BMW iX review: running costs & insurance
The 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
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Petrol and diesel-powered luxury SUVs like the BMW X7, Range Rover or Porsche Cayenne can cost thousands of pounds a year in company-car tax. In comparison, BMW’s electric flagship attracts a lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rate than a diesel hatchback, so even higher-rate earners face an annual bill of less than £600 thanks to a 2% BiK rate for the next few financial years.
BMW iX insurance group
The BMW iX is like many luxury electric cars, attracting some of the highest insurance ratings possible. Depending on which model and trim level you go for, the iX falls into brackets 47-50, but the same is true for rivals like the Audi Q8 e-tron and Tesla Model X. This is likely due to the performance on offer, as well as high potential repair costs.
Every BMW iX comes with a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty – just like the brand’s combustion-engined and other pure-electric models, including the iX3 SUV and i4 saloon. Like the latter pair, the iX's battery pack is also covered by a separate eight-year guarantee.
Servicing intervals and pricing for the iX have not yet been revealed. But due to the reduced complexity of the SUV’s pure-electric powertrain and the fact there are fewer moving parts, we expect servicing prices for the iX to be less than those for its petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid counterparts.
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 & insurance - currently readingThe 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 ratingThe iX’s wealth of technology and safety features, paired with a five-star Euro NCAP rating, should reassure potential owners