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BMW iX range, battery & charging

The BMW iX boasts an impressive range of up to 380 miles, however it can't rapid-charge quite as fast as the Tesla Model X, or some other less expensive EVs

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

4.5 out of 5

ModelRangeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
xDrive40257 miles11hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)31mins (10-80%, 150kW)
xDrive50380 miles16hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)34mins (10-80%, 200kW)
M60357 miles16hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)34mins (10-80%, 200kW)

Depending on which version of the iX you choose, the flagship electric SUV can cover between 257 and 380 miles when fully topped up – among the longest ranges of any EV on the market. The latest Tesla Model X is the only rival that can come close to the iX’s figure, with the Long Range version of that car hitting 360 miles, while the high-performance Plaid variant (equivalent to the M60) will cover 340 miles on a charge. 

BMW iX range

Depending on which model you go for, the iX features either a 71 or much larger 105.2kWh battery. It also offers three levels of brake energy recuperation and a one-pedal driving mode, which can help maintain charge when on the road.

Entry-level xDrive40 cars like the one we drove run the smaller battery and can cover up to 257 miles when fully topped up. That’s on par with claimed range figures for the Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes EQC. When we tested the xDrive40, it indicated a real-world range of 212 miles, but that was in the freezing conditions that are known for chipping away at electric cars' potential range.

The more expensive xDrive50 and M60 models with the 105.2kWh battery have ranges of 380 and 351 miles respectively. Other than the Tesla Model X, none of the iX’s luxury SUV rivals are capable of achieving close to its over-300-mile figure.

Charge time

Thanks to the iX’s rapid-charging capability (up to 150kW for the xDrive40 and 200kW for the xDrive50 and M60), topping up from 10-80% takes just over half an hour – which works out at 90 miles of range per 10 minutes spent charging in the models with the 105.2kWh battery.

Fully recharging the xDrive40’s 71kWh battery will take 11-and-a-half hours from a standard 7.4kW home wallbox, but that extends to nearly 17 hours if you go for the xDrive50 or M60. If you’re stranded somewhere without access to a proper charging point and need to top up the iX from flat using a three-pin plug, it'll take around two days.

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