The iX is powered by two electric motors that provide a range of 300 miles on a single charge while capable of 516 horsepower. BMW claims the iX can perform at a performance level with the ability to travel 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. Every BMW iX comes equipped with the new Flexible Fast Charger. This portable device is compatible with any 120V or 240V outlet, delivers optimized charging for the iX. BMW claims that 10 minutes of charging time on a DC Fast charger will yield 90 miles of driving distance.

Exterior features on the iX include 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and daytime running lights, heated power folding side mirrors, a fixed Panoramic Moonroof with liquid crystals embedded in it allows for instantaneous shading effect when desired, a power liftgate, and a front kidney grille doubles as an intelligence panel with sensor technology.

In the interior BMW takes sustainability to a whole new level with the iX using materials such as olive-leaf tanned leathers, FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified wood, and floor mats made from ECONYL (regenerated nylon made from ocean waste). Standard features include seating for 5, heated front seats, multi-zone climate control with separate rear controls, cruise control, a navigation system, an integrated garage door opener, an HD Satellite radio with 12-speakers, a 14.9-inch touchscreen, wireless device charging, 6 USB ports.

The iDrive 8 Operating System with cloud-based navigation monitors the charge levels and locates nearby charging stations, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto connectivity is standard, as well as the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant.

Safety features include a rear view camera, front and rear Park Distance Control, BMW Assist eCall? includes Emergency Request (SOS button) and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification, an Active Driving Assistant which includes Frontal Collision Warning, Active Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, and Speed Limit Info and Acoustic pedestrian protection.

Editors' Review

The 2023 iX xDrive50 is one of two new electric vehicles BMW launched this year, alongside the i4 sedan. Of the pair, the iX xDrive50 is the bolder play: a completely new vehicle from the ground up, rather than a battery-powered version of an existing model. It also takes much larger risks. Many of those risks pay off in the form of excellent driving dynamics, comfort and range, but some of them don't. The electric SUV is plagued by some strange and interesting design decisions, and I'm not just talking about its polarizing exterior.

xDrive50 electric powertrain

The iX comes standard with all-wheel drive, pairing a 190-kilowatt electric motor on the front axle with a more powerful 230-kW rear unit. Combined output peaks at 516 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque, enough oomph to silently launch the iX from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The surge of g forces under hard acceleration is impressive, but the benefits of instant, precise electric torque can also be felt when merging on the highway or just casually pulling away from a traffic light. It's a well-rounded, confidence-inspiring powertrain.

The xDrive50 feels more than potent enough for driving on public roads, but if you need more power (or just have money burning a hole in your pocket), BMW added the 610-hp iX M60 to the lineup for the 2023 model year. That'll pull off the 0-to-60 sprint in just 3.6 seconds -- not quick enough to wipe the smirk off of a Tesla Model X Plaid, but it'll run neck-and-neck with a Model Y Performance or a Mustang Mach-E GT

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The Good ~ Powerful and responsive electric motors ~ IRL range easily meets EPA estimates ~ Gorgeous interior design

The Bad ~ It's kind of weird looking ~ Steep tech learning curve ~ One of the priciest in this class

The Bottom Line If you don't mind a few design hiccups, the 2023 iX xDrive50 is a solid performer and an excellent addition to BMW's electric portfolio.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8.5
  • Features 9
  • Design 8
  • Media 8.5

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