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BMW X2 review - MPG, running costs & CO2 emissions

The entry-level BMW X2 is more efficient than rivals, but company-car buyers will be better off with the electric iX2

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The BMW X2 is offered with a very simple petrol engine range. Fuel economy figures for the entry-level BMW X2 sDrive20i model sit in the mid-to-high 40s – for context the Audi Q3 Sportback can return up to 43mpg in entry-level petrol 35 TFSI guise, making the X2 the more economical choice. 

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Predictably, the performance-focused X2 M35i xDrive with its larger 2.0-litre engine and four-wheel drive is much less efficient, achieving figures in the mid-30s. This is mostly on a par with the Q3 Sportback 40 TFSI and 45 TFSI models, though the X2’s higher power output makes its economy figures more impressive.

Unfortunately, if you’re a fan of diesel cars, the X2 forgoes this option completely in the UK, while the Q3 Sportback is still offered with a diesel TDI engine capable of up to 54.3mpg. The all-electric iX2 eDrive20 model boasts a range of up to 283 miles on a charge, though it’s more expensive than both petrol models to buy. Above this, there’s the iX2 xDrive30, which gets an official range of up to 267 miles. Both the electric models produce zero tail-pipe emissions, meaning they sit in a low BiK band, so they’re a good choice for company-car buyers.

As all versions of the BMW X2 cost over £40,000, they incur an extra £390 on top of the standard rate of VED (car tax) for the first five years of the vehicle’s life.

Model 

Fuel economy

CO2 emissions

BMW X2 sDrive20i

44.8-48.7mpg

143-131g/km

BMW X2 M35i xDrive

34.9-36.7mpg

183-174g/km

What will the BMW X2 cost to insure?

Insurance groups range from 24 for the entry-level 1.5-litre X2 in M Sport trim to 42 out of 50 for the top-of-the-line M35i model. This is similar to the Audi Q3 Sportback range at the lower end of the scale, while the most powerful version of this car sits in group 35.

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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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