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BMW iX1 review

We street take a look at the iX1 – the 100% electrical model of BMW’s a lot improved entry-level SUV…

Again in November 2022 I reviewed the spectacular new third-generation BMW X1. In addition to an intensive drive of a petroleum mannequin, I additionally acquired a fast whiz in a pre-production LHD pure electrical iX1.

Glorious although the common X1 is, it was clear that the flagship iX1 variant was going to be the spotlight of the vary.

And having spent every week with the iX1, I can now verify that it actually is among the greatest EV packages in the marketplace in the present day.

BMW iX1 review

A part of the credit score for that goes to the designers and engineers at BMW who’ve managed to provide a family-sized SUV that not solely seems good, however is sensible, secure and comfy.

Actually, it’s an all-round class act, which is simply as nicely as a result of its many rivals embrace the Nissan Ariya, Toyota bZ4X, Audi This autumn e-tron, Mercedes-Benz EQA, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Tesla Mannequin Y and Ford Mustang-Mach-E.

At first sight it seems a lot the identical as its petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid siblings, which is not any dangerous factor.

Up entrance, a daring BMW kidney grille is flanked by slim LED headlights. The facet profile sports activities meaty wheel arches and fared-in door handles, whereas three-dimensional LED lights and underside safety add character to its pert rear.

BMW iX1 review

The one apparent exterior variations between the iX1 and the ICE variations are the closed-off grille, blue trim highlights and badging.

Delve deeper and also you’ll discover two electrical motors (one on every axle) producing a complete of 309bhp and a 68kWh battery pack that’s able to delivering a claimed vary of as much as 270 miles.

I examined the AWD xDrive30 in xLine trim (there’s additionally an M-Sport model). Inside, there’s a commanding view of the street from up entrance (I would like the choice of a decrease seating place) and visibility is fairly good, although the reversing digicam is helpful when manoeuvring as a result of the tailgate window is on the slim facet.

On the street, the iX1 is refined, particularly when you’ve switched off the irritating Hans Zimmer ‘IconicSounds’ soundtrack which whooshes as you drive alongside.

BMW iX1 review

With a 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds, it’s most likely a bit sooner than it must be, particularly when Sport mode is engaged.

Extra importantly, it delivers an interesting and straightforward driving expertise with mild steering.

Nimble and enjoyable, there’s good traction from the AWD set-up (the iX1 favours its entrance motor in day-to-day driving), plus it hardly ever feels something however composed with nicely managed physique lean in sooner corners.

Sure, the trip is on the agency facet, but it surely’s not uncomfortably so. What’s extra, the brakes are responsive, which isn’t all the time the case with EVs, supplying you with that additional confidence to push it on tougher roads.

BMW iX1 review

Priced from £53,295, the iiX1 options the eighth technology of BMW’s iDrive working system, which features a 10.7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a ten.25-inch driver’s digital instrument cluster.

The curved display infotainment system is principally operated by way of the touchscreen, voice instructions and flush buttons on the steering wheel. There’s now not a rotary controller subsequent to the gear selector, which can annoy some, together with the minimalist feel and appear.

And despite the fact that local weather management is accessed by way of the touchscreen, the system powers up rapidly and there’s a distinguished short-cut to the local weather menu on the backside of the display.

All in all, the iX1’s infotainment system is slick and sharp, together with a transparent head-up show and augmented satellite tv for pc navigation system which overlays upcoming instructions on the touchscreen by way of massive chevron graphics.

BMW iX1 review

It’s laborious to criticise the cabin too, as a result of there’s loads of area for 5 individuals. Actually, there’s very good leg and headroom within the again, whereas boot capability is a good 490 litres (increasing to 1,495 litres with the 40/20/40-split rear seats folded), although sadly there’s no area below the bonnet to retailer charging cables like some rivals.

Awarded a most 5 stars by Euro NCAP, it’s filled with security and driver help goodies as customary, together with autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning and pace restrict help, plus a further centre airbag between the motive force and entrance passenger seats.

BMW iX1 review

After all, there’s no such factor as an ideal automotive and the BMW iX1 is not any totally different.

The one actual disappointment is the vary, which might do with being nearer to 300 miles, making 250 miles on a single cost a sensible chance.

Common although the claimed vary is, power consumption manages to remain near the anticipated journey size, which isn’t all the time the case.

BMW iX1 review

I’d additionally choose steering wheel paddles for adjusting the regen, however that’s a minor gripe. On the plus facet, it’s doable to recuperate a number of miles on steep downhill stretches of street by enjoying with the brake regeneration settings or sticking the gear selector in B mode.

Lastly, the 130kW charging pace won’t beat rivals such because the Kia EV6, however a 10-80% top-up will take lower than half-hour by way of a suitably fast charger.

Verdict: The BMW iX1 is, fairly merely, probably the greatest all-round EV packages on the street in the present day. Straightforward to stay with, this good-looking SUV delivers a successful mix of efficiency, practicality, dynamism, refinement, security and high quality.