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BMW iX3-E ELECTRIC ESTATE

210kW M Sport Pro 80kWh 5dr Auto

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Key Info

Optional Extras

Technical Data

Review

Key Features

  • Fuel Type
    Fuel Type Electric
  • Transmission
    Transmission Automatic
  • Mileage
    Mileage 0.00mpg
  • Top Speed
    Top Speed 112mph
  • CO2
    CO2 g/km

Driver Convenience

  • Apple car play and Android auto
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Auto start-stop
  • BMW Drive recorder
  • BMW gesture control
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional with 12.3" instrument display + 12.3" high resolution centre display nav function and Intelligent Voice Assistant
  • BMW Online services
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Brake pad wear indicator
  • Check control system
  • Condition based service - BMW service history, electronic service booklet, integrated owner's handbook
  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging
  • Front/rear Parking distance control
  • Head up Display
  • Lateral parking aid
  • Parking assistant plus with 360 degree surround view camera system and remote 3D view
  • PAS
  • Personal Profile
  • Reversing camera
  • Wi-Fi hotspot

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • eDrive exterior sound
  • Safety battery terminal clamp

Entertainment

  • Harman/Kardon surround sound audio system

Exterior Features

  • Acoustic front side windows
  • Acoustic windscreen
  • Air breathers with BMW i logo
  • Black kidney frame
  • Blue ring around BMW logos
  • BMW i badge on the kidney grille
  • BMW iconic sound electric
  • BMW Individual high gloss shadow line with extended contents
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Extended high gloss shadow line exterior trim
  • Exterior mirrors electrically adjustable, foldable, heated with memory, auto-dimming drivers side and aspherical on passengers side
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Full LED rear lights with 3D sculpting
  • High beam assistant
  • High gloss black shadow line roof rails
  • High gloss shadowline exterior trim
  • Interior rear view electrochromatic mirror with automatic anti dazzle function
  • L-shaped air intakes in blue accents
  • LED third brake light
  • M aerodynamic exterior
  • M badging on the front side (left and right)
  • M design rear apron with high-gloss black inlays with Frozen grey trim panel
  • M Sport front bumper with iX3 specific design with blue contents
  • Metallic paint
  • Model logo on left tailgate
  • Panoramic glass sunroof, two parts, electric actuation, sliding function, wind deflector, sun protection with floating headliner
  • Rear diffuser in Blue
  • Rear wiper
  • Sport front apron with BMW i blue accents
  • Sun protection glass
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Welcome lighting

Interior Features

  • 12V power socket in front centre console
  • 3 zone automatic air conditioning
  • 4 way electrically adjustable lumbar support for drivers seat
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Ambient lighting
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Blue accent around the logo on the steering wheel
  • Blue accent on the gear selector
  • Blue accent on the start/stop button
  • Deletion lumbar support/width adjustment passenger side
  • Driver and front passenger heated seats
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders + vanity mirrors
  • Front and rear headrests
  • Front Sports electric seats with Driver's side electric backrest width adjustment and memory
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Isofix rear child seat preparation
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • M sport leather steering wheel
  • Mode 3 charging cable 22kW
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Seat backrest adjustment for rear seat
  • Seat backrest width adjustment
  • Vernasca leather upholstery

Packs

  • Connected pro pack - iX3
  • Driving assistant professional package - iX3
  • Extended storage pack - iX3

Passive Safety

  • ABS/EBD
  • Active protection
  • Airbags - driver and front passenger
  • BMW emergency call
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Child proof locking system in rear door
  • Crash Sensor - activation of central locking release, hazard warning light and interior lighting
  • Driver and passenger side airbags
  • DSTC-Dynamic Stability and Traction Control
  • Front and rear brake discs with interior ventilation
  • Head airbags for first and second row seats
  • M Sport seat belts
  • Side impact protection
  • Three point seatbelts to all seats with front and outer rear pyrotechnic belt tensioners and seat belt force limiters
  • Two tone horn
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle

Security

  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Comfort access system

Trim

  • Galvanic embellisher for controls
  • Sensatec dashboard
  • Sensatec instrument panel

Wheels

  • 20" M aerodynamic alloy wheels in M bicolour style 890
  • Tyre repair kit (including Tyre sealant and 12V Compressor)

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

Exterior Features

Paintwork

Trim

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    80
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    2400
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    11
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    450
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    150
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    0-80
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    34
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City - Max
    15.2
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City - Min
    15.1
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    18.8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max
    18.9
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min
    18.8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Extra High - Max
    24.2
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Extra High - Min
    24.1
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - High - Max
    17
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - High - Min
    16.8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Low - Max
    15.3
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Low - Min
    15.2
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Medium - Max
    15.2
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Medium - Min
    15
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City - Max
    4.1
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City - Min
    4.1
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    3.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max
    3.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min
    3.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Extra High - Max
    2.6
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Extra High - Min
    2.6
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - High - Max
    3.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - High - Min
    3.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Low - Max
    4.1
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Low - Min
    4.1
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Medium - Max
    4.1
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Medium - Min
    4.1
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City - Max
    562
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City - Min
    566
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb
    455
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Max
    452
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Min
    455
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Extra High - Max
    354
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Extra High - Min
    355
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - High - Max
    505
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - High - Min
    508
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Low - Max
    558
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Low - Min
    562
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Medium - Max
    565
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Medium - Min
    569
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City - Max
    349
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City - Min
    352
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    283
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Max
    281
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Min
    283
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Ex High - Max
    220
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Ex High - Min
    221
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - High - Max
    314
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - High - Min
    316
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Low - Max
    347
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Low - Min
    349
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Medium - Max
    351
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Medium - Min
    354

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2 (g/km)
    0
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Code
    HA0001N0
  • Engine Layout
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
  • Badge Power
    286
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    M Sport Pro
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    44E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    6.8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    286
  • Engine Power - KW
    210
  • Engine Power - RPM
    6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    295
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    40.8
  • Engine Torque - NM
    400
  • Top Speed
    112

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    N/A

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    245/45 R20
  • Tyre Size Rear
    275/40 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    M Aero Style 890
  • Wheel Type
    20" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1668
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4734
  • Wheelbase
    2864
  • Width
    1891
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2138

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    Not Available
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2725
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1560
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    510
  • Max. Loading Weight
    545
  • Max. Roof Load
    100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    750
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2180
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    12.1

With the iX3, BMW stakes a claim for a prominent position in the luxury EV market. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the revised version.

Background

The iX3 is only BMW's second ever full-electric model, but it claims to move the EV genre on in various important ways. Its importance for the Munich maker lies in the fact that this is the first car from the brand to be produced in China for export to world markets. Production takes place at the joint venture factory in Shenyang, Liaoning operated jointly by BMW and Chinese manufacturer Brilliance. Much is shared here with the new '5th generation' EV technology that BMW has developed for its new i4 saloon and iNEXT SUV models, said to use battery charge more efficiently. And the iX3's arrival means that the brand's familiar X3 mid-sized SUV becomes the first of the Munich maker's models to be offered with a choice of combustion, plug-in or full EV power options.

Driving Experience

You tend to have higher expectations of the handling of any BMW, even a fully electric one, and the Munich maker didn't want this iX3 to disappoint. Hence the clever way that the battery here has been integrated within the floorplan, lowering the centre of gravity by up to 75mm over the standard X3 for what BMW describes as 'noticeably enhanced lateral dynamics'. Which is just as well because like other EVs, this one has a bit of a weight problem, tipping the scales at nearly 2.2 tonnes. That's despite the fact that it has a slightly smaller battery than some rivals - it's 80kWh in size, though only 74kWh of that is usable. The quoted WLTP driving range figure of up tp 286 miles is class-competitive though. The iX3 is exclusively rear-driven, power coming from a rear-mounted electric motor producing 286hp which revs far higher than any of BMW's earlier motors - up to 17,000rpm, compared to the 14,000rpm of the brand's existing i3 EV hatch. As you'd expect, it's mated to a single-speed auto gearbox. 62mph from rest occupies 6.8 seconds, which is just 0 4s slower than the conventional X3 sDrive30i 2.0-litre petrol turbo model. But top speed is limited to 112mph in order to protect the range. Adaptive suspension with electronically controlled dampers is standard.

Design and Build

If you know the BMW X3, you'll recognise this one by its now-re-styled blanked-off front grille, which features blue trimming and vertical air ducts at each corner. A few small styling changes now feature. That grille is flanked by slimmer LED headlamps and sits above a larger lower air intake. Further blue elements feature on the revised door sills and the revised rear bumper, which has been restyled to reduce turbulence. There are also aerodynamically-optimised 19-inch wheels, which BMW says contribute significantly to a sleeker drag coefficient of 0.29 Cd. Inside, the dashboard, switchgear and centre console of the ordinary X3 are all unchanged here, though in this case are trimmed with blue highlights. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is standard, plus there's a 10.25-inch central display which can be controlled either through touch or via the usual iDrive rotary controller. The iX3 features that infotainment set-up in its latest 'iDrive7' form, in which guise it can take over-the-air software updates and the latest version of the BMW 'Intelligent Personal Assistant' voice control system. Passenger space in the rear is the same as in an ordinary X3, but boot space has fallen by 40-litres over the regular model - down to 510-litres. If you need more room, the rear seats are split 40:20:40 for extra flexibility.

Market and Model

Asking prices for the iX3 start from around £60,000 for the 'M Sport' version of the car available from launch. There's also a plusher 'M Sport Pro' variant costing around £63,000. With both derivatives, all the usual executive niceties are standard, but of course there's plenty of opportunity to spend more. If, for example, you want to upgrade the Adaptive Suspension set-up, you'll be able to specify a sportier Adaptive M Suspension system. Also standard is the BMW 'IconicSounds Electric' package, which is a system of subtle synthesised noises which are pumped into the interior to match braking and acceleration inputs. These sounds have been created in collaboration with the famous film composer Hans Zimmer. Standard interior kit includes a 12.3 inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25 inch central display. Plus there's wireless 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring. As with any EV, you'll need to keep aside some budget for a garage charging system if you haven't had an electric car before. BMW has partnered with Smart Solitions to offer what it calls a 'Personal Wallbox'. This is able to monitor energy usage and cost, as well as keeping a historic record of home-charging energy expenditure, making it very convenient for company car users.

Cost of Ownership

Let's start with charging. There are a number of options, including 150KW DC rapid charging for an 80% charge in 34 minutes. AC single-phase and on-board three-phase charging at 11KW is standard-fit. We've already briefed you on the driving range - WLTP-rated at 285 miles. BMW claims that this range will be more achievable than is the case with rivals because of the density of this car's 80kWh battery pack, which is also slimmer and more compact than the norm, so therefore also lighter. The brand reckons that this greater range efficiency will be particularly noticeable on longer trips with plenty of motorway driving where this model's range will hold up better than with heavier rivals. But optimised aerodynamics will also help, added by little touches - the sleeker wheels for example, are worth an extra 6 miles of range on a full charge. Use of regenerative braking will also help with range maximisation. You can manage this manually via the drive selector. Choosing 'D' gives you three levels of recuperation - 'high', 'medium' and 'low', while moving the selector to 'B' enables maximum recuperation and means that you effectively only have to drive with one pedal - you'll hardly ever have to use the brake, such is the retardation when you come off the throttle. The iX3 can also manage brake recuperation itself using location data from BMW's latest cloud-based navigation system, autonomously altering the level of brake energy harvesting according to road conditions. For example, if there's a stop sign ahead, full recuperation will be engaged without the need for manual selection.

Summary

The need to develop more sophisticated '5th generation' EV technology and to create a purpose-designed manufacturing base in China has meant that BMW has given its rivals a head start in the luxury EV market. But with the iX3, there's every chance for the Munich maker to recover this lost ground. It's a fraction smaller than potential competitors like Jaguar's I-PACE and the Mercedes EQC - and can't go quite as far on a single charge either. But the iX3 is more affordable and, after a test run, you might well decide that it drives a bit better too. Expect many more Chinese-made BMW's in the years ahead, but few will be more significant than this one.

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