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BMW iX xDrive50

Battery Electric
|
311
miles EV range
|
Starting at
TBD
87100
(est.)
*This vehicle is not yet available. Information on this page may be estimated.
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Our Take

Our take

Before we talk about the iX, let's talk about the i3. Debuting way back in 2013, the i3 was BMW's first dedicated fully electric car, and it was (and still is) unlike anything else on the road. It was funky and controversial, but had truly fascinating design and engineering baked in. Driving it felt special because it was so unique, and it was chock full of charm and good ideas. Then, after releasing that car, BMW strangely waited a full decade to introduce their 2nd dedicated EV model.


This iX is that model, and while it's a much bigger breadbox than the i3, we believe it to be the spiritual successor. Like the i3, the iX uses really innovative materials that look great, save weight and improve sustainability. Like the i3, the iX is funky to the point of feeling special, boldly avant garde. Like the i3, the iX has polarizing styling, but we think it looks pretty good, and, like the i3, will likely get better with age. Finally, both cars were unveiled at a price point that gave pause. The i3 was an urban runabout priced like a large luxury car, and the iX carries an eye-watering MSRP in the ballpark of lightly used supercars.


So what do you get for all of that money? Well there's good news and bad news. We'll start with the good - you get an absolutely lovely interior that feels serene and premium and exquisitely built. You get the option of one of the best audio systems in any car at any price in the world. You get surprisingly great driving dynamics for the form factor. There are some downsides, however. This iX is using aging battery tech, meaning it won't have stats as impressive as some of its rivals, which feels important at this price range. It compensates by adding a bigger battery, which adds weight and makes your charge times longer - up to 40 minutes to reach 80% on the fastest compatible charger. So it's a curious thing, this iX. Charming, flawed, funky. Honestly, we kind of love it, we just can't afford it.

What we love

  • One of the best (optional) audio systems on the market
  • Build quality feels superb
  • Interior is lovely

What we don't

  • That exterior styling is... controversial
  • Digital control interfaces are laggy
  • Pretty pricy in this segment

EV Vitals

311
TBD
-
mi
EV Range
Why EV Range Is Important

An EV's advertised range is just an estimate. Your mileage may vary, literally! It's important to understand the factors that can affect EV range, so you choose a car that has enough for your lifestyle and habits. Not choosing enough range for your unique needs can prove to be a frustrating and expensive mistake. If you're not sure how range works or how much you need, visit our section on identifying your EV needs.

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Our Take
195
TBD
kW
Peak Charge Rate
Why Charge Rate Is Important

Would you rather charge for 20 minutes, or an hour? That's essentially what charge rate comes down to, how much time you'll spend at the plug. Different EVs are capable of charging at different speeds, so it's important to understand what your car's "Peak" or "Max" Charge Rate is. Charge rate is measured in Kilowatts (kW) and in 2023, the average peak charge rate is about 150kW. The fastest EVs charge at 250kW and above. Plug-In Hybrids will charge much slower. What does this mean for actual charge times? Well there's a little more to it...

Learn more about Charge Speed
83
TBD
MPGe
Efficiency
MPG in hybrid mode
What is MPGe?

MPGe or Miles Per Gallon Equivalent, is a way to compare the relative efficiency of cars using different types of energy. MPGe says there is 33.7 kWh of energy in a single gallon of gas, so we'll use that equivelency to compare to cars using kWh of energy from gas, batteries, or both.

Learn more about MPGe and efficiency
MPG in hybrid mode
If you see a number for "MPG in hybrid mode" on this vehicle page, that's the average gas mileage one can expect AFTER this vehicle's hybrid battery has been depleted. When the battery is used, a plug-in hybrid will operate more like a "full hybrid". For more on the different types of hybrids, check out this article.

Charge times

Charge times are estimated, and based on charging to 80% capacity. Real-world times may vary significantly based on available amperage and environmental conditions.
Learn more about how to anticipate charge times
Level 1
"Plug it into the wall like a toaster"
80
TBD
Hours
Level 2
Upgraded home plug, or public station
11
TBD
Hours
DC Fast
Public rapid charging
N/A
TBD
40
minutes

Compatible Charging

Learn about the different types of EVSE (charging stations)
Green checkmark
SAE CCS
SAE CCS
Green checkmark
J-1772
J-1772
Green checkmark
Tesla
Green checkmark
CHAdeMO
Caution icon
SAE CCS
Caution icon
J-1772
Caution icon
Tesla (select locations, may require adapter)
Tesla
Caution icon
Red X
SAE CCS
Red X
J-1772
Red X
Tesla
Red X
CHAdeMO

Available EV features

  • DC Fast Charging
  • Preconditioning
  • One Pedal Drive
  • Adjustable Regenerative Braking
  • Heat pump
Green checkmark
DC Fast Charging
Green checkmark
DC Fast Charging

3rd party reviews

FEDERAL EV TAX CREDIT

Not Currently Eligible
This vehicle does not currently qualify for the U.S. federal Clean Vehicle Tax Credit.
Additional EV incentives may be available from your state or local utility company

additional Specs

Powertrain:
Battery Electric
Drivetrain:
AWD
Body Style:
Crossover
,
Seating:
5
Total Driving Range (gas + electric):
311
Miles
Total Electric Range:
311
Miles
TBD
Battery Capacity:
111.5
kW
TBD
Engine:
N/A
0-60 mph:
4.4
Seconds
TBD
Output:
516
hp
TBD
Torque:
564
lb-ft
TBD

Other variants

We've listed other variants only if they affect this vehicle's EV range, performance or efficiency. Additional variants or trim levels may be available.
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