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Driven: 2022 BMW iX Review + Video

By Michael O'Connor | May 25, 2022

Vehicle Type: Midsize all-electric luxury crossover.

Price Range: $84,195 - $106,095


What’s New for 2022?

The iX xDrive50 is an all-new model for the 2022 model year.

For the 2023 model year, BMW has released the high-performance M60 variant. The electric drivetrain in this model puts out 610 horsepower and has a range of 280 miles on a single charge. The zero to 60 time is just 3.6 seconds and the computerized air suspension in the M60 delivers a smooth ride that adapts to the road conditions.


What’s Good?

  • High-performance in an all-electric package with massive horsepower and torque

  • Long-range on a single charge due to the large battery pack and efficient distribution of power throughout the car

  • Luxury feel even on the base model and high-tech features throughout that are in line with BMW’s reputation for comfort and convenience

What’s Bad?

  • High price makes the iX a bit of stretch for midsize luxury crossover shoppers

  • Infotainment system has some counter-intuitive setup issues; digital instrument panel overly complicated

  • Unique exterior styling that might not fit everyone’s taste


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Overview:

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The BMW iX is BMW’s answer to other midsize electric SUVs like the Tesla Model X and the Audi e-Tron. With similarities to the BMW X5 but with some more advanced tech and higher power, the iX is a unique and fantastically powerful vehicle that is ideal for those who want the best of all worlds. In a market that is getting more and more saturated with every model year, the iX stands out from the crowd in almost every single way.

The two available drivetrains on the iX deliver high levels of power and torque. The BMW iX xDrive50, the base version of this vehicle that we tested, features two electric motors that put out 516 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque.

The ultra-high-performance M60 variant puts out 610 horsepower and a massive 811 pound-feet of torque.

The 106.3-kWh battery has a driving range of 324 miles on one charge (on the base model with 20-inch wheels), which should be more than enough for most commuters and daily drivers.

The interior of the iX has all the space of a traditional midsize SUV with simple, contemporary styling and high-tech features. These include a curved digital gauge cluster and a unique sunroof with electrochromic shading. The seats are available in leather, faux leather, and a specially-developed microfiber cloth.

The iX also comes with a suite of safety features including automated emergency braking, parking sensors, pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, and a semi-autonomous driving mode.

The interior features a 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system running BMW’s new interface software, iDrive 8. This system features both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot and a 5g wireless connection. The new BMW iX also comes with a standard 18-speaker Harman/Kardon stereo.


Overall Score: 4.5/5 stars

Driving Experience: 5/5 stars

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The iX is a heavy vehicle due to the large battery pack but still has excellent acceleration, with a zero to 60 time of four seconds with the xDrive50 and 3.6 seconds with the BMW ix M60.

Not only was the acceleration brisk, but it felt effortless in the xDrive50 we tested -- from a dead stop or while the car was already at speed and looking to pass someone.

The steering and handling are both tight and agile, especially for a vehicle that is almost three tons and is aided by the responsive all-wheel-drive system and quick acceleration.

Air suspension and rear-wheel steering are standard on the M60 but also available on the xDrive50, which only improves the already stellar handling. Our test vehicle had this option and during our week of driving, we came to appreciate how comfortable it was over both big and small bumps, as well as how easily it controlled body roll.

The hexagonal steering wheel makes for an interesting and comfortable driving experience as well as a unique style for the interior.

The optional 22-inch wheels offer incredibly low tire noise for a quiet and incredibly smooth ride at nearly any speed or on any type of terrain.


Safety Features: 4.5/5 stars

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The iX is loaded with the safety features you would want from a high-end, luxury SUV from one of the leading automakers in the world.

Many of the features included or available are for driving assistance, including adaptive cruise control, semi-autonomous driving, and more.

Standard features include automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane departure warning with lane-keeping assist.

While the iX hasn’t been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, it has a five-star rating from the Euro NCAP.


Value: 4/5 stars

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The price of the iX is high but on par with some of the most expensive vehicles in its class, EV or not.

While it is a pricey vehicle, its performance specs, sheer power, and comfortable interior make the price worthwhile.

A Tesla Model X will cost more, but it also has more range and more horsepower. Meanwhile, the Audi e-Tron crossover and Tesla Model Y both have less power and range and are smaller. This uniqueness gives the iX its own space in the luxury electric crossover space.

If you are in the market for something that can rival any of the highest-powered EVs on the market, the iX could be a good choice, especially the iX m60.

The iX also comes with a wide variety of safety and tech features, which could make it well worth the asking price.

BMW’s factory warranty is valid for four years or 50,000 miles, which is on par with most other warranties, giving you a long period of coverage for your new car.


Tech Features: 4.5/5 stars

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The iX comes with BMW’s newly revamped iDrive system, which is specifically tailored to an all-electric SUV so you have all the readings available at a glance.

The digital gauge cluster is augmented by an integrated head-up display so you can keep your eyes on the road as well as on your speed and battery life while driving.

The curved 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system features voice recognition and individual user settings so you can customize it for every driver.

A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is customizable as well, so you always have access to the information you need right in front of you.

Generally these screens worked well, though we did find some of their menus overly complicated and confusing.

The iX comes with an 18-speaker Harman/Kardon stereo that can be upgraded to a 30-speaker Bowers & Wilkins system as an option.


Practicality: 5/5 stars

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The Adaptive driving mode takes in information from maps and road data to match deceleration with any upcoming turns, stops, and traffic for a much more comfortable and easy driving experience.

The healthy 324-mile range is more than enough for long trips and commuters and is on par with some of the most long-range electric vehicles on the market.

BMW has teamed up with EVgo to create a nationwide network of charging stations that are specifically designed for the iX.

The iX can be charged at the most common DC fast chargers available to the public as well as a standard Level 2 plug in your home. We added more than 200 miles of range to our tester using a public DC fast-charger with about 135 kWh of capability.


Styling & Design: 3/5 stars

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The exterior styling of the iX with its sharp, angular front end, won’t be for everyone and takes some getting used to. Our test vehicle came in white, making it look like something Storm Troopers from Star Wars might drive; other colors are more flattering.

The grille on the front is not necessary since there is no cooling to be done but it does serve the purpose of holding sensors for the Adaptive driving mode and other tech.

The iX’s interior is made with recycled materials, although you would never know it from the plush, comfortable look and feel.

The modern, simple front seats and rear seats can be made with leather, faux leather, or microfiber fabric for a customized, individual design.

The outside handles are sunken into the doors, giving the iX a modern, futuristic look that won’t be for everyone but has a certain amount of charm and beauty all its own.


Efficiency: 5/5 stars

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The dual-motor design of the iX is incredibly efficient and delivers power where it is needed through the all-wheel-drive configuration.

The iX electric SUV gets an EPA-estimated 86 MPGe city and 87 MPGe highway with the standard 20-inch wheels.

While getting optional larger wheels will reduce the efficiency, it will still be at the top of the class when it comes to MPGe.

The 106.3-kWh battery pack has a range of 324 miles on a single charge as estimated by the EPA.

The battery pack can be recharged from 10 to 80 percent in just 35 minutes with DC fast charging and can also be charged with a simple Level 2 home charger.


What’s it Going to Cost Me?

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The most basic variant of the BMW iX, the xDrive50 has an MSRP of $84,195, putting it high up on the list of more expensive SUVs in its class. However, the performance and comfort of the iX set it apart from the pack. This is not only true of the class of SUVs but also electric vehicles in general.

Even the most basic version of this vehicle comes with the high-caliber performance specs as well as the tech features that you might want from your midsize SUV. With so many standard features and such a powerful electric powertrain, it is not possible to say that the iX isn’t worth the price tag.

Our tester stickered for roughly $104,000 but don't think you need to spend that to get what makes the iX great; more base models are still plenty appealing.

If you want to increase the power and performance of your iX, the M sport version is the way to go. With a price tag of $106,095, you will pay for the pleasure but it could be worth the extra money. The massive boost in power and the optional air suspension and rear-wheel steering can greatly improve your driving experience and take the iX to a whole new level. The iX M60 has a zero to 60 time of just 3.6 seconds, which is a testament to its power considering how heavy it is.

The iX M60 is available with a few different upgrades and packages that will cost you extra if you want to include them. These include the Driving Assistance Package, which gives you several different upgrades in the driver assistance technology and will add an extra $1,900 to the final price tag. They also include the Luxury Package, which adds a walnut center console with backlit buttons and a large control wheel for $1,150. You can also add Titanium Bronze exterior trim for $500 and BMW iBlue seat belts for $300.

For our money, the 2022 BMW iX is an excellent all-electric midsize SUV for people who want something a little different with their comfort and power. In a category that is getting more and more crowded with EV offerings like the Mercedes-Benz EQS and the Jaguar I-PACE, it is more important than ever to stand out. The iX does this and more with an incredibly fast powertrain and features that make it both comfortable and practical. This is an excellent choice for anyone looking to get the most out of their eco-friendly vehicle.


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