handles
  • M rear spoiler
  • Rear window aerial
  • High gloss black front side air intake with matt black insert
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Shark fin antenna
  • M Sport exhaust system
  • Lightweight engineering
  • Model designation in left tailgate
  • Model designation in cerium grey
  • Front and rear bumper system
  • Aero curtain
  • Kidney grille in Cerium Grey with Mesh design
  • Round exhaust system with twin cerium grey tailpipes in left and right split
  • BMW badge on bonnet, tailgate with integrated tailgate release and C pillars
  • Body colour roof trims
  • High gloss black in window frame, recess covers and B-Pillar trim

  • Rear tail lights with LED technology and 3D design
  • Clear lenses direction indicator lights
  • Reversing light in rear light cluster
  • Direction indicator side lights integrated in exterior mirrors using LED technology
  • LED headlights with extended contents - cornering, high beam assist, LED day running lights with dynamic beams-through for urban and motorway
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Adjustable headlights
  • High level third brake light

  • Automatic two zone climate control air conditioning

  • Luggage compartment with underfloor storage and four lashing eyes
  • Front door sill finishers with M35i designation
  • Armrest in centre section of rear seat backrest and folding
  • Front axle always driven
  • Retaining strap on the left side of the luggage compartment
  • Luggage compartment loading edge with stainless steel insert
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Gearshift paddles on steering wheel
  • Front and rear door armrests
  • Front armrest
  • Conditioned based service
  • M Sport multifunction leather steering wheel

  • Welcome lighting
  • Glovebox with light
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Ambient light in front centre console/cup holder area
  • Interior light in front centre interior mirrors and rear centre auto interior light activation when door is opened when ignition switched off
  • LED ambient lighting in upper door trim and dashboard trim

  • Extended storage pack - X2
  • M Sport aerodynamic pack - X2 M35i
  • Extended lighting pack - X2 M35i

  • Crash sensor activating central locking release with hazard warning lights and interior lighting + battery safety cut-off
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters, rear coded belt buckles
  • M sport seatbelts
  • Child proof locking system in rear door
  • Side impact protection
  • Twin horns
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Driver and front passenger seat belt security check
  • Airbags - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection

  • Driver and front passenger seat heating
  • Three rear headrests
  • Front head restraints
  • 40:20:40 manually split folding rear seat with two tilt positions for backrest
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points

  • Remote control including integrated key with M specific highlight
  • Start/stop button with comfort go keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button
  • Auto door lock when driving
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm
  • Incorrect fuel protection system
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment

  • Sport automatic transmission
  • Performance Control
  • Transmission of power to rear axle via front axle differential and two-part cardan shaft

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders

  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres

  • 20" Burnished M Double spoke light alloy wheels finished in orbit grey matt - Style 721M with run flat tyres

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 239
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 173
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 151
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 176
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 176
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 239
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 241
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 173
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 176
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 151
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 176
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 178
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 178
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 176
  • CO2 (g/km): 157
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Engine Code: B48A20T1
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • CC: 1998
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 33.6
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 47.1
  • EC Combined (mpg): 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 26.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 26.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 26.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 36.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 10.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 10.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 10.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.8

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 306
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 42E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Insurance Group 2: 3
  • Coin Series: M35
  • Coin Description: i

  • Engine Power - BHP: 306
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.9
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Power - KW: 225
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 332
  • Engine Torque - NM: 450
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1800
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 45.9

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/40 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R20
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: DOUBLE SPOKE

  • Width (including mirrors): 2098
  • Height: 1526
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Wheelbase: 2670
  • Length: 4360
  • Width: 1824

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1615
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2190
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 61
  • Max. Loading Weight: 575
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 470
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1355
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.3

  • Sun protection glass: £270

  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging: £0

  • Active cruise control with stop and go: £0
  • Driving assistant plus: £1,150
  • Front/rear park distance control: Included
  • Cruise control with braking function: Included
  • Reversing assist camera: £0

  • BMW Navigation system with 8.8" monitor: Included
  • Head up Display: £0
  • Traffic jam assist: £0
  • BMW Navigation plus system: £0

  • Fineline stream wood interior trim with pearl chrome finish: £120
  • High gloss black interior with pearl chrome finish: £0
  • Fine oak matt wood interior trim with pearl chrome finish: £170
  • Brushed aluminium interior trim with pearl chrome finish: £0
  • Aluminium hexagon interior trim with estoril blue finish: Included
  • Aluminium hexagon anthracite interior trim: £0

  • Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system: £600
  • BMW professional radio: Included
  • 6 Speaker Loudspeaker system: Included

  • Electric dual tilt/slide panoramic glass sunroof: £1,000
  • High gloss shadow line roof rails: £170
  • Matt aluminium roof rails: £245
  • Bike rack preparation: £180
  • Metallic paint: £550
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Satin aluminium exterior trim: £0
  • High gloss shadow line exterior trim: Included

  • Adaptive LED Headlights: £0

  • Dakota leather upholstery: £0
  • Heating steering wheel: £0
  • Trigon cloth/alcantara upholstery: Included
  • Dakota leather upholstery + M sport seats: £800

  • Comfort pack 2 - X2: £1,000
  • Technology pack 1 - X2: £900
  • Technology pack 2 - X2: £1,250

  • Metallic - Storm bay: £550
  • Metallic - Mineral grey: £550
  • Metallic - Sunset orange: £550
  • Metallic - Misano blue: £550
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £550
  • Metallic - Phytonic blue: £550
  • Metallic - Galvanic gold: £550

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • Manual height adjustable for driver and front passenger seat: Included
  • Driver + front passenger lumbar support: £230
  • Electric front seat adjustment - drivers with memory: £0
  • M Sports seats: Included

  • Comfort access system: £0

  • Trigon cloth/alcantara - Anthracite: £0

  • Dakota leather - Mocha with walnut stitching: £0
  • Dakota leather - Magma red with grey stitching: £0
  • Dakota leather - Black with grey stitching + M Sport seat: £800
  • Dakota leather - Magma red with grey stitching + M Sport seats: £800
  • Dakota leather - Black with blue stitching: £0
  • Dakota leather - Black with grey stitching: £0
  • Dakota leather - Oyster with grey stitching: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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