What’s the iX3 like inside?
There isn’t much to option inside this SUV. The standard gear includes a sunroof, head-up display, leather upholstery, heated and powered front seats, reclining second row seats, an automatic tailgate, interior lighting, and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen matched to a 16-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system.
Smartphone mirroring includes iPhone and Android platforms and there’s a wireless charging pad up front.
Cargo space is still a more-than-decent 510 litres, given the batteries are housed under the entire floor, rather than under the cargo area, as they are in the plug-in hybrid, which consequently only has 450 litres of space.
A tyre repair kit is as good as it gets if you puncture one of the 20-inch tyres.
What’s under the BMW iX3’s bonnet?
Not very much. The electronics are stowed under the plastic cowl but the 210kW/400Nm electric motor sits at the back of the iX3 (which is why the boot space is down by 40 litres on a regular X3).
The 80kWh battery pack is housed under the floor of the electric SUV, which helps keep a low centre of gravity, given the mass is around 500kg.
BMW claims a 6.8-second sprint to 100km/h and a top speed of 180km/h.
Is the BMW iX3 efficient?
The claimed range under the WLTP testing cycle is 460km. Owners who max out their regeneration rate (there are four levels of braking energy recovery) may come close to it, providing they’re not using the heating or air-conditioning.
A more realistic mark for typical drivers will be just under 400km. The mid-sized SUV can be recharged on a 150kW DC public charger, with BMW quoting a 10-80 per cent recharge time of 32 minutes.
Hook the iX3 up to a home Wallbox with 11kW of output and a full recharge will take a claimed 7.5 hours.
Make the mistake of plugging it into a standard 1.8kW wall socket and the car will be stationary for around 44 hours. That’ll spoil your weekend.
That’s why one of the big selling points of the iX3 is the fact it comes standard with complimentary five-year subscription to charge at Chargefox public charging stations.
That’s a lot of free and relatively fast-acquired energy.