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BMW iX review

Category: Electric SUV

Section: Performance & drive

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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

The BMW iX may be the result of some complex engineering, but the model line-up is refreshingly simple.

It kicks off with the 321bhp xDrive40. This version has an official range of 257 miles from its 71kWh battery and it's quick: in our own tests it managed 0-60mph in 5.7 seconds. Mind you, on the same day, we timed an Audi E-tron 55 quattro doing the same 0-60mph run in 5.5sec, while we’ve previously timed the Jaguar I-Pace taking just 4.8sec. 

Its official 0-62mph time of 4.6sec is impressive, but it won’t be the fastest iX. That honour will go to the M60 version coming soon. It’ll have 610bhp on tap and hurtle to 62mph in 3.8sec. We'll let you know what it's like once we've had the chance to drive one.

Despite an impressive turn of pace, the iX is not an SUV that particularly enjoys being hustled down a tight and twisty B-road. You’ll feel its weight when you turn into a corner at speed and the steering is uncharacteristically light for a BMW.

Ultimately, if you want a more nimble electric SUV, the smaller BMW iX3 and I-Pace are better bets, but the iX is hardly a wallowy barge.

One trump card the iX does hold over rivals is comfort – especially in xDrive50 form. The range-topper gets air suspension, which helps it deal with lumps and bumps better than the Mercedes EQC and Tesla Model X, and puts it roughly on a par with the E-tron. The xDrive40 does without air suspension and its ride is a little more unsettled as a result.

The iX is seriously quiet, too – there's hardly any motor whine (unlike in the E-tron) while wind and road noise is very well muted. In fact, it's one of the quietest cars we’ve ever tested. 

The regenerative braking (which recovers energy to top up the battery as you slow down) is also mightily impressive. It can be set to an automatic mode, or you can choose high, medium or low settings.

In auto, the iX uses data from the navigation system and onboard sensors to judge when to ramp up the effect. If you need to use the brake pedal to slow down faster, you'll find it easy to judge how much pressure to apply to keep things smooth, something that isn't the case in an I-Pace.

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