One of the premier electric SUVs within BMW’s showroom, the BMW iX, presents a mid-size stance akin to the well-known X5. Differing from the X5, the BMW iX integrates two electric motors. The xDrive50 model provides 516 horsepower, while the performance-focused M60 trim boasts 610 horsepower. While driven conservatively, the BMW iX achieves over 300 miles per charge; our evaluations revealed both models attaining 290 miles of highway driving surpassing the Audi e-tron and Rivian R1S. Inside, the iX captivates with a fusion of futuristic infotainment technology and abundant materials, complemented by plush, long-distance comfortable front seats, along with an optional hands-free driving mode for enhanced driving convenience.
What’s New for 2024?
For 2024, the iX introduces enhancements to its Parking Assistant Professional, enabling remote smartphone-controlled parking with predefined manoeuvres at up to 10 locations. The optional Driver Assistance Professional package also incorporates BMW’s Highway Assistant for hands-free highway driving. Moreover, pre-conditioning upgrades enable iX owners to warm the battery before fast charging, enhancing charging efficiency.
Interior of BMW iX:
Within the BMW i5’s interior, luxury and spaciousness akin to the gasoline-powered 5-series prevail, exuding a luxurious and expansive ambience. Interestingly, the battery’s presence doesn’t compromise cabin space, although the trunk room is slightly more conservative than its 5-series counterpart. Noteworthy is the debut of Veganza, a new faux-leather upholstery alongside traditional leather choices. Furthermore, including glass interior controls adds a touch of sophistication to the sedan’s inner space. The front seats, available as an option for the eDrive40 and standard for the M60 xDrive, boast heating, ventilation, and massage capabilities.
Exterior of BMW iX:
The BMW iX Flow’s surface coating introduces a captivating display of innovation through the integration of an E Ink technology, which envelops the exterior with an array of countless microcapsules, with each of these minute structures measuring no more than the delicate thickness of a single human hair. These microcapsules house white pigments bearing negative charges and black stains carrying positive tasks, forming a dynamic and visually striking interaction.
- Anti-lock brakes: Modulates brake pressure for tire rotation during extreme braking, enhancing turning ability.
- Stability control: Reduces engine power and applies brakes to prevent loss of control when handling limits are exceeded.
- Front-impact airbags: Designed to protect heads in frontal crashes for driver and passenger.
- Side impact airbags: Safeguards torso during side collisions for front seat occupants.
- Overhead airbags: Shields occupants’ heads in side collisions or rollovers.
- Pretensioners: Automatically tightens seatbelts for optimal collision positioning.
- Security system: Detects intrusion and prevents unauthorized engine start without correct key usage.
The M60 variant, known for its robust power, comes at a notable premium compared to the xDrive50 trim. Despite the M60’s enhanced performance and comparable range, our preference leans toward the xDrive50 due to its cost-effectiveness while providing an equivalent field.
PRICE RANGE OF BMW iX:
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Charging and Battery Life:
The iX boasts a substantial 105.2-kWh battery pack with an EPA-estimated range of up to 324 miles per charge. During our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test, the iX showcased its surprising range resilience. Typically, highway driving diminishes EV range significantly, yet our trial’s BMW iX impressively sustained 290 miles of range. Similarly, the 610-hp M60 model achieved 290 miles in the same test. Fitted with the standard DC fast charging technology, the iX can efficiently replenish its battery from a low 10 per cent to an impressive 80 per cent charge in a mere 35 minutes, utilizing the potency of a 200-kW connection. BMW’s strategic partnership with EVgo has been instrumental in creating an extensive network of public charging stations tailored for the convenience of iX users, contributing to the seamless charging experience. The iX SUV seamlessly integrates with prominent charging networks beyond the EVgo collaboration. It accommodates charging via Level 2 home charging stations, further enhancing its accessibility for diverse settings.
Standard Equipment for the BMW iX includes:
- Adaptive LED headlights
- Power-folding heated side mirrors
- Panoramic glass roof
- Power-adjustable front seats with memory function
- Heated front seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Tri-zone automatic climate control
- Ambient interior lighting
- 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
- 14.9-inch infotainment touchscreen
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
- Wireless smartphone charging
- Navigation system
- Gesture control
- Forward collision warning
- Automatic emergency braking
- Lane departure warning
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Parking sensors (front and rear)
- Surround-view camera system
As evaluated by the EPA, the most fuel-efficient iX variant features the standard 20-inch wheels, achieving city and highway ratings of 86 MPGe and 87 MPGe, respectively. Opting for larger wheel sets has a minor impact on these figures. During our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test, the BMW iX demonstrated an 81 MPGe outcome while impressively delivering a range of 290 miles. Refer to the EPA’s official website for comprehensive details on the iX’s fuel efficiency.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage:
Matching BMW’s other electrified model, the i4 sedan, the iX includes identical warranty coverage: four years or 50,000 miles of basic warranty and expanded protection for electric-vehicle components. Additionally, all new BMWs receive a three-year complimentary maintenance plan.
- A limited warranty spanning four years or 50,000 miles.
- A powertrain warranty lasting four years or 50,000 miles.
- An eight-year or 100,000-mile warranty for EV components.
- Complimentary maintenance coverage for three years or 36,000 miles.
BMW IX Colors:
- Alpine White
- Sapphire Black
- Aventurine Red Metallic
- Blue Ridge Mountain
- Phytonic Blue
- Mineral White
- Sophisto Grey Brilliant Effect
- Storm Bay Metallic