2023 BMW iX xDrive50 Review: Pleasing Performer, Vexing Design

I had a blast tooling around in BMW’s new iX, but I’m not sure I’d want to settle down with it just yet.

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The 2023 iX xDrive50 is one of two new electric vehicles BMW launched this year, alongside the i4 sedan. Of the pair, the iX xDrive50 is the bolder play: a completely new vehicle from the ground up, rather than a battery-powered version of an existing model. It also takes much larger risks. Many of those risks pay off in the form of excellent driving dynamics, comfort and range, but some of them don’t. The electric SUV is plagued by some strange and interesting design decisions, and I’m not just talking about its polarizing exterior.


  • Powerful and responsive electric motors

  • IRL range easily meets EPA estimates

  • Gorgeous interior design

Don’t like

  • It’s kind of weird looking

  • Steep tech learning curve

  • One of the priciest in this class

xDrive50 electric powertrain

The iX comes standard with all-wheel drive, pairing a 190-kilowatt electric motor on the front axle with a more powerful…

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