BMW iX review: reliability & safety rating
The iX’s wealth of technology and safety features, paired with a five-star Euro NCAP rating, should reassure potential owners
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assistance|
|5 stars (2021)||91%||87%||81%|
The iX is BMW’s latest flagship, built on a newly developed platform dedicated to electric cars and packed with technology. BMW owner satisfaction as reported in the most recent Driver Power survey may not reach the highs you’d expect for a premium German marque, but the iX matches the best-of-the-best in the electric car market when it comes to safety.
BMW iX reliability & problems
The first BMW iXs only arrived with customers in November 2021, so the flagship SUV hasn’t been on the road long enough for us to get any sold reliability data yet – and neither have BMW’s other electric models using its fifth-generation eDrive technology: the i4 saloon, i7 limousine, or iX1 and iX3 SUVs. However, the German marque fared relatively well in the 2022 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey and managed to finish 16th out of 29 on the list of best car manufacturers.
The iX passed its Euro NCAP crash tests with flying colours, garnering the maximum overall score of five stars, along with impressive individual ratings of 91 and 87% for adult and child occupant protection respectively. Protection of pedestrians and cyclists was rated at 73%, while the car's safety assist systems were rated at 81%.
The Tesla Model X rival comes with a wealth of safety systems as standard, including BMW’s Driving Assistant Professional, which includes lane-keeping assistance, cross-traffic warning and adaptive cruise control with stop and go, among other features. It also gets a rear-view camera and automatic parking as part of the ‘Parking Assist’ pack. Additional safety features are also available as part of the optional Visibility and Technology Plus packs, but these come as standard on the top-of-the-range M60 model.
In This Review
- 1VerdictBMW's flagship electric SUV has love-it-or-hate-it styling, but to drive, the iX is a thoroughly impressive all-rounder that gives the Tesla Model X a run for its money
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe 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
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe iX has a hefty price tag, but the flagship SUV promises the same low running costs you’d expect from any electric car, especially if you’re a company-car driver
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe BMW iX offers the strong straight-line performance you’d expect from a luxury electric SUV, but its supreme refinement, comfort and handling are what set it apart from the competition
- 5Interior, dashboard & infotainmentFuturistic cabin design and superb interior quality help justify the iX’s high price, although the infotainment system can be overwhelming at times
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityWhile boot space isn’t as generous as we might like, the iX’s cabin is spacious and airy, with plenty of space on offer
- 7Reliability & safety rating - currently readingThe iX’s wealth of technology and safety features, paired with a five-star Euro NCAP rating, should reassure potential owners