BMW iX Review 2024
BMW iX At A Glance
The BMW iX is the brand's first bespoke electric car since the i3 was launched way back in 2013. It's about the size of a BMW X5, has a range of up to 380 miles and is set to compete with the Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-tron and Mercedes-Benz EQC.
Let's start by dealing with the elephant in the room: the BMW iX does, indeed, look a bit... out there. But who spends this kind of money and wants to blend in? We almost admire it alongside relatively anonymous alternatives and, give it time, we reckon it won't look quite so offensive in the metal.
Besides, you can't see it from the inside. And the BMW iX's cabin is pure luxury. Unlike the exterior, it's not different for the sake of being different – but you do get a unusually-shaped steering wheel and interior finishes made from recycled fishing nets.
Thanks to the positioning of the batteries under the floor, the cabin's extremely spacious, while a low window line (and optional panoramic sunroof) means it feels bright and cheerful. You don't sit particularly high up, but the seats are comfortable and a flat floor adds to the feeling of space.
From launch, there are two main models available: the BMW iX xDrive40 and the xDrive50. Both are four-wheel drive (thanks to an electric motor on each axle), while each are powered by different-sized batteries.
We've only driven the BMW iX xDrive40 so far and, while it's not going to shove you back in your seat like a lot of electric cars do, we actually respect that. It's a very comfortable and relaxing electric SUV, with enough power on hand to get you out of sticky situations.
If you do want enough power to bait Tesla owners, a range-topping model is on its way. Badged the BMW iX M60, this features 619PS and an incredible 1100Nm of torque – meaning it'll surge to 62mph in just 3.8 seconds.
No matter which BMW iX takes your fancy, you're going to need deep pockets. Prices start from around £70,000, with the range topping out at nearly £112,000 for the iX M60. There's no plug-in car grant at this level, but at least you'll save money on VED (car tax) and, of course, petrol costs.
Looking for a second opinion? Read heycar's BMW iX review