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2018 BMW X2 Review

The 2018 BMW X2 finishes in the top half of our luxury subcompact SUV rankings. It has composed handling and a good amount of technology features, but some class rivals have nicer cabins.

Pros & Cons

  • Balanced ride
  • Poised handling
  • Solid list of features
  • Subpar rear-seat legroom
  • Not as athletic as some rivals
  • High price tag

2018 BMW X2 Overview

Is the 2018 BMW X2 a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the X2 is a good all-round luxury subcompact SUV, but there are competitors that are more engaging to drive, like the 2018 BMW X1.

The 2018 X2 has several highlights:

  • Solid engine power
  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Lots of technology features

However, it does have a few weaknesses:

  • Not as engaging to drive as some class rivals
  • Limited rear-seat legroom
  • Above-average prices
Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 18 BMW X2 reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2018 BMW X2?

Based on listings for the 2018 BMW X2 on our site, the average price is $36,500. Prices range from $30,400 to $42,700 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 BMW X2 Cost to Own?

At the time of writing, we do not have enough data to project the 2018 BMW X2’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New X2?

The price of a 2019 BMW X2 starts at $36,400. For 2019, Subaru introduced the performance-oriented M35i trim, and a 6.5-inch touch screen became standard (it was available in 2018 models). Shoppers interested in the M35i – which includes enhancements such as M Sport steering system, suspension, and brakes – have to decide if it's worth the additional expense. If it isn’t, stick with the 2018 X2.

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The X2 debuted for 2018, so there are no other model years to choose from.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 BMW X2?

The 2018 BMW X2 has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 BMW X2 Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2018 BMW X2:

  • Crankshaft sensor firmware may cause the vehicle to stall

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used BMW X2 Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 BMW X2 is available in two trims: sDrive 28i and xDrive 28i. The base sDrive28i comes with front-wheel drive, while the xDrive28i has all-wheel drive. Otherwise, the two trims are nearly identical.

When the X2 was new, multiple trims were available, so you could find one with features like satellite radio, keyless entry, a panoramic moonroof, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, and an upgraded iDrive system with navigation. An M Sport X package was also available, and it includes unique styling, an upgraded transmission, performance tires, and a sport-tuned suspension.

  • BMW X2 sDrive28i: The base sDrive28i comes with synthetic leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and the iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display, a USB port, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and seven speakers.
  • BMW X2 xDrive28i: The xDrive28i comes with all of the base trim's features as well as all-wheel drive.

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What Does BMW's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

The BMW Certified CPO program is available on vehicles with between 300 and 60,000 miles on the odometer. The program covers buyers for one year with unlimited mileage after the four-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty has expired. This warranty can be renewed for a fee, but there is a maximum of five years of coverage. Each BMW must pass a road test and a 196-point inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available. Restrictions apply on transferring CPO coverage to subsequent owners. Read the BMW warranty page carefully.

BMW has one of the less-attractive CPO programs among luxury car manufacturers, according to our research. You’ll get better warranties from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Jaguar.

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How Safe Is the X2?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the BMW X2 a 2018 Top Safety Pick. The X2 earned the highest rating of Good in all six crash tests performed. Properly equipped models received the second-highest rating of Advanced for front crash prevention. In headlight testing, the X2 received the second-highest rating of Acceptable for how well they illuminate the road ahead.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not crash tested the X2.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking
  • pedestrian detection
  • lane departure warning
  • head-up display
  • adaptive cruise control
  • parallel park assist
  • front and rear parking sensors

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2018 BMW X2 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 BMW X2 or 2018 BMW X1?

The 2018 BMW X1 ranks higher than the X2, and it has a lower average list price. The X1 has the same base engine and fuel economy figures as the X2, but it delivers more athletic handling and responsive steering. These two BMW SUVs have similar features, but the X1 boasts a more refined interior, as well as more passenger and cargo room. Between these two luxury subcompact SUVs, the X1 is the winner.

Which Is Better: 2018 BMW X2 or 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA?

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA and the X2 are neck and neck in our rankings. Both vehicles have a comparable amount of features, but there’s a big difference in performance and interior quality between the two. The Mercedes has sportier handling and a more lavish cabin than the BMW, but the X2 has a comfier ride and more cargo room than the GLA. You’ll spend less to purchase a GLA, on average. Your decision may come down to preference.

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2018 X2 Performance

How Does the 2018 BMW X2 Drive?

The 2018 BMW X2 isn't the most fun-to-drive Bimmer on the market, but there’s still plenty to like. This little SUV offers composed handling and a smooth ride. The only engine available is a turbocharged four-cylinder, but it has enough pep for most drivers. However, some folks may find it to be slow from a stop.

  • Engine: 228-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 BMW X2 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2018 X2 has good gas mileage for the class.

  • FWD: 23/32 mpg city/highway
  • AWD: 21/31 mpg

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2018 BMW X2 Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 X2 Seat?

The 2018 X2 seats five people in two rows, and the seats are comfortable and supportive. The cabin is made up of mostly quality materials, but there are a few hard plastics scattered throughout. The front row has a good amount of space, but the rear seats don't have much legroom.

Standard seating features:

  • synthetic leather upholstery
  • power-adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • genuine leather upholstery
  • heated front seats
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 BMW X2?

The 2018 BMW X2 has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. The LATCH equipment is easy to find, but the lower anchors may be difficult to maneuver around.

2018 BMW X2 Features

The standard iDrive infotainment system is fairly intuitive, but it employs a rotary dial that may be tricky to use at first. The available touch screen is easier to use.

  • Standard infotainment features: the iDrive infotainment system with HD Radio, seven speakers, a 6.5-inch display, a USB port, and Bluetooth
  • Available infotainment features: an 8.8-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, and Apple CarPlay
  • Additional standard features: automatic climate control and a power liftgate

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2018 BMW X2 Dimensions

BMW X2 Cargo Space

The X2 has a decent amount of cargo space for a luxury subcompact SUV. It has 21.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 50.1 cubic feet with them folded down. A power liftgate is standard.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 BMW X2 Length and Weight
  • Length: about 14 feet, 4 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,499 to 3,662 pounds

Where Was the 2018 BMW X2 Built?

BMW built the 2018 X2 in Germany.


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