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The Top Gear car review:BMW X2
Running costs and reliability
An interesting thing about the mainstream engines: the 20d and 20i don’t just make similar power and 0-62 times, they also emit very similar CO2, at a quite reasonable 124g/km (diesel) and 126g/km (petrol). The petrol does drink a bit more. The near-parity of CO2 figures is due to the extra carbon-density of diesel.
Anyway, if you pay company car tax, or you want to avoid possible diesel city restrictions (as yet unspecified for EU6), the case for a return to petrol looks strong.
But there’s a gotcha. To achieve this economy parity, the 20i has two fewer driven wheels than the diesel. No reason to suppose an xDrive petrol won’t come along later – you can have that drivetrain in the closely related X1 and, indeed, the Mini Cooper S Countryman All4.
Other running costs for the 20d – depreciation, servicing, as well as fuelling and company car tax – look bang-on competitive with the Evoque and Merc GLA. Prices are a couple of thousand on the high side of the equivalents from the X1 range.
The base X2 spec is strong on equipment but low on good cheer – the cabin is monochrome, the wheels small. Step up to a Sport and it’s a happier place, with nicer cloth on sportier seats, and LED ambient light strips. Plus you add handy stuff outside including LED headlights and 18s.
The M Sport and M Sport X top that off with 19s and two different body kits, plus the M Sport chassis.