2023 BMW iX, an innovative and top-notch luxury SUV
Roseville, Calif.- It’s easy to be enamored with the 2023 BMW iX, a classy midsize all-electric SUV. It has excellent performance, terrific overall range, offers superior comfort, and has plenty of bells and whistles that will please any tech-savvy individual.
Most industry experts marvel at the interior makeup of the iX and applaud BMW for other facets as well. BMW has done a fabulous job of creating a comfortable, spacious cabin that’s modern, has a clean layout, and is very functional.
The SUV seats five passengers, has standard all-wheel drive, and a mileage range that maxes out at 324 miles. The iX has essentially the same measurements as the popular gas-powered BMW X5. Sales of the iX were a modest 4,827 in its debut a year ago.
While the interior is top-notch, 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 double as a place to refill the wiper fluid.
The iX sticker price begins at $84,200, one of the highest starting prices in the luxury electric SUV class. The xDrive50 was the lone trim model a year ago. BMW added the M60 model in 2023 that has a whopping 610-horsepower.
Be prepared for some serious fun when driving the BMW iX. The xDrive50 has been clocked going 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds; 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. Thanks to its extreme horsepower, the M60 goes 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds.
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.
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.
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). Note that the learning curve with the touchscreen takes some time.
There’s a long list of standard features, including satellite radio, six USB ports, 12-speaker audio system, wireless phone charging pad, and wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
There’s also a very cool standard panoramic sunroof that provides electro chromatic shade tinting, activated with the mere press of a button.
AT A GLANCE – 2023 BMW iX
- Performance: two electric motors, 516 horsepower or 610 horsepower
- Price estimate: $84,200 to $108,900
- Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles; powertrain: 4 years/50,000; roadside assistance: 4 years/unlimited; corrosion: 12 years/unlimited; battery: 8 years/100,000
Comfort & Safety
Comfort is in abundance for all five passengers. The iX has simulated leather upholstery and the front seat comes 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.
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 surround-view parking camera system, traffic jam assist and evasive steering assist. Advanced driver assist systems are a separate purchase.
The iX has a 111.5 kWh 369 V lithium-ion 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.
The German automaker has produced an innovative SUV in the 2023 BMW iX. With its top-notch interior, performance and range, the iX has become a serious rival for luxury electric rivals like the Audi e-tron and Tesla Model X.