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BMW iX2 Review

The BMW iX2 is an all-electric compact Sports Activity Coupé, or, put another way, a sporty-looking version of the BMW iX1 SUV, with all-wheel drive and a driving range of up to 267 miles.

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  • BMW iX2
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  • BMW iX2
  • BMW iX2
  • BMW iX2
  • BMW iX2
  • BMW iX2
  • BMW iX2
  • BMW iX2
  • BMW iX2
  • BMW iX2
Green Car Guide Rating: 9/10

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size:   BMW iX2 xDrive30 M Sport
  • Fuel:   Electric
  • Electric driving range (WLTP): 259 − 267 miles
  • Maximum rapid charging rate:   130 kW

Summary

  • BMW iX2 is the Sports Activity Coupé version of the iX1 SUV
  • xDrive30 M Sport model offers all-wheel drive
  • 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds
  • Official driving range of up to 267 miles

Background

BMW has been rolling out all-electric versions of increasing numbers of its models, and now it’s the turn of the X2. The iX2 aims to offer a visually more sporty version of the iX1 SUV, and the xDrive30 M Sport model also aims to deliver a sporty driving experience, with all-wheel drive and a 0-62 mph acceleration time of 5.6 seconds.

BMW iX2

BMW iX2

Design & Engineering

BMW describes the iX2 as a ‘Sports Activity Coupé’, and the rear styling is in keeping with the latest X4. The interior also features some interesting design details such as a variety of textures and materials on the door trims (“Aluminium Hexacube”).

Measuring 4,554 mm in length, the iX2 has five full-size seats and a large (and long) boot offering 525 litres of space, or 1,400 litres with the rear seats folded, and there’s enough space under the false boot floor to store charging cables.

Rear legroom isn’t the largest in its class; rear seats that could slide forwards or backwards could be a solution to offer more legroom or more boot space depending on the customer’s needs.

The iX2 has a 66.5 kWh battery (64.8 kWh usable capacity) and two electric motors which deliver 190 hp / 247 Nm at the front and 190 hp / 247 Nm at the rear, giving all-wheel drive and a total of power output of 313 hp (including temporary boost) and 494 Nm of torque. The motors and the high-voltage battery are the latest, fifth generation of BMW eDrive technology.

The iX2 has a number of aerodynamic features including the closed-off BMW kidney grille, air curtains in the outer sections of the front apron, flush-fitting door handles, aerodynamically optimised exterior mirrors, rear lights and light-alloy wheels, a model-specific rear spoiler, a large diffuser in the lower section of the rear apron which guides air flow around the car, and a virtually fully sealed underbody with air guides. Together, these engineering elements bring the car’s drag coefficient (Cd) down to 0.25.

The carbon footprint of the BMW iX2 xDrive30 is around 30 per cent lower than that of the new BMW X2 sDrive20i when charged using the current EU electricity mix; if renewable power is used for charging, its footprint is around 60 per cent lower. The electric motors avoid the need to use rare-earth metals and the BMW Group purchases the cobalt and lithium required for the high-voltage batteries itself and then supplies them to the firms who make the battery cells, in order to verify where the raw materials are sourced from.

The BMW iX2 weighs 2,095 kg and has a towing weight of 1,200kg.

BMW iX2

BMW iX2

BMW iX2 Driving Experience

The BMW iX2 is a reasonably compact size with 302 hp of power, 494 Nm of instantly-available torque, all-wheel drive, and a 0-62 mph acceleration time of 5.6 seconds, so there is fun to be had in terms of the driving experience. But overall the driving experience shares the benefits of most new EVs: the iX2 is quiet, refined and comfortable to drive (although not quite up to the comfort standards of the BMW iX3).

There are three standard drive modes, Personal, Sport and Efficient. Three additional drive modes are available via BMW Digital Premium: Expressive, Relax and Digital Art. Acceleration in Sport mode results in a futuristic sporty soundtrack courtesy of BMW IconicSounds Electric.

Within Efficient mode there’s a MAX RANGE function, which is claimed to offer an increase in driving range of up to 25 per cent by limiting power and speed.

The gear selector offers the options of D or B, the latter applying increased levels of adaptive brake regeneration, and high, medium or low braking energy recovery can be selected through the touchscreen.

The iX2 has a paddle on the left of the steering wheel – this doesn’t change the level of regen braking, but instead provides a short power boost.

The super-convenient iDrive rotary controller, along with its shortcut buttons, located between the two front seats on most recent BMWs, has gone. Instead these controls have been moved to the touchscreen. There’s a 10.25-inch information display and a 10.7-inch control display, both merged into a single ‘BMW Curved Display’. The central touchscreen has three shortcut buttons on the right-hand side: Media, Tel and Nav. The iX2 has even lost separate climate controls – temperature settings are now located on the touchscreen, and you need to press the fan symbol at the bottom of the touchscreen to bring up a screen to adjust details such as where the ventilation comes from.

It may come as a surprise that a BMW at this price point only comes with manual seat adjustment, which doesn’t give the ease of control of an electric seat. However you do get heated seats and a heated steering wheel.

Along with the majority of new cars the iX2 automatically corrupts the steering due to the lane departure warning system, and it beeps if you exceed the speed limit; both of these features can be switched off by pressing the button with the graphic of a car and three lines located next to the gear selector.

BMW iX2

BMW iX2

BMW iX2 Electric Range and Charging

The BMW iX2 xDrive30 M Sport has a WLTP combined electric range of 259-267 miles. After a week of mixed driving, our test car was averaging 217 miles on a full charge.

The iX2 xDrive30 can charge at up to 130 kW DC, enabling a 10% to 80% charge in 29 minutes. AC charging can be carried out at up to 11 kW using a three-phase power supply, typically found at workplaces in the UK, when a 0% to 100% charge could be completed in 6.5 hours. AC charging at up to 22 kW can also be specified as an option, which can reduce the charging time to 3 hours 45 minutes.

The maximum DC charging rate quoted for electric cars isn’t a figure that is maintained throughout a period of charging, instead, as the battery charge increases, the charge rate drops – typically in ‘steps’. BMW has been working on minimising these steps, and the iX2 has the latest version of the ‘Max Performance Charging’ software which aims to ensure that the charging rate drops smoothly instead of following the previous ‘stepped’ curve, resulting in shorter charging times, as well as allowing the battery to be charged at the full rate up to a 50 per cent state of charge.

Battery charging speed – and battery longevity – is also improved by careful thermal management of the battery, including cooling during DC charging. If the navigation system’s route guidance has planned a stop at a DC charging point, the BMW iX2’s battery is pre-heated as the car approaches to ensure power is taken on board as efficiently as possible.

The BMW iX2 is also equipped to use the Plug & Charge function. This means that digital authentication via app or charging card is no longer required at compatible public charging stations; instead, the vehicle authenticates itself automatically.

The iX2 has a heat pump which aims to ensure that cabin heating in cold weather has minimal impact on the battery’s range.

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BMW iX2

BMW iX2

Price And Model Range

The BMW iX2 xDrive30 M Sport costs £56,540. Standard equipment includes M Adaptive Suspension, Electric Folding Exterior Mirrors, Front Sport Seats, M Sport Leather Steering Wheel, High-gloss Shadowline Exterior Trim and Front Heated Seats.

In addition our test car had options including the following: Fire Red paint (£595), 20-inch alloy wheels (£700), Atlas Grey/Smoke White interior (£795), Heated Steering Wheel (£175), M Sport package Pro (£1,710), Sun Protection Glass (£330), Interior Camera (£170), Harman/Kardon Surround Sound Audio System (£660) and Technology Plus Pack (£2,890), totalling £8,025, and taking the final purchase price to £65,470 – which is fairly substantial for a ‘compact’ car.

The new BMW iX2 is offered in two variants in the UK, the BMW iX2 eDrive20 and the BMW iX2 xDrive30, with M Sport specification as standard.

The BMW iX2 eDrive20 has a 204 hp electric motor at the front axle (front-wheel drive premium EVs are increasingly unusual) with a driving range of 272 – 283 miles and is priced from £51,615.

BMW iX2

BMW iX2

Conclusion

The BMW iX2 looks stylish and it offers the normal refined EV driving experience along with the traditional BMW driving feel ‘curated’ by features such as the thick M Sport steering wheel. With 302 hp of power in a compact car, performance is good, and all-wheel drive delivers good levels of grip. You might expect something more than manual driver’s seat adjustment in a car at this price point, rear legroom isn’t particularly generous, the real-world range could be better, and the iX3 offers more comfort, but overall the iX2 is another desirable electric BMW and it’s awarded a Green Car Guide rating of 9 out of 10.

Car facts and figures BMW iX2 Review

  • Test electric driving range: 217 miles
  • Consumption (WLTP): 3.5 − 3.7 mi/kWh
  • CO2 emissions (WLTP): 0 g/km
  • Vehicle tax rate (VED):   £0
  • Benefit in Kind (BIK) company car tax liability (2024/25): 2%
  • Price:   £56,540
  • Insurance group:  38
  • Power:   302 hp
  • Torque:   494 Nm
  • Max speed:   106 mph
  • 0-62 mph:   5.6 seconds
  • Weight:   2,095 kg
  • Towing capacity: 1,200 kg
Paul Clarke

Review by:
Paul Clarke, GreenCarGuide Editor