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BMW iX2 Review & Prices

The BMW iX2 is a surprisingly practical electric car with bold styling and good range, but there are cheaper and longer-range options available

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Is the BMW iX2 a good car?

BMW makes some of the best electric cars around, and the iX2 is its latest offering. As the name suggests, it’s the electric version of the BMW X2, and shares its underpinnings with the BMW X1 and iX1. But where the X1 is an upright, practical small SUV, the X2 and iX2 have a dramatic coupe-like silhouette with a sloping roofline.

It’s a bit like a post-war semi-detached house with a bright white render and some glitzy chandeliers - the bones remain practical and sensible, but there’s an additional modern layer that for some makes it all the more desirable.

You might be considering the iX2 alongside a whole host of other electric SUVs - not only the aforementioned iX1 but big hitters such as the Audi Q4 e-Tron Sportback, Volvo C40 and Tesla Model Y.

Design-wise, there’s little to mark the iX2 out from the petrol-powered X2 - only a filled-in front grille and associated badging. This makes it ideal if you’re the sort of person who’d like an EV, but you don’t really want to shout about it too much.

With its sloping roofline, angular rear, statement front grille and intricate headlights, the iX2 certainly stands out among more minimalist SUVs. The exterior styling might be a bit of an acquired taste, but for most people there’s little to complain about on the inside - not only is it well-designed, it’s very well-built with high-quality materials and lots of technology.

With 306hp and all-wheel drive, the BMW iX2 has the performance to back up the car's sporty looks

Mat Watson
Mat Watson
Carwow expert

All that tech’s operated through a pair of high-res screens, with a minimum of physical controls. The traditional BMW rotary iDrive controller will be sorely missed by some, but the touchscreen interface has been well designed with big controls that are easy for pudgy fingers to hit.

Practicality takes a hit compared to the iX1, as despite the boot being large on paper compared to most alternatives the sloping roof limits the size of loads that you can take. And while the rear seats are really roomy for two adults, the centre seat is almost useless - making the iX2 a four-seater except for very occasional use.

BMW sells two versions of the iX2 - they’re badged as the eDrive20 and the xDrive30. Both use the same size of battery, but the single-motor eDrive20 can cover up to 282 miles on a charge, while the more powerful all-wheel drive xDrive30 manages up to 267 miles.

So far we’ve driven the latter, and found it to drive impressively well - much like we did the iX1. It’s as quiet and refined as you’d hope from an electric car, but there’s a little of a sense that the iX2 is meant to be more of a drivers’ choice than alternatives from Audi or Volvo.. The steering is satisfying, performance is ample and like the iX1 it’s up there as one of the benchmarks in the sector.

If you’re interested, check out our latest BMW iX2 deals on Carwow here. You can also check out used BMW X2s for sale, or other used BMWs here. And remember that when the time comes for car-changing you can even sell your old car through Carwow’s network of trusted dealers.

How much is the BMW iX2?

The BMW iX2 has a RRP range of £51,615 to £61,715. However, with Carwow you can save on average £1,684. Prices start at £50,094 if paying cash. Monthly payments start at £659.

Our most popular versions of the BMW iX2 are:

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230kW xDrive30 M Sport 65kWh 5dr Auto £55,749 Compare offers
230kW xDrive30 M Sport 65kWh 5dr Auto [22kWCh] £56,603 Compare offers

The iX2 starts at nearly £52,000 for the eDrive20 model in its sole M Sport trim, which is quite a sum considering the same powertrain costs from £46,205 in the iX1. However, that’s in a lower trim level - the equivalent iX1 M Sport is only around £600 below the iX2. 

In comparison with the Volvo C40 or Tesla Model Y, that’s quite pricey - the iX2 is more comparable to larger, longer-range EVs such as the Kia EV6 and Audi Q4 e-Tron Sportback. Good residual values make for appealing finance packages, but in cash terms, the iX2 is quite an expensive car - especially if you want the additional performance of the xDrive30 model.

Performance and drive comfort

Powerful and good to drive, but the firm suspension makes bad roads a chore

In town

The iX2’s electric powertrain (and slew of useful driver aids) make it a doddle to pilot around town. Even in its most efficient setting, there’s plenty of punch to get away quickly at traffic lights - with the benefit of the gearless, seamless electric motor making for smooth progress no matter what.

Visibility out of the front is good, but the rear of the car has fairly poor visibility with a small rear window and thick C-pillar limiting your over-the-shoulder view. At least there’s plenty of technology to help you out - particularly BMW’s clever parking systems, which can park the car for you or even repeat your last moves in reverse if you’ve gone too far down a narrow cul-de-sac or have to back out of a tight spot in a multistorey car park.

The other blot on the iX2’s copybook is the suspension. The regular X2 is quite firm in terms of how it smooths out imperfections in the road surface, but the additional weight of the iX2’s battery pack makes things a little worse still. It’s far from unbearable, but you really do notice the bumps in the road. A Volvo C40 or Audi Q4 e-Tron are both much more accomplished at ironing out poor surfaces or speed bumps. The iX1 suffers from the same issue, but it can be improved by opting for a different specification with smaller alloy wheels - not possible in the single-trim iX2 range.

On the motorway

The iX2’s firm suspension is much less noticeable at speed on a smooth motorway. The car settles down quite nicely and makes for a good cruiser.

There’s plenty of punch from the xDrive30 model we tested, even in the 50-70mph range where some electric cars can feel sluggish. Of course, with 306hp on tap, you’d rather hope that this model was powerful enough for motorway speeds to feel effortless. We’ll update this review with our impressions of the lower-powered eDrive20 when we’ve tested it, but it still has 204hp and shouldn’t feel underpowered.

The iX2’s silent electric powertrain plus its aerodynamic silhouette means that it’s a very refined car on the motorway, while standard-fit cruise control takes the sting out of long trips. You can also add one of BMW’s driver assistance packages, which bring goodies like adaptive cruise control and a head-up display, though it’s a shame these don’t come as standard given the iX2’s price.

On a twisty road

The iX2 isn’t bad when you reach an exciting road - the steering is nicely weighted and accurate, so it’s easy to place the car where you’re aiming it. The xDrive30 model has all the power you could want on a British B-road, and if you overcook it slightly you can feel the rear motor stepping in to stop you from getting too out of line. It’ll do 0-62mph in a brisk 5.6 seconds, compared to 8.6 seconds for the eDrive20.

It’s never really ‘fun’, though - a bit like the iX1, you can really feel that the iX2 is quite a heavy car when you start to get a wiggle on. It doesn’t feel especially nimble, like smaller BMWs are supposed to.

The many driver modes have some strange names, but ‘Sport’ is as you’d expect - it heats up the throttle response and weights up the steering some more, but doesn’t fundamentally change the car’s character. A Kia EV6 is more satisfying to drive on a good road.

Space and practicality

A big boot and ample space for two in the back, just don’t try and fit a third rear passenger

Drivers and front passengers of all sizes shouldn’t have much to complain about in the BMW iX2. Unlike some EVs where you sit uncomfortably high, the iX2’s front seats go down nice and low, and there’s loads of adjustment. Especially of note for taller drivers is the extendable seat cushion, which gives drivers with long legs a bit more under-thigh support.

Storage space is good but not exceptional - there are ample door bins and a good-sized glovebox, but there’s a lack of anywhere useful to sling keys, wallets or other assorted pocket debris. The tray underneath the central armrest isn’t very easily accessible when you’re sat down either.

What’s very good is the wireless smartphone charger, though, which has a spring-loaded retaining bar to keep your smartphone safe and secure. If you’re not making use of the wireless connections there are a pair of USB-C sockets, too.

Space in the back seats

There’s a surprising amount of space for rear passengers considering the iX2’s stylish silhouette. A six-foot tall adult can easily sit behind a driver of a similar height, with plenty of legroom and just about enough headroom. Anyone taller will find their hair brushing the roofline, but that’s easily remedied by slouching a little.

Rear passengers are treated to a pair of USB-C sockets in the centre, and useful door bins that can take a bottle of water with ease.

The centre passenger has a rather worse time, though. Not only is the middle seat narrower and harder than the outer two, but there’s a hump in the roof lining that really restricts headroom for anyone sat there. If you need to seat three rear passengers, then you’d be much better off with a BMW iX1. Or a Tesla Model Y.

Loading child seats isn’t the easiest thing, as the rear doors are smaller than on the iX1 and the lower roofline restricts opening space. ISOFIX points are present and correct in both outer rear seats, behind removable plastic covers.

Boot space

The iX2’s 525-litre boot is a really good size and shape. On paper, it’s even bigger than the iX1 - but that’s just the space below the parcel shelf. In reality, the iX1’s squarer tailgate means you can accommodate taller items and more overall than the more sloping iX2.

Still, it’s a very useful space - the Audi Q4 e-Tron Sportback is almost identical with 520 litres, but a Tesla Model Y eclipses it with more than 800 litres of space.

The iX2 doesn’t have a ‘frunk’ like some other electric cars, but there is a cubby under the boot floor that’s ideal for storing cables. The seats fold in a 40:20:40 split, which is useful when you have long, thin items and still want to carry two rear passengers.

Interior style, infotainment and accessories

High-quality with a great touchscreen system, but lack of buttons can frustrate

The iX2’s interior is almost identical to the regular X2, itself lifted straight from the X1/iX1 and similar to other small BMWs. That’s not a bad thing in the least - it doesn’t feel at all like an entry-level car, with very high interior quality throughout and plenty of luxurious materials. Even lower on the dash where plastics are a little cheaper, it still feels well-built. Unlike a Mercedes EQA, there are almost no creaks and rattles.

The dashboard is dominated by two large screens - a centre infotainment screen that measures 10.25 inches, and a driver display for instrumentation that measures 10.7-inches. Both sit under the same piece of glass, making for a seamless look and feel.

The screens are both bright and clear, with a responsive interface. Everything’s easy enough to hit, which is good as unlike larger BMWs there is no rotary dial to use as a backup. However, there are so many features that sometimes you do end up having to scroll through a lot of menus - not always easy to do on the move. However, BMW has retained physical controls for things like the seats and the mirrors, which is good.

An optional Technology Pack provides an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, adaptive LED lights, the aforementioned wireless charging pad and keyless entry. For a bit extra you can get the Technology Plus pack, which has a head-up display, BMW’s augmented-reality navigation system, and the ‘Iconic Glow’ illuminated grille. A Harman Kardon audio system is also available as an option, and sounds fantastic.

Electric range, charging and tax

The iX2 isn’t up there with the best EVs for range, but nor does it embarrass itself. With a maximum range of 282 miles from the eDrive20, it does look a little weedy next to cars like the Tesla Model Y, Volvo C40 or Kia EV6 - all of which can do more than 300 miles per charge, officially. The more powerful xDrive30 has a maximum range of 267 miles.

However, the BMW does have a smaller battery than those cars, so it’s actually quite efficient - this will pay dividends when it comes to the overall cost of ownership, especially if you regularly use public charging. 

Speaking of public charging, find a sufficiently powerful charge station and the iX2 can top up at a maximum rate of 130kW. That’s good for a 10-80% charge in 29 minutes in a best-case scenario. Again, that’s not hugely impressive next to Volvo and Tesla’s 200+kW speeds, but it’s sufficient for the size of the iX2’s battery.

As an EV, the iX2 is the cheapest model in the X2 range when it comes to company car tax, with really competitive benefit-in-kind rates making it cost-effective to run. As with all pure EVs, it’s also exempt from vehicle excise duty as well as London’s congestion charge until 2025.

Safety and security

The iX2 hasn’t been individually tested by Euro NCAP but it’s likely it will inherit its rating from the mechanically similar iX1. That scored a full five stars when Euro NCAP tested it, performing additional assessments over a diesel-powered X1 that it had previously evaluated. 

Safety equipment for the X2 is good, with the latest version of its autonomous emergency braking system even able to warn the driver of pedestrians or cyclists travelling parallel to the car that might be in the way when turning. The same system can warn you if you’re parked up and about to open your door into a passing bike.

Optionally available, the Driving Assistant Plus package includes adaptive cruise control (shame BMW charges extra for this) and advanced lane-keeping aids, plus automatic speed limit assistance.

Reliability and problems

The old BMW X2 wasn’t without its problems, just like the X1 it was based on. However, the latest X1 has proved quite dependable, with only one small recall since launch. The iX1 hasn’t had any specific recalls, and as an EV it has fewer moving parts to worry about or to service. So good signs for the reliability of the iX2.

BMW’s standard warranty is just three years but unlimited mileage, making it useful for those who do lots of long journeys. It’s about on par with the warranties from Mercedes or Audi, but some Korean and Japanese brands do offer much longer coverage. BMW also offers eight years and 100,000 miles of cover for the battery, which is about standard.

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