BMW iX a serious SUV EV contender

After nearly a decade since the launch as the brand’s first purpose-built electric model, the i3 BMW’s IX EV range is SUV sized, direct competitor to Audi’s E-tron and Mercedes EQC

Offered in three levels of power iX40, iX50 and the mighty iX M60Roughly the same size as its X5 sibling, and branded as a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) to highlight its dynamic and lifestyle qualities.

It really does deliver across the board; equipped with a surprising ability to take on A and B-roads with confidence and delivering a level of poise and assurance despite its 2.4-tonne kerbweight
Drivers and passengers will benefit from the supreme levels of comfort and on-board tech, not to mention the whisper-quiet electric powertrain and luxury cabin feel: the interior is swathed in soft-touch fabrics, while the futuristic dash design is a standout feature.

Rivals from other premium manufacturers that offer up some SUV/SAV competition to the iX, we don’t feel the Audi e-tron, Mercedes EQC or the Tesla Model X provide the same excellent overall package.
In a head-to-head test between the iX and e-tron highlighted the rapid pace of change in EV design and technology, with the older Audi feeling a little behind the curve compared to BMW’s smarter approach and execution.

The 322bhp xDrive40 can manage up to 257 miles from a single charge of its 71kWh battery523bhp xDrive50 version is good for up to 380 miles, using a bigger 105.2kWh battery.
Both power options can be specified with either Sport or M Sport trim levels. xDrive50 boasts 200kW rapid charging versus the xDrive40’s 150kW setup.
Faster charging ability means it takes 34 minutes to top up the xDrive50’s 105.2kWh battery from 10-80 per cent, while the same function takes 31 minutes for the xDrive 40 version

Significantly, is that the xDrive40’s excellent efficiency means you should save a decent amount on charging costs. Calculations (based on a cheaper home charging rate) indicate that you’ll spend just over £1,100 for every 20,000 miles driven, while fuelling a 3.0-litre diesel X5 would cost around three times as much to cover the same distance,
Also offering greatly reduced personal tax advantages over the diesel.

0-62mph acceleration and top speed

The iX range offers a sliding scale of acceleration times as you climb the range, with the entry 322bhp xDrive40 model laying down a 6.1-second sprint marker from 0-62mph.Whereas the xDrive50’s power output rises to 516bhp, along with an increase in torque - from 630Nm to 765Nm. 0-62mph is achieved in 4.6 seconds, with both cars have a top speed of 124mph.

BMW have taken time to produce this size of EV and it certainly looks worth the wait

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 29th November 2022