BMW iX3 review

Category: Large Electric

Section: Costs & verdict

BMW iX3 2021 interior infotainment
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  • BMW iX3 2021 interior dashboard
  • BMW iX3 2021 interior rear seats
  • BMW iX3 2021 interior infotainment
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  • BMW iX3 2021 headlight detail
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  • BMW iX3 2021 badge detail
  • BMW iX3 2021 interior front seats
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  • BMW iX3 2021 boot open
  • BMW iX3 2021 front cornering
  • BMW iX3 2021 rear right cornering
  • BMW iX3 2021 interior dashboard
  • BMW iX3 2021 interior rear seats
  • BMW iX3 2021 interior infotainment
  • BMW iX3 2021 front left cornering
  • BMW iX3 2021 rear tracking
  • BMW iX3 2021 left tracking
  • BMW iX3 2021 headlight detail
  • BMW iX3 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • BMW iX3 2021 badge detail
  • BMW iX3 2021 interior front seats
  • BMW iX3 2021 interior detail
  • BMW iX3 2021 boot open
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The BMW iX3 matches the Audi E-tron’s maximum charging rate of 150kW, meaning that a 10-80% charge can be completed in around 30 minutes.

The only trouble is that there aren’t many public CCS charging points in the UK capable of delivering that much power, so any time you need to travel more than 200 miles, you’re likely to find yourself plugging in at a 50kW charger on the motorway. Do that and a 10-80% charge will take just over an hour.

So, at least when it comes to big electric SUVs, the iX3 is temptingly priced and will cost a lot less to run than a petrol or diesel version of the X3. The iX3 is also a seriously cheap company car, thanks to the tempting benefit in kind (BIK) tax rates available on all pure electric vehicles.

There are only two trim levels to choose between: M Sport and M Sport Pro. M Sport gives you plenty of luxuries, including 19in aerodynamic alloys, a powered tailgate, a panoramic sunroof and leather seats (heated in the front).

Range-topping M Sport Pro adds 20in aerodynamic alloys, a head-up display (speed limit and sat-nav directions are projected on to the windscreen), auto-dipping headlights and keyless entry. You also get the IconicSounds acceleration sound effects.

BMW iX3 2021 interior infotainment

Overview

The BMW iX3 is good to drive and practical, with a better range than rivals, namely the Audi E-tron and Mercedes EQC. It also has a fab infotainment system and a smart interior, so it’s a fine buy if you’re looking for a big electric SUV.

  • Longer range than most direct rivals
  • Great infotainment system
  • Comparatively well priced
  • Not as fast as rivals
  • Audi E-tron is quieter
  • Tesla Model 3 has a longer range and faster charging
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