November 17, 2022 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Isabel N. Delos Reyes

2023 BMW iX xDrive40

The New Premium EV Standard

I thought that the Jaguar I-PACE could not be beat in our market for the “best premium EV” for a couple more years, but along came the all-new BMW iX in its “entry-level” xDrive40 variant, and it swiftly torpedoed it. I still love the silent luxury feline which is still quicker and a touch more agile since it is smaller and produces more power. But for less money, a whopping PhP1,300,000.00 less at its current promotional retail pricing, you get a significantly larger vehicle with even more interior capacity, more standard and unconventional features, more creature comforts, and more range.

Sure, its exterior design may be polarizing but the biggest critics are not the actual buyers. Genuine buyers, experienced drivers, and BMW fans will love it because it more than retains the core characteristics of the brand. I love it! The all-new BMW iX xDrive40 is this year’s Best Premium EV in the 18th C! Awards for good reason. Yes, there are two more powerful and even more richly featured models available too which you can indent order from BMW Philippines; the 516 bhp / 564 lb-ft xDrive50 with 518-kilometers of range that accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds and the ferocious 610 bhp / 811 lb-ft M60 with 448-kilometers of range, standard adjustable air suspension and rear-wheel-steering that accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds with a governed top speed of 250 km/h! On sport mode with the M60 (not a full M-model but a stop-gap), BMW employed legendary award-winning composer Hans Zimmer to produce a model-specific soundtrack!

 

The BMW iX xDrive40 may not have the Zimmer support soundtrack but it already produces very compelling unique synthesized sounds through the magnificent standard 18-speaker Harman/Kardon stereo system (there is even an optional 30-speaker Bowers & Wilkins setup available for the iX-series) that make every moment in the capacious EV crossover a thrill like you are starring in your own action-adventure movie!

On Sport mode the iX xDrive40 catapults from 0-100 km/h in 6 seconds flat which is still fantastic and plenty quick while you feel the torque from all four corners efficiently pressing you into the fabulous flamboyantly designed quilted genuine Olive-tanned leather seats as the electric motors spin to 12,100 rpm!

Despite its size, it is actually larger and more spacious than a BMW X5 albeit with a lower roofline, the iX has a drag coefficient of .25cd which bests the Jaguar I-PACE’s .29cd which is already very good. The iX xDrive40 rides on very stylish and massive 9-inch wide 21-inch alloys wrapped with excellent Bridgestone Alenza Enliten 001 255/50R21 109Y RFT tires. Managing pace and weight are regenerative 13.7-inch vented discs up front squeezed by 4-piston fixed calipers and 13-inch vented discs at the rear handled by single-piston floating sliders.

Using the standard supplied home socket charging cable, the onboard 11 kW AC charger will charge the iX xDrive40 from a completely depleted battery to full capacity in 7 hours and 45 minutes. Much like the first i-series models, the i8 and i3, that we already loved and enjoyed, the all-new pure-EV crossover uses a trick carbon-fiber-intensive structure with generous amounts of aluminum and fully independent suspension (double wishbones up front and 5-link rears) to also offset the weight of the centrally located battery in the floor. The iX drives relentlessly like a much smaller and lighter wagon. By 2030, BMW’s goal is to have half of its worldwide sales to be electrified.

The awesome interior is truly brilliant and exciting. The new hexagonal-shaped steering wheel is complemented by the sensational unified curved frameless driver-centric instrument and iDrive 8 infotainment panel that houses two screens measuring 12.3 and 14.9-inches. The number of switchgears has been reduced significantly compared to non-electrified BMW models so the interior atmosphere is not as instantly familiar but you adapt very quickly as the layout feels organic and logical. Yes, even the new exterior door handles on the frameless doors and interior button locks become natural after a few minutes. I love how the leather wraps the dash and door panels too. Of course, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard as well as the HUD system and wireless smartphone charger on top of a massive list of standard kit.

The 2023 BMW iX xDrive40 is supported by a 5-year / 200,000-kilometer warranty and represents a very bold year-ender model like the axiomatic mic-drop.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Dual 3-phase electrically excited synchronous AC motors, front motor 268 hp / 260 lb-ft, rear motor 335 hp / 295 lb-ft, 76.6-kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack, 330.3 Voltage, 1-Speed Direct Drive
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 322 bhp (240 kW Total Combined System Power)
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 465 lb-ft (630 Nm Total Combined System Torque)

Performance

Top Speed 200 km/h (125 mph) Governed
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 6 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 22.5 kWh/100 kms. Overall, 86 MPGe (372–425 kilometer / 231–264 miles range)

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 6,290,000.00 (promotional price)
What's Great Unique, hugely entertaining, achingly desirable with incredible athleticism, cool ambient lighting treatments, ultra-sophisticated and luxurious. More affordable and significantly more spacious, with more range, comfort, and standard equipment than the Jaguar I-PACE.
What's Not So Not as quick as the Jaguar I-Pace in xDrive40 form, the 610 hp BMW iX M60 is the Sultan of the model range.
C! Editors Rating 10/10
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