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Electrifying. Exhilarating.

BMW iX

Base MSRP: From $83,200

Battery Size: 12 kWh

EPA Range: 18 to 20 electric miles, 340 total miles
Charging Acceptance Rate: 3.6kW

Overview

Performance: two electric motors, 516 horsepower

Mileage estimate:  mpge

Price estimate: From $83,200

Warranty: 4 years / 50,000 miles

Drivetrain Warranty: 4 years / 50,000 miles

Roadside Assistance: 4 years / unlimited

Corrosion Warranty: 12 years / unlimited

Battery Warranty: 8 years / 100,000 miles

2022 BMW iX Review

Intro

Now that I’m in the vehicle, how to I get out? That was one of our first experiences after entering the new 2022 BMW iX.

There are certainly perplexing moments that take place when trying to master this new technological marvel that BMW has introduced. In our case, that meant finally locating a small, rather obscure button above the door handle that slightly pops it open, allowing one to exit the all-electric, luxury midsize crossover SUV.

Exterior Design

Judging from comments regarding the iX, not everyone is enamored with an exterior that features a dual kidney grille and slender twin headlights. The exterior look is subjective, but most people will like the clever idea of making the BMW logo, located above the grille, open up and doubling as a place to refill the wiper fluid.

There’s also a very cool standard panoramic sunroof that provides electro chromatic shade tinting, activated with the mere press of a button.

The emergence of the iX is hopefully a positive sign for the company. BMW has fallen behind in the global race to develop the next generation of EVs. It hopes to get back in the race starting with the iX, an SUV that seats five passengers and has standard all-wheel drive. It has essentially the same measurements as the popular BMW X5.

Before we go any further, note the iX sticker price begins at roughly $83,200, one of the highest starting prices in the luxury electric SUV class. For now, it has one trim model – xDrive50. Reportedly, the M60 model arrives in 2023 and will have a whopping 610 horsepower.

Interior Space

Since the interior is drawing rave reviews, it’s a natural starting point. The iX is the first BMW to be equipped with the iDrive 8 infotainment system. Among the features are a user interface, user profiles with customization, and voice controls that can be extremely helpful and used to control much of the system.

Unlike the exterior design, when the subject turns to the interior, there’s mostly acknowledgment that BMW has done a fabulous job of creating a comfortable, spacious cabin that’s modern, has a clean layout, and is very functional. One controversial feature is a weird steering wheel that’s not rounded – it’s shaped like a hexagon.

We marvel at the interior makeup of the iX and applaud BMW for other facets as well. It has excellent performance, a terrific overall range (approximately 324 miles), offers superior comfort, and has plenty of bells and whistles that will please any tech-savvy individual.

If voice controls aren’t your thing, it will be good to know the user-friendly 14.9-inch touchscreen controls much of the system (including climate control) and is relatively intuitive. There’s a long list of standard features, including satellite radio, six USB ports, a 12-speaker audio system, a wireless phone charging pad, and wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

As mentioned previously, comfort is in abundance for all five passengers. The iX has simulated leather upholstery and the front seats come with a range of adjustments, including seat heaters and cooling. A flat floor (there’s no center hump) contributes largely to the spacious rear seating that allows even three adults good head and leg room. The sizable cargo area is 35.5 cubic feet and expands to 77.9 cubes with the second row down.

Vehicle Power and Speed

Be prepared for some serious fun when driving the BMW iX. It’s been clocked going 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds; pretty impressive for an SUV that weighs 5,659 pounds. It has an electric motor at each axle and combines to generate 516 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque.

The acceleration is prompt and the handling is good as well. The iX has a low center of gravity that allows it to maneuver well in tight turns and most other driving situations. We’re a fan of regenerative braking and enjoy having four settings – three manual (high, medium, low) and one-pedal driving. We didn’t like that the brake settings were frustratingly hard to find in the touchscreen menu.

Standard safety driving features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, driver drowsiness monitoring, and vehicle exit warning. Options include a surround-view parking camera system, traffic jam assist, and evasive steering assist. Advanced driver assist systems are a separate purchase.

Charging

The iX has a 106.3-kWh battery pack that can be charged quickly via DC fast-charging, going from 10 to 80 percent in around 35 minutes. On a Level 2 home charger, a full charge takes just over 10 hours.

Conclusion

Although the wait has been much longer than expected, the German automaker has produced a winner in the new 2022 BMW iX. With its top-notch interior, performance and range, right away the iX becomes a serious rival for luxury electric SUVs like the Audi e-tron and Tesla Model X.

 –  J.W.

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Recommended Charging Stations = LCS-20

ClipperCreek LCS-20 Hardwired 16-amp ev charging station

Recommended Power Level of Charging Station = 16A

Vehicle Acceptance Rate: 3.6kW

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