BMW iX xDrive50 flagship electric SUV driving report

BMW’s electric offensive continues, with the iX the Bavarians have a large long-distance SUV on offer. The engine information service (medium) has the iX in the medium engine and the all-wheel drive in the practical tests.

Visually, the gigantic colossus 4.95 meters long and 1.96 meters wide polarizes with its huge kidney and narrower headlights. The new face of the BMW brand looks better in real life than many internet rumors say. The sports package also includes the majestic 22-inch light-alloy aero wheels with 275/40 / R22 tires (standard: 20 inches). The door handles are recessed, a button is pressed to open the door from the inside (the emergency lever is located further down the door).

But things get really interesting under the hood. A huge battery with a capacity of 111.5 kWh (105.2 kWh net) and a weight of 600 kg is installed in the underbody and powers two excited synchronous machines (SSM) on the front and rear axles, so that they can reach the their output of 190 kW / 258 hp and 365 Nm of torque on the front axle and 230 kW / 313 hp and 400 Nm of torque on the rear axle. The performance of the system combined with the x-drive electric all-wheel drive system, capable of fully variable power distribution to all wheels, therefore amounts to 385 kW / 523 hp and 765 Nm of torque, i.e. 13 hp and 115 Nm of torque more than the last BMW M4 Competition – and we have only reached the average engine size of the iX.

The top model iX M60 puts on the road 455 kW / 619 hp and an incredible torque of 1,015 Nm. Only when accelerating from 0 to 100 km / h does the iX xDrive50 lose ground. 4.6 seconds is still a good number for the 2,585kg SUV.

As with many electric vehicles, the top speed is also limited in the iX xDrive50, but can still reach 200 km / h. According to the combined WLTP measurement, BMW specifies the consumption as 21.4 – 19.8 kWh, in the practical test this is 20.9 kWh. According to the WLTP, BMW specifies the range as 590 – 630 kilometers, 500 kilometers of real range without driving consciously for efficiency is not a problem, the CW value is 0.25. The iX can be loaded on the home wall box with 11 kW, unfortunately there is no 22 kW option. A charging capacity of 195 kW is possible on the DC Supercharger.

According to BMW, charging it from 10 to 80 percent takes 39 minutes and we can also confirm that in practice you can count on a full 11 hours with the wall box. A heat pump is also standard, which is used to precondition the battery in order to optimize the charging cycle. The charging socket is illuminated, which helps in darker environments. The optional laser light with curve lighting and automatic brightness adjustment function is state-of-the-art.

Despite the high weight and high performance, the iX drives very comfortably, also thanks to the integrated air suspension: it is not a sports car, but a luxury SUV suitable for long-distance travel. Different recovery and driving modes are available (efficiency, sport, personal) In the highest mode, the iX can be driven comfortably with a pedal and recovery takes place to a standstill. The Hans Zimmer-designed Iconic Sound changes depending on the driving mode, and anyone who is bothered by this futuristic sound can turn it off.

Speaking of sound, Bowers & Wilkins’ integrated “4D” system is truly at the highest level, there are even speakers in the headrests. If you like listening to music while driving, you should definitely get it despite the extra 5,300 euros.
The recovery and navigation mode work adaptively and use the navigation map, but the recovery can also be set manually.

The interior shows that the iX luxury SUV is designed from the inside out. There is no end to the space, the shelves are abundant. There is no longer a center console that presses on the knees, which also pleases the occupants in the rear. There is also enough leg and head room. The huge panoramic glass roof lets in a lot of light, which can be switched from clear glass to frosted glass at the push of a button.

Get really technical in the cockpit, a great head-up display shows the relevant information, the large curved display consists of 12.3 and 14.9 inch screens, the view can be changed according to your taste and connection radio connects to the 5G standard. It can be operated via touch or iDrive Controller and voice and gesture control also work excellently.

The same amount of viewing area is also used for the parking system, here we have razor sharp images (the front camera offers eight million pixels) and we can even look around the iX in 3D. A parking and an exit parking (front, as well as transverse), as well as automatic reverse are on board and work perfectly. The mobile phone can be charged and connected wirelessly (via Android Auto / Apple CarPlay), which works smoothly. There are many USB-C ports installed.

The seats can also be heated at the rear and, in addition to the steering wheel heating, the armrest in the center console can also be heated. The trunk has a capacity of 500 liters, with the rear seat folded down (foldable via two buttons in the trunk) it is 1,750 liters. Since there is no front trunk (Frunk), there is another storage space under the trunk floor for storing all charging cables accordingly. With the optional towbar, you can tow 750 kg without brakes or 2,500 kg with brakes. The support load is 100 kg, the roof load is 75 kg. In the rear there are two Isofix supports for child seats.

The luxurious ambience coupled with the latest technology naturally has its price, the iX xDrive50 starts at 105,500 euros, the test vehicle with various extras is a proud 132,320 euros. In this case, however, this is justified, there are few cars that are at this technical level and are in similar price regions.

Mike Neumann / half

Technical data BMW iX xDrive50

– Length / width / height: 4.953 / 1.967 / 1.696 meters
– Motor: excited synchronous machine (SSM) on the front and rear axles
– Battery capacity:
– Power: 385 kW / 523 hp
– Maximum torque: 765 Nm
– Transmission: -Automatic input
– Acceleration: from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.6
– Maximum speed: 200 km / h
– WLTP consumption: 21.4-19.8 kWh
– Real consumption per 100 km: 20.5 kWh (second on-board computer)
– C02 emissions: 0 g / km
– Price: from 102,500 euros

The article “BMW iX xDrive50 flagship electric SUV” was published on April 26, 2022 in the driving report category by Mike Neumann with the keywords Practice test, driving report, electric car, SUV, luxury, test report, press presentation, test, report, short test, presentation released.

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