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BMW iX3 review

Category: Electric SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

BMW iX3 2022 interior infotainment
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  • BMW iX3 2022 interior dashboard
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  • BMW iX3 2022 interior infotainment
  • BMW iX3 2022 right tracking
  • BMW iX3 2022 rear cornering
  • BMW iX3 2022 nose badge detail
  • BMW iX3 2022 rear badge detail
  • BMW iX3 2022 interior front seats
  • BMW iX3 2022 interior steering wheel detail
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Having a starting price above £50,000 means the BMW iX3 looks good value next to the Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes EQC.

While an Audi E-tron is available for similar money, that’s only the entry-level 50 version, which will struggle to cover 160 miles on a full charge in real-world driving. You’ll need the 55 version even to get close to the iX3’s range, at which point you’ll be spending a lot more cash. 

There are only two trim levels to choose from: M Sport and M Sport Pro. Entry-level M Sport gives you plenty of luxuries, including 19in alloy wheels, a powered tailgate, a panoramic sunroof, leather seats (heated in the front), a 12.3in digital driver display and parking sensors. 

Range-topping M Sport Pro trim gets you 20in aerodynamic alloys, a head-up display (which projects current speed, the speed limit and sat-nav directions on to the windscreen), auto-dipping headlights and keyless entry. That’s alongside a fancier sound system, lumbar support and IconicSounds acceleration sound effects. 

We don’t have reliability data for the iX3, but BMW as a manufacturer finished 13th out of 30 brands in our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. That puts it above Audi, Jaguar and Mercedes. For added peace of mind, every iX3 comes with a three-year unlimited mileage warranty and a separate electric battery warranty that lasts up to eight years or 100,000 miles.   

Euro NCAP tested the X3 for safety in 2017, awarding it five stars out of five, a rating that also covers the iX3 after it was validated in 2021. That makes it hard to compare the iX3’s score with the five-star scores that the E-Tron and I-Pace achieved in 2019 and 2018 respectively, as the tests get more stringent each year. 

Even so, it should keep you safe in an accident, as every iX3 comes as standard with plenty of safety tech, including automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-keeping assist, active side-collision protection and automatic speed-limit assist.

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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