BMW is a German luxury automaker that’s well-known for making luxurious and comfortable cars that are also capable and sporty on the road. And like many other automakers, BMW is transitioning towards EVs, and one of the German luxury automaker’s first EV offerings is the iX. Here’s a look at the 2023 BMW iX and how it’s such a great EV that there may be only one flaw with the car.
The 2023 BMW iX is the best luxury electric SUV on the market right now
According to U.S. News, the iX is currently the best luxury electric SUV on the market, as it beats out competitors like the Tesla Model X and Mercedes-Benz EQB. Overall, the iX provides drivers with exactly what they’d expect from a BMW, with one of the main differences being that it’s powered by electricity rather than gas.
Like many other BMWs, the iX is sporty. Not only does it accelerate well, but it also handles well. Like U.S. News wrote, “There’s no slow version of the iX.” The electric BMW starts with a dual-motor powertrain that gets 516 hp and 564 lb-ft of torque.
BMW also offers a more powerful option that gets 610 hp and 811 lb-ft of torque. The standard version accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, while the optional one can do that in 3.6 seconds.
This BMW EV doesn’t compromise on range either, as it gets 324 miles with the standard configuration. On top of that, the Beemer has a luxurious and comfortable interior that’s loaded with features, including some high-tech ones.
For example, synthetic leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard, as is a 14.9-inch touch screen and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster display.
The one flaw with the 2023 BMW iX
Technically speaking, U.S. News had two complaints about the iX, but one of them comes with the territory of buying a luxury EV from BMW. The iX starts at just over $84,000, and that may be too high of a cost for most drivers. That said, BMW shoppers probably can afford that price tag, so it’s not really an issue.
The more legitimate complaint about the iX has to do with the fact that it doesn’t have a front trunk, or frunk. Since EVs don’t have engines, automakers usually do something with the engine bay, and that often means turning it into a storage compartment.
BMW didn’t do that with the iX, but the good news is that the iX will still have a lot of cargo space. With the rear-seats folded down, it gets up to 77.9 cu. ft. of cargo capacity.
It’s not a big deal that the 2023 BMW iX doesn’t have a frunk
Furthermore, while a frunk would be nice to have, it’s not necessary. Frunks don’t typically add that much cargo capacity to an EV. There is some variance though, so it’s tough to say how much space a hypothetical frunk could add to the iX.
Regardless, the iX offers more than enough cargo capacity in the rear for most families, and the electric SUV’s other features more than make up for the lack of a frunk.
Range anxiety is one of the big issues that EV owners face, as it’s scary to run low on range while being miles away from a nearby charger. That’s why it’s important for an EV to have a lot of range, and currently, few EVs have more than 300 miles of range.
The iX is one of those EVs that has more than 300 miles of range, and it’s able to drive those 300 miles in stylish fashion.