Pros: Impressive acceleration and handling; competitive EV range
Cons: High base price and expensive options; controversial styling
CG Says: The 2022 BMW iX is BMW’s first pure-electric SUV—it’s a five-passenger crossover similar in size to the BMW X5. For now, the iX is offered in a single xDrive50 trim level, with a combined 516 horsepower from front and rear electric motors and standard all-wheel drive. BMW plans to add a higher performance iX M60, with 610 hp, for the 2023 model year. BMW says the iX xDrive50 will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. EPA driving-range estimates are 324 miles with 20-inch wheels, 305 miles with 21-inch wheels, and 315 miles with 22-inch wheels. A Level 2 charger can bring the iX’s 105.2-kWh battery pack from zero to fully charged in around 11 hours. A Level 3 fast charger can give it 90 miles of range in about 10 minutes, or charge it from 10 percent to 80 percent in approximately 40 minutes.
Though it doesn’t have a front trunk like many EVs, the iX takes advantage of the flat floor and weight-saving construction of its dedicated electric-only platform for a respectable amount of interior and cargo space. Its striking styling is highlighted by a large-format interpretation of the BMW kidney grille; it’s not needed for the electric drivetrain but houses sensors for the various driving and parking aids. Available features include an adaptive self-leveling air suspension, rear-wheel-steering system, remote parking system, microfiber cloth upholstery, and a panoramic sunroof that can be electrochromically darkened.
The iX xDrive50 features BMW’s latest infotainment interface, with 5G connectivity, over-the-air software updates, and a new curved display connecting the center screen to the gauge cluster. The navigation system locates charging stations based on available range. Charging can be monitored and controlled via a BMW smartphone app; enhanced Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration is also standard.
Standard safety technologies include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and cyclist and pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic and rear collision warning. The optional semi-autonomous adaptive cruise control features stop-and-go driving capability and lane keeping assist.
Its aggressively unorthodox exterior styling may turn off some shoppers, but the new-for-2022 iX is a well-rounded luxury EV SUV that also serves as an impressive showcase of BMW’s latest technology features.
|Class||Premium Midsize SUV|
|Body Style(s)||4-door wagon|
|Drive Wheels||all-wheel drive|
|Nation of Manufacture||Germany|
|Base Prices||xDrive50: $84,195|
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