– Base price in Canada for the 2022 BMW iX xDrive50 is $89,990.
– Three versions will be released in 2023: xDrive40, xDrive50 and M60.
– This electric SUV is amazing.
The 2022 iX is proof that BMW also wants to offer unique and unusual models when they launch their EV collection. It’s because they play the conservative card with the i4. In the future, I will find myself talking about the “good old days” and how things used to be, but I will also fondly remember the advent of the electric car. And in these ramblings, I will not fail to mention BMW and iX.
I’ve talked about this in the past, but I believe there are two schools of thought when it comes to designing EVs: provide a standard model, or remove almost all restrictions and go wild. German car manufacturers, especially BMW and Mercedes-Benz, have decided not to limit themselves and cater to as many customers as possible.
The modern electric SUV of the 21st century
The all-new 2022 BMW iX is definitely a design statement, and will be bought by those who want to build one. I was very surprised when I took the press unit. Painted in Aventurine Red III Metallic and fitted with optional titanium trim, it blew me away. On the inside, however, I was shocked and had a choice of words to describe the SUV’s style. But I have since returned to my original opinion, which is what BMW relies on when it comes to its controversially sized grille.
At the time, I was of the opinion that no one with real financial means would be proud to buy an iX, but it became clear to me during the electric SUV that sometimes its dirty features make it attractive. With the possible exception of the rear end, when the tailgate is open, which reminded me of a badly damaged AMC Pacer, the BMW is so confident that it looks good. You can decide for yourself by browsing through our photo gallery – pay more attention to the front fascias, headlights and side vents.
Unique and sophisticated interior
Interestingly, the interior of the BMW iX looks better, but in a clean and very German way. The dashboard itself seems embedded in its environment. This impression is due to the large windshield, narrow “A” pillar and the two-tone leather covering it. In fact, even with the driver’s seat in its lowest position, the feeling of driving a bus is obvious – and that’s not an insult.
Interacting with the infotainment system is done through a large 14.9-inch touchscreen, which is perfectly matched to the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. There are controls on the center console however, due to the glass controls and the optional walnut finish, the markings (for the functions) can be very difficult to read. The sense of space is immense on board, and it starts up front. The open area is attractive thanks to the floating dashboard and the recessed dashboard. At the back, the console is extended and also partly floats above the flat floor. The second row living room is large, as is the bedroom in both rows. The iX’s priority is passenger comfort, as evidenced by the small trunk despite the car’s size. With a capacity of around 500 litres, it is smaller than the trunk of most compact SUVs.
Overall, the build quality, fit and finish of the BMW is very good. The car we tested had the optional Interior Design Suite, in the beautiful Castenea color, for a truly luxurious feel. On the upside, among the many options included in the tested iX xDrive50 is the Premium Enhancement Package (soft-closing doors, etc.) and the Bowers and Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound system. For a total of less than $118,000, this SUV was amazing in every way.
Especially when driving
As it sounds, the xDrive50 is the mid-range version of the iX. Crazy, because its twin-engine configuration produces a total of 516 horsepower and 564 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the i4 we have yet to learn about the existence of an M version, we already know the M60 with its 610 horsepower and 811 lb-ft of torque. Trust me, the 50 does far more than what the average driver can handle.
The SUV can jump from a complete stop to 100 km / h in just 4.6 seconds, which means that driving from a traffic light will not be lost much. In fact, the iX won’t lose any battles when it comes to specs. Yes, it’s very fast and has enough power to make the Ford Mustang GT look like a joke, but that’s just one thing. Another is the battery size and range provided. Fully charged, the integrated 111.5 kWh battery provides an estimated range of 521 km.
During my week with the iX, I charged twice over the weekend, and on Friday after 230 km I still had an indicated state of charge of 55% and an indicated range of 297 km. Mind you, I often pressed the volume all the way down, so the numbers beat me. The SUV has a fast charging capacity of 195kW, which means going from 10-80% on the 150kW charger will take about 9 minutes, and on the 50kW charger, about 21 minutes. 70%
As with most BMWs, there are many driving modes, but all week I’ve been using the “comfort” mode almost exclusively. There are also a few brake return channels, the main one being ‘B’, for maximum brake application, alongside ‘D’ which is accessed by the gear lever.
Finally, on the road, the 2022 BMW iX xDrive50 is the perfect combination of comfort and impressive handling. Despite the optional large 22-inch wheels, the 5,700-pound SUV rides as smoothly as it does with confidence. The iX’s best trick is integrated active steering for added responsiveness.
Electric vehicles are becoming more efficient
BMW has taken the lead for many reasons. Its design leaves no one behind and when it comes to performance, all around, even Tesla is not ahead, if at all.
Admittedly, starting at $90,000, the 2022 BMW iX xDrive50 isn’t cheap. However, it is cheaper than the Tesla Model X (which only theoretically offers 13 kilometers more range) and is priced between that of the Model Y Long Range sub and the Performance. Of course, it will take a long time to get the iX, but I’m sure the wait will be worth it.