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BMW X2 SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2

BMW X2 running costs are on a par with its more conventional X1 sister

Carbuyer Rating

3.6 out of 5

MPG, running costs & CO2 Rating

4.0 out of 5

Small SUV crossover vehicles such as the BMW X2 are designed to deliver the best of two worlds – the outer appearance of a powerful go-anywhere beast and the fuel efficiency of a family-friendly hatchback. This is one reason they have become so popular – everybody wants the look of the former but without exorbitant running costs.

BMW X2 MPG & CO2

The BMW X2 certainly delivers in the looks department and is a lot less thirsty than a full-size SUV. It can't quite match the BMW 1 Series hatchback for economy, though, particularly with the 187bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine and four-wheel-drive.

Nevertheless, claimed fuel-efficiency of up to 51.4mpg from the xDrive20d isn't too bad and compares well with models from the top of the Mercedes GLA and Audi Q2 ranges. Its 147g/km CO2 emissions figure puts it in a fairly high Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) band, however, which is likely to put off company-car choosers.

The front-wheel drive sDrive18d beats its more powerful counterpart with up to 56.5mpg economy and CO2 emissions of 131g/km. Meanwhile, the sDrive20i petrol doesn't disgrace itself, either. Even in the enthusiast's favourite M Sport trim, it returns up to 43.5mpg, with 149g/km emissions. Below that is the two-wheel drive sDrive18i, which returns up to 44.8mpg and offers company-car drivers the lowest BiK rating in the non-hybrid range. The petrol models will particularly suit those who make frequent short or urban journeys.

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The plug-in hybrid xDrive25e will be a favourite among business buyers, thanks to its low CO2 emissions of 39-41g/km. This places it in a low BiK band, only beaten by battery electric rivals like the Mercedes EQA. An electric range of up to 33 miles also helps boost its official fuel economy figure to around 157mpg, although the Mercedes GLA offers nearly 40 miles of electric range. Like every plug-in hybrid, you'll only achieve this if you can charge the battery regularly and drive fairly short distances.

Stepping up to the M35i doesn't see fuel economy drop as much as you might expect, with up to 36.7mpg possible but 176g/km emissions do put it in the highest BiK band.

Road tax for the BMW X2 costs the standard yearly rate, although hybrid versions get a slight reduction. But pushing its price to more than £40,000 (including options) incurs a surcharge to take your tax bill to nearly £500 in years two to six, and it only takes a few box ticks to get it over that threshold. At that price, the X2 doesn’t make much sense against newer or bigger rivals.

Insurance

The BMW X2 broadly matches the BMW X1 for insurance costs. The xDrive20d SE is listed in group 29 while the less powerful sDrive18d SE sits in group 25. The sDrive20i occupies insurance group 29 as an SE or 32 as an M Sport. In comparison, the Audi Q3 starts in insurance group 19 for the 1.5-litre petrol, but the 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines range from group 19 to 24.

Servicing

BMW servicing is determined by an on-board system that monitors driving style, oil condition and mileage, along with various other factors. Service costs can be spread through BMW's fixed-price service contract scheme, which can be taken out for up to five years or 50,000 miles. There's also the option of a Service Inclusive Plus pack, which covers the cost of replacing 'wear-and-tear' parts such as the clutch and brakes.

Warranty

BMW provides a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty that matches Mercedes and beats Audi. It's a shame that premium brands can't equal the warranties of Hyundai or Kia, which offer five and seven-year guarantees respectively.

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