2018 BMW X2

Save money. Use the U.S. News Best Price Program to find the best local prices on the X2.

MSRP: $38,400 - 38,400

2018 BMW X2 Review

The all-new 2018 BMW X2 debuts in the bottom half of our luxury subcompact SUV rankings. There aren't many significant weaknesses with the X2, but neither does it excel against the competition.




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 6.9
Safety: 10.0
J.D. Power Ratings Logo

Pros & Cons

  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Subpar rear-seat legroom

Is the BMW X2 a Good SUV?

The BMW X2 is a pretty good luxury subcompact SUV, but most everything about it is merely average. It finishes in the middle of the segment in a number of areas, including cargo space, handling ability, and tech offerings. Some class rivals offer more interior space, and some feature more luxurious interiors. Overall, the X2 is neither better than nor especially inferior to its rivals.

Should I Buy the BMW X2?

Buying the X2 is like ordering chicken at a restaurant. You're unlikely to be disappointed, but you're also unlikely to be blown away. There are other luxury subcompact SUVs that stand above the X2. Alternatives you should consider include stablemate BMW X1 and rival Mercedes-Benz GLA.

Compare the X2, X1, and GLA »

Should I Buy a New or Used BMW X2?

The X2 is brand new for 2018, so there are no previous model years to choose from.

We Did the Research for You: 13 Reviews Analyzed

Our car reviews include everything you need to know before heading to the dealership. We combine the opinions of the automotive press with quantifiable data like crash test results and reliability ratings to form a complete picture of every vehicle we rank.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking vehicles since 2007, and our team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. Our car reviews are objective. To keep them that way, our editorial staff doesn’t accept expensive gifts or trips from automakers, and a third party handles all the advertising on our site.

How Much Does the BMW X2 Cost?

The new-for-2018 X2 carries a base price of $36,400, which is above average for the class. If you want the M Sport package, you're looking at a starting price of around $41,000. With many other optional features to pick from, a fully loaded X2's price can climb into the high $40,000s or low $50,000s.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local BMW dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our BMW deals page.

BMW X2 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: BMW X2 or BMW X1?

The BMW X1 not only finishes ahead of the X2 in our class rankings, but it also costs less and is expected to be a bit more reliable. These two BMWs have the same engine and fuel economy ratings, but the X1 receives more praise for its handling and fun-to-drive demeanor. The X1's interior also feels a bit more upscale and provides more space for passengers and cargo. Features-wise, these two are on level footing. At the end of the day, the X1 is simply better than the X2, and it's a better buy.

Which Is Better: BMW X2 or Mercedes-Benz GLA?

The Mercedes-Benz GLA provides sporty handling and an upscale cabin, and it carries a lower base price than the X2. While the X2 has just one available engine, the GLA offers a high-performance 375-horsepower engine in addition to the base power plant. The GLA doesn't have as much cargo space as its BMW rival, but passenger space is about even. Both SUVs offer a nice assortment of features. Overall, this is a close matchup, and the better choice boils down to personal preference.

Which Is Better: BMW X2 or Volvo XC40?

The XC40 is a new addition to the Volvo lineup for the 2019 model year, and it debuts with a bang. The XC40 finishes near the top of our luxury subcompact SUV rankings, and it costs less than the X2. The Volvo features a more powerful engine than the X2, better handling, and standard all-wheel drive. Inside, the Volvo boasts one of the nicest cabins in the class, and it has more passenger space and more standard and available features than the X2. This is no contest; go with the XC40.

Compare the X2, X1, and GLA »

X2 Interior

How Many People Does the X2 Seat?

The X2 seats five. Front-seat passengers will find a comfortable space, and drivers can see well in all directions, though rearward visibility is limited when people are in the back seats. The rear seats are short on legroom, but they're supportive.

X2 and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

X2 Interior Quality

This BMW provides a quiet interior that uses plenty of premium materials. However, there are some spots where you'll find hard plastics instead of top-notch finishes.

X2 Cargo Space

The BMW X2 has OK cargo space for a luxury compact SUV. With more than 21 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, you have enough room for the family golden retriever or a weekend's worth of luggage. Fold the rear seats down, and you get about 50 cubic feet of space, letting you haul some larger items, such as outdoor gear.

X2 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the X2 include automatic climate control, a seven-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, and the iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch screen. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, wireless phone charging, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, and an upgraded infotainment system with an 8.8-inch touch screen and navigation.

The infotainment system is user-friendly once you get past the initial learning curve. The available touch screen lets you avoid the touchpad controller for many functions, making it a worthwhile upgrade. The X2 offers Apple CarPlay but not Android Auto.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

Read more about interior »

X2 Performance

X2 Engine: Generally Solid

The all-new X2 features a 228-horsepower turbo-four engine. It's responsive and provides plenty of power for most driving situations. It feels a little leisurely off the line, but you'll have no trouble passing cars on the highway.

X2 Gas Mileage: Pretty Good

With ratings of 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, the X2 gets better gas mileage than some rivals, but there's not a lot of difference between the most and least fuel-efficient luxury subcompact SUVs. You'll spend about the same amount on gas money driving the X2 as you would classmates like the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

X2 Ride and Handling: Nothing to Complain About

BMW has a reputation for delivering fun-to-drive vehicles, and while the X2 may not totally live up to that billing, it still provides plenty to like. It rides smoothly and handles with composure, and from behind the wheel, it feels like you're driving a car not an SUV.

Read more about performance »

X2 Reliability

Is the BMW X2 Reliable?

The X2 launches with a 3.5 out of five rating for predicted reliability from J.D. Power. That’s a little above average, both for this class and for a new vehicle in general.

BMW X2 Warranty

BMW covers the X2 with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty. Many luxury vehicles come with similar warranty terms.

Read more about reliability »

X2 Safety

X2 Crash Test Results

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2018 BMW X2.

X2 Safety Features

A rearview camera comes standard. Available active safety features include a head-up display, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, parallel park assist, and front and rear parking sensors.

Read more about safety »

Which BMW X2 Model Is Right for Me?

When buying the X2, you only need to worry about which features you want, because this SUV only comes in one trim: the sDrive28i. But that doesn't mean you can't add plenty of options.

The X2 carries a base price of $36,400. It features a 228-horsepower, turbo-four engine, front-wheel drive, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include automatic climate control, a seven-speaker audio system, HD Radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and the iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch screen.

For an additional $2,000, you can get the X2 xDrive28i, which comes with all-wheel drive but is otherwise identical.

When selecting your model, the X2 gives you the option to select from multiple tiers, with each tier adding more features (these basically work like option packages). The Convenience Tier ($2,350) comes with the base tier's features plus satellite radio, keyless entry, a panoramic moonroof, and more. The Premium Tier ($4,950) adds a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, and an upgraded iDrive system with navigation.

You can also add many features individually at prices ranging from $150 to more than $1,000. These include heated front seats, wireless phone charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and more.

For a starting price of $41,050, you can get the M Sport X sDrive28i. The M Sport X package adds some unique styling touches, a sport transmission that shifts faster, a sport-tuned suspension, and performance tires.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local BMW dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our BMW deals page.

See 2018 BMW X2 specs and trims »

The Final Call

The all-new X2 joins the BMW lineup for the 2018 model year, and its debut is unlikely to etch itself in our memories. There aren't many reasons to dislike this SUV, but there are better options out there for crossover shoppers.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • It's really a mini-crossover, a unique-looking, fine ride albeit missing the ferocity of others in the Beemer fleet. For some, that's just fine. For us, again - we got used to it." -- Forbes
  • "This is a common theme with crossover-coupes: more money for less space. But usually there's the added benefit of rakish lines or a more engaging driving experience. Compared to the X1, the X2 has none of that. It's a fine product in an (sic) of itself, but I can't think of a single unique purchase reason that'd make me pony up $2,500 over a perfectly lovely X1." -- CNET
  • "With unique styling and an emphasis on driving entertainment over utility, the X2 is poised to take on other subcompact utilities, like the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, and the Infiniti QX30. But we think this is the best variation on the formula so far. The sharp looks make promises that the X2 easily keeps, and even the price is reasonable, at least for a European luxury brand. While something like the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 is undoubtedly quicker, the X2 is fun, good looking, and less expensive." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Great Savings
  • Minimum Savings Guarantee
  • Hassle-Free Experience

More than 150,000 car shoppers have purchased or leased a car through the U.S. News Best Price Program. Our pricing beats the national average 86% of the time with shoppers receiving average savings of $3,383 off MSRP across vehicles.
Learn More »

Find the Best Price

Enter your zip code to get local pricing.

Get Dealer Quotes

To get dealer quotes, enter your zip code.

Search Used Listings

To search used listings, enter your zip code.

Change Location

Enter your zip code to see listings near you.

Please enter a valid zipcode