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Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3
  • Very reasonable costs across the board
  • X2 sDrive18d the hero of the range
  • Popular xDrive20d a good all-rounder

In terms of claimed fuel economy the BMW X2’s running costs are much of a muchness – the sDrive18d is the best performer with a official combined figure of 62.8mpg (NEDC) on offer, while the worst is the sDrive20i with 51.4mpg. Pitched right down the middle is the bestselling xDrive20d – this claims 60.1mpg is possible, and is actually a more frugal unit than the less powerful all-wheel drive xDrive18d. You can find out how these fuel figures are calculated by reading our handy guide to NEDC and WLTP standards.

Inevitably the X2’s excellent fuel economy is reflected by the amount of CO2 it emits in its various forms, whether petrol, diesel, two- or all-wheel drive. The best car again is the diesel-powered sDrive18d, with 119g/km of CO2, while the best all-wheel drive model is the xDrive20d – its 124g/km bettering the lower powered xDrive18d’s 128g/km.

Petrol-powered sDrive20i cars are equally impressive, with 126g/km of CO2, making them a viable alternative to diesel for the ecologically minded, especially when talking in terms of price.

BMW X2 xDrive 20d, blue, on the road

Is it reliable?

  • Underpinnings shared with X1
  • Engines used across the range
  • Reliability isn't as good as it should be

On one hand it’s far too early to tell whether the BMW X2 is going to give you any specific reliability bother – on the other, it’s based on tried-and-tested mechanicals from a renowned manufacturer. But, according to Parkers Owner Reviews, the MINI Countryman, which the X2 is so closely based upon, scores an unimpressive average of 3.0 to 3.5 out of five, depending on generation.

There are some concerns that are worth noting. BMW's performance in the 2019 JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study was poor, coming bottom in a list of 24 vehicle manufacturers - including traditional problem child, Fiat. According to JD Power, BMWs encountered 181 problems per 100 vehicles. That compares with Volvo (106), Mercedes-Benz (136) and Audi (167).

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,164 - £1,238 *
Diesel 131p £961 - £1,063 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
2.0d Diesel 113 g/km (Min) £145
2.0i Petrol 157 g/km (Max) £465

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £145 - £465
Insurance group 22 - 42
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.