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BMW iX review

Category: Electric SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The entry-level BMW iX xDrive40 is priced broadly in line with the Audi E-tron 55 Quattro, Jaguar I-Pace EV400 and Mercedes EQC 400. Meanwhile, the range-topping xDrive50 is priced more in line with the Tesla Model X.

All these electric SUVs make a huge amount of sense for company car drivers because of the enormous savings in benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax savings on offer. You're also likely to spend a lot less on electricity than you would on petrol or diesel. 

We’d recommend the reasonably priced Comfort Pack. This adds keyless entry, adjustable lumbar support, a massage function for the front seats and a heated steering wheel.

Independent testing by Euro NCAP revealed the iX to be one of the safest premium electric cars and it scored the full five-star rating. It beat the E-tron, I-Pace and Model X for child occupant protection, although it didn’t score quite as well as the Model X for adult occupant protection.

It’s too early to be sure how reliable the iX will be, but BMW as a brand finished in 13th place (out of 30 manufacturers) in our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. That’s above all the other brands mentioned in this review.

A three-year, unlimited mileage warranty is provided as standard, and the battery pack gets a separate warranty for eight years or 100,000 miles.

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BMW iX 2022 interior infotainment

Overview

The BMW iX is beautifully appointed inside, plus it’s spacious, quick and extremely quiet on the move. If you’re considering an iX as your main family car, we’d avoid the entry-level xDrive40 because its real-world range is rather restrictive. For the money, the Audi E-tron 55 and Jaguar I-Pace are better buys. However, if you can afford it, the range-topping xDrive50 is well worth a look, thanks to a much longer range, a smoother ride and the ability to charge up more quickly.

  • One of the quietest cars we’ve ever tested
  • Spacious and luxurious interior
  • Great infotainment system
  • Tesla Model X has a better charging infrastructure
  • Air suspension and rear-wheel steering available only on xDrive50
  • xDrive40 has a disappointing real-world range
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