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BMW X2 review - Reliability and safety

The X2 gets all of BMW's latest safety tech, and shares its top Euro NCAP score with the X1

Because it shares so much of its structure and safety equipment with the BMW X1, the X2 has the same Euro NCAP rating of five stars. Euro NCAP did partially test the X2 to ensure that its safety credentials stack up with the X1, which it does, so it gets the same 90 per cent score for adult occupant protection, 87 per cent for child occupants, 74 per cent for pedestrian safety and 77 per cent for safety assist.

That latter score is courtesy of the raft of safety kit that BMW gives the X2, although not all of it comes as standard. The Driving Assistant package comes with the optional Driver Pack that costs around £800. This includes high-beam assist, lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and is a useful option to add.

The Driving Assistance Plus pack builds on this, with semi-autonomous driving functions enabled by camera-based cruise control technology. This adds acceleration, braking and steering support in stop-start traffic or in a single lane on motorways.

BMW as a brand finished 27th out of 30 manufacturers in our 2020 Driver Power survey, behind all its main German premium rivals apart from Mercedes. As the X2 uses the same running gear as the X1, as well as the MINI Countryman, there's no new tech on board to gamble with, although BMW's Driver Power rankings mean the X2 ownership experience may not be as good as it is for some rival models.


BMW’s standard UK warranty lasts for three years with unlimited mileage. Various warranty extension plans are available too.


The X2 qualifies for BMW's Service Inclusive maintenance package. It covers the car for 3 years/30,000 miles, and costs around £300, which is excellent value for money. However, while rival manufacturers put a specific time or mileage limit on when a car is serviced, BMW operates a condition-based system on its cars. Every BMW has on-board tech that monitors the wear and condition of the mechanical parts. So if you do a lot of miles, a Service Inclusive package might be better value for you than for somebody who covers a less-than-average mileage each year.

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