BMW iX3 is the electric version of the popular X3 SUV, almost everything is the same, except, of course, the drivetrain, which includes a 286-horsepower electric motor and an 80 kWh battery, capable of offering a range of up to 460 km. Energy efficiency is another argument in the BMW iX3, as are comfort, technological sophistication and dynamic handling. However, this medal also has a reversal.
With the launch of the BMW iX3, the German brand has changed its strategy in the field of electric cars. Until the start of marketing this battery-powered SUV, the manufacturer’s only fully electric model in Munich was the compact BMW i3.
Developed from the ground up as an electric vehicle, the BMW i3 was distinguished by its asymmetric profile, carbon-fibre bodywork, recycled but not pleasing to the eye materials, and suicide doors.
With the i3, BMW has discovered that not all customers want their electric car to look radically different from “traditional” cars.
That’s why, when designing the new BMW iX3, the strategy was to offer an electric version of the X3 SUV, a model that is beginning to be offered in all kinds of power solutions, from gasoline to battery electric, through diesel and rechargeable hybrid (PHEV).
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In terms of image, the BMW iX3 offers a more massive grille, but it is covered because this battery-powered version needs less cooling, due to the tattered LED headlights. Finishes linked to the M Sport package are standard on all versions of this electric SUV.
The differences between the BMW iX3 and the BMW X3 are harder to find on the inside than on the outside. Indeed, if it were not for the blue ignition button and some other notes of the same color, then no one could have imagined that they were not behind the wheel of a “traditional” car.
This is far from a less positive aspect because the BMW X3 is one of the best SUVs on the market and the fact that it uses electric power instead of fossil fuels doesn’t change that reality.
The cabin may not be as luxurious as the Audi e-tron or the Mercedes-Benz EQC, but the quality of materials and construction is unquestionable, and the dense, smooth finishes can be found in the most important places.
Ease of use is another strength of the BMW iX3, thanks to the rationally arranged dashboard, with worthy buttons for the air conditioning.
In terms of livability, there’s no shortage of leg and headroom, even for taller riders. The interior is also spacious enough that the driver’s shoulders do not stick to the passenger’s shoulders.
Equally good is the rear habitability. Despite the large battery, it was installed under the floor of the iX3, which allowed BMW to provide space similar to that of the X3. This means that two tall people can travel comfortably in the rear seats.
The rear seats can be reclined to provide a wider position, a feature not available on the BMW iX3’s direct competitors. The middle rear seat is wide enough to accommodate a third passenger.
The trunk is also similar to the BMW X3, offering a volume of 510 liters which can be increased to 1,560 liters by folding the seats in a 40/20/40 configuration. Under the boot lid there is a useful false bottom that allows you to store charging cables.
The combustion engine in the BMW X3 was replaced by an electric drivetrain, which includes an electric motor mounted on the rear axle, generating 285 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque, a battery pack with a total capacity of 80 kWh and a useful 74 kWh, and a single-speed gearbox.
According to BMW, the battery can cover up to 463 kilometers on a single charge. Once exhausted, full capacity can be restored after 7 hours 30 minutes in an 11kW charging box.
In a quick charger, the charging time in direct current decreases, and it can be charged from 10% to 80% of capacity in 32 minutes at a station with a power of 150 kW or autonomy of more than 100 km in about ten minutes.
Despite the external length of 4.73 meters and the weight of 2383 kg, this electric SUV can accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.8 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 180 km / h.
The declared energy consumption, on the WLTP cycle, is 18.5 kWh per 100 km traveled, which translates to a cost of €3.43 (excluding taxes). The BMW iX3 also has an energy recovery system during deceleration and braking, which can be activated in its most efficient mode (B) in the drive program selector.
BMW is known for providing the most advanced infotainment systems. The iX3 SUV is no exception, having received the latest version of the iDrive system. The 10.25-inch touchscreen can be operated using a rotary switch located between the seats, and is less distracting than other competing systems.
In addition to navigation, DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity, the standard Live Cockpit Professional also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as well as inductive smartphone charging. The M Sport versions also have a Harman Kardon sound system.
The BMW iX3 also features advanced driver assistance systems. Among them, the Head-Up Display – to ensure that the user is always on the road – Blind Spot Alert, Lane Keeping Assistant, Active Navigation (which helps maintain lane calculation by the multi-lane navigation system), Active Cruise Control, Forward Collision Assist, or Recognition Traffic lights with the possibility of automatic speed adjustment according to legal limits.
The combination of active and passive safety systems makes it possible for the BMW iX3 to provide Level 2 autonomous driving, after being activated via the controls on the multifunction steering wheel.
When the systems are in operation, the vehicle not only maintains its leading edge, but also automatically brakes and accelerates. It’s strange at first, but after gaining confidence in the technology, it offers greater driving comfort, especially in stop-and-go situations.
The Driving Assistant Professional is so advanced that it received the highest Euro NCAP four-point rating and an efficiency rating of 83%, the second best ever, behind 85% of the Mercedes-Benz GLE.
On the road
The sporty nature of the BMW iX3 is reflected in the leather seats with blue stitching and electric adjustment, as well as the modern control panel in the center console.
The elevated driving position, typical of an SUV, ensures excellent visibility of the road and surroundings. To support maneuvers in a vehicle with an external length of 4.73 meters, the driver benefits from the support of the rear camera with dynamic lines, as well as the rear, front and side sensors.
In addition to the specific hardware and the blue ignition button, the German brand chose to keep the automatic transmission control of other models with the difference that it controls the gearbox only one speed, which has a very smooth and gradual operation.
The user can choose between three driving modes: Eco Pro, Comfort and Pro. The former focuses on power consumption, while the latter seeks to make the most of the capabilities of the 288 hp (210 kW) synchronous motor, installed on the rear axle.
In addition to the three driving modes, it is also possible to select three levels of regeneration for more intelligent energy management.
The battery installation under the body gives the BMW iX3 a very balanced demeanor in curves at a weight of approximately 2.4 tons. However, this in no way affects the iX3’s agility on slower roads, thanks to its lower center of gravity.
Performance makes versions equipped with combustion engines and similar powers blush, such as acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in just 6.8 seconds. The maximum speed, in turn, is electronically limited to 180 km / h for reasons of safety and autonomy,
Efficiency is also surprising, the on-board computer indicates an average power consumption of 16.8 kWh / 100 km, lower than the 18.5 kWh / 100 km announced by the brand, while the real range is 410 km, i.e. Just under 463 kilometres. It is approved by the brand in the WLTP cycle.
A luxury SUV like other brands, but with electric motors. That was BMW’s recipe for the iX3, which is essentially an electric X3, convincing with its performance, dynamics, equipment, on-board comfort and low running costs.
The high price is also another distinguishing feature of this model, with the unit tested, equipped with the M Sport package, which will be proposed for €83,793, a value that already includes options such as the electric trailer coupling, and windows with sun protection. , M aluminum trim, BMW Laserlight or 20-inch aerodynamic light alloy wheels.
Typical German quality and rigor are unquestionable in the BMW iX3. The atmosphere on board is sophisticated, refined and technologically advanced, as is typical of almost all models of the Munich brand.
The interior can be filled with equipment, from a multimedia system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android, to steering aids and a three-zone climate control, thanks to the heat pump.
The energy efficiency of the BMW iX3 surprises on the plus side, achieving lower values, in real conditions, than those declared, with the on-board computer indicating an average of 16.8 kWh / 100 km, less than 18.5 kW at the official hour.
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The BMW iX3 is offered for €83,793, with options already available, which is far from completely cheap, although the difference compared to the combustion version can be compensated for by lower operating costs.
Since it shares the same platform as the rest of the X3 family, BMW has chosen to place the charging jack in the location of the fuel filler. This location is not practical at fast charging stations.
As is usual with premium brands (and beyond), the list of optional equipment is extensive and the BMW iX3 M Sport is no exception, including M aluminum trim, BMW Laserlight, 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels or sun goggles .
BMW iX3 M Sport
price 83793 € (with options)
Energy 210 kW (288 hp)
Binary 400 N
flow Auto, single speed
Weight 2384 kg
length, width, height 4.73 / 1.89 / 1.67 m
Dist. between axes 2.86 m
suitcase 510 – 1560 liters
performance 6.80-100 km / h; Top speed of 180 km/h. (Limited)
consumption 18.5 (16.8 *) kWh / 100 km
CO2 انبعاثات emissions 0 g/km
Shipping time 32 PM (80%) 7:30 AM
* – Turbo measurements
a series: Comfort Access System, soundproof windows, BMW M Shadow Line roof rails, package of interior and exterior mirrors, front sports seats, lumbar support for the front seats, adjustable seat backrests, heated front seats, BMW IconicSounds Electric system, Professional driving assistant, assistant Parking PLUS, BMW Head-Up Display, Harman / Kardon surround sound system, BMW M Shadow Line exterior trim, BMW M headliner in anthracite