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2023 BMW iX Review, Pricing, and Specs

Overview

BMW’s electrified future is previewed by the 2023 iX SUV, which offers similar space and practicality to the brand’s popular X5, but with cutting-edge flair. Two electric motors provide four-wheel drive and more than enough power—516 hp in the xDrive50 and a whopping 610 hp in the M60—while a large battery pack provides enough juice for an estimated driving range of more than 300 miles per charge. The iX’s spacious interior is lined with fine materials and features a flashy, futuristic design; a large digital dashboard shows the future of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system and is controlled by a cool transparent dial on the center console. The iX has what it takes to compete with established all-electric rivals like the Audi e-tron and the Tesla Model X, and should hold up well against newcomers like the Fisker Ocean and the Rivian R1S.

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What’s new for 2023?

The high-performance M60 model joins the lineup for 2023, complete with a 610-hp all-electric powertrain and a driving range of up to 290 miles. It rides on an air suspension that adapts to sporty driving. Elsewhere, the individual Comfort, Dynamic Handling and Luxury packages have been consolidated into one big stack of features and sold as the Ultimate package.

Prices and which one to buy

The powerful M60 model gets a significant premium over the xDrive50 trim. While the M60 is capable of 290 miles on a single charge with faster performance merits, we’d still stick with the xDrive50 because it achieved the same amount of range for a lot less money.

EV motor, power and performance

Two different variants of the iX are offered, the first being the xDrive50, which is powered by a pair of electric motors that together produce 516 hp; four-wheel drive is standard. In our test, the iX xDrive50 soared to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds. The high-performance variant, called M60, offers a whopping 610 hp and we reckon that’s enough to top the mid-size SUV 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. An adjustable air suspension and a rear-wheel steering system are both optional on the entry-level xDrive 50 and standard on the M60. While our initial test drive of an xDrive50 modelWe noted plenty of power, surprising energy efficiency, nimble handling and a smooth ride.

Range, charging and battery life

The iX has a large 105.2 kWh battery pack that the EPA estimates will provide up to 324 miles of driving range per charge. When we tested the iX on our 75-mph highway fuel economy test, we were surprised by its range. Normally, highway driving quickly reduces the overall driving range of an EV and the result is a fraction of its overall range estimate, but the iX recorded an impressive 290 miles of range in our test. The 610-hp M60 we drove for the same test also managed 290 miles of range. DC fast charging capability is standard and the iX can recharge from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 35 minutes when connected to a 200-kW connection. BMW has a partnership with EVgo to provide a network of public charging stations for iX drivers, but the SUV can charge on other popular networks, as well as through a Level 2 home charging station.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe

The EPA estimates that the most efficient iX model is the one equipped with the standard 20-inch wheels, which earned ratings of 86 MPGe city and 87 MPGe highway. Going with one of the iX’s larger sets of wheels reduces those numbers, but only slightly. On us 75 mph highway fuel economy test route the iX only managed an 81 MPGe result, but provided an excellent 290 miles of range. For more information on the iX’s fuel consumption, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, comfort and cargo

The Bimmer SUV is about the same size as the company’s mid-size X5 and X6 crossovers, and its passenger and cargo space is also similar to those models. The iX’s interior design is both simple and modern with a host of high-tech elements, including a large curved touchscreen instrument panel and a hexagonal steering wheel. BMW offers a large panoramic sunroof with electrochromic tinting as an option—a trick feature found on only a few vehicles. Power front seats are also heated and feature integrated speakers for the iX’s stereo system. Both faux leather and genuine leather upholstery are offered, but BMW also offers a textile seating option—dubbed Loft—that uses microfiber cloth.

Infotainment and connectivity

BMW uses the iX SUV and the i4 sedan as the launchpad for its next-generation infotainment interface, which it calls iDrive 8. The software allows for customization of menus and graphics, as well as a voice-activated assistant. A large 14.9-inch infotainment screen combines with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster to create the iX’s technology-forward dashboard design. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are generally standard, and BMW also offers a Wi-Fi hotspot with a 5G cellular connection. An 18-speaker Harman/Kardon stereo system is standard; A Bowers & Wilkins setup with 30 speakers is an option.

Safety and Driver Assistance Features

BMW offers a comprehensive set as standard driver assistance features in the iX, including parking sensors, autonomous emergency braking, automatic high-beam headlights and lane-keeping assist systems. For more information on the iX’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Standard lane departure warning with lane keeping assist
  • Available adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode

Warranty and Maintenance Cover

The iX comes standard with the same warranty coverage as BMW’s other electrified model, the i4 sedan, which means basic coverage for four years or 50,000 miles and more generous protection for the electric vehicle components. All new BMWs also come with a complimentary three-year maintenance plan.

  • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • EV components warranty covers eight years or 100,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles

Specifications

Specifications

2022 BMW iX xDrive50
Vehicle type: front and rear motor, four-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $84,195/$104,020

POWER TRAIN
Front Motor: Upstream Synchronous AC, 268 hp, 260 lb-ft
Rear motor: upstream synchronous AC, 335 hp, 295 lb-ft
Combined power: 516 hp
Combined torque: 564 lb-ft
Battery pack: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 105.2 kWh
On-board charger: 11.0 kW
Transmissions, F/H: direct drive

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: multilink/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.7-in ventilated disc/13.6-in ventilated disc
Tires: Bridgestone Alenza 001 B-Silent
275/40R-22 107Y ★

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 118.1 inches
Length: 195.0 inches
Width: 77.4 inches
Height: 66.8 inches
Passenger volume: 112 feet3
Cargo volume: 36 feet3
Curb weight: 5707 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 4.0 sec
100 mph: 9.5 sec
1/4-mile: 12.4 sec @ 114 mph

Results above show 1 foot deployment of 0.3 sec. away.
Acceleration, 5–60 mph: 4.3 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 1.6 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 2.3 sec
Top speed (gov ltd): 124 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 158 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 321 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-foot skid road: 0.88 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 74 MPGe
75 mph highway driving: 81 MPGe
75 mph highway range: 290 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 86/86/85 MPGe
Range: 315 miles

2023 BMX iX M60
Vehicle type: front and mid-engine, four-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $109,895/$119,795

POWER TRAIN
Front motor: upstream synchronous AC, 255 hp
Rear motor: upstream synchronous AC, 483 hp
Combined power: 610 hp
Combined torque: 811 lb-ft
Battery pack: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 106.3 kWh
On-board charger: 11.0 kW
Peak DC fast charging rate: 195 kW
Transmissions, F/H: direct drive/direct drive

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: multilink/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.7-in ventilated disc/13.6-in ventilated disc
Tires: Bridgestone Alenza 001 B-Silent
275/40R-22 107Y Extra Load ★

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 118.1 inches
Length: 195.0 inches
Width: 77.4 inches
Height: 66.8 inches
Passenger volume: 112 feet3
Cargo volume, rear seat up/down: 36/78 ft3
Curb weight: 5778 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.2 sec
100 mph: 7.6 sec
1/4-mile: 11.5 sec @ 120 mph
130 mph: 15.3 sec
150 mph: 26.4 sec

Results above show 1 foot deployment of 0.2 sec. away.
Roll start, 5–60 mph: 3.7 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 1.5 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 2.2 sec
Top speed (gov ltd): 154 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 160 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 330 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-foot skid road: 0.87 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY AND CHARGE
Observed: 81 MPGe
75 mph highway range: 290 miles
Average DC fast charging rate, 10–90%: 112 kW
DC fast charging time, 10–90%: 50 min

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 78/77/80 MPGe
Range: 274 miles

C/D TEST EXPLAINED

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