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BMW iX3 running costs

As the BMW iX3 is so new, it’s hard to nail down exactly how much it'll cost to run; servicing costs and insurance groups will be revealed later

BMW iX3
Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Insurance groupWarrantyService interval2021/22 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
TBC3yrs / unlimited milesTBCFrom £124 / £247

While the BMW iX3 may look expensive alongside petrol and diesel versions of the family SUV, it actually undercuts its rivals quite significantly. It’s also worth bearing in mind that launch models only come in flashy Premier and Premier Pro specifications, with cheaper versions on the cards towards the end of 2021 or in early 2022.

Of course, once you’ve bought your iX3, you should be able to save a pretty penny compared with this car’s less economical petrol or diesel siblings. It’s easy to only look at the car’s range figure when deciding whether or not to take the plunge, but efficiency is equally important. And in this case, the BMW beats almost all of its competitors – largely due to its lighter kerbweight.

Elsewhere, it’s hard to draw too many conclusions just yet. BMW hasn’t released official insurance group ratings, service intervals or costs – so comparing the iX3 with its rivals in this area simply isn’t possible. We do know, however, that as this is a zero-emissions model, company-car drivers benefit from the lowest possible tax rating.

BMW iX3 insurance group

Insurance groups for the BMW iX3 haven’t been revealed yet. However, while the conventional X3 sits in groups 28-40, pure-electric rivals like the Jaguar i-Pace and Audi e-tron are both in groups 49-50 – so it’d be safe to assume the iX3 will be more expensive to insure than its petrol, diesel or hybrid equivalent.

Warranty

Every BMW iX3 comes with a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty – just like the petrol and diesel versions. It’s likely the car’s high-voltage battery will be covered separately; an eight-year guarantee is expected, but will be announced at a later date.

Servicing

Servicing prices and all-inclusive service packs have not yet been revealed. However, due to the reduced complexity of a pure-electric powertrain and the fact there are fewer moving parts, we expect servicing prices for the iX3 to undercut the equivalent petrol or diesel variant.

Road tax

As the BMW iX3 emits no CO2, it’s exempt from road tax (VED). Its zero-emission status also means it escapes the London Congestion Charge until 2025 and it should be safe from future low-emission zones, too.

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