BMW iX review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Passengers in the iX will be supremely comfortable, although luggage space is a bit tighter than you might think
As well as feeling suitably luxurious, the BMW iX is also a practical family SUV. There is plenty of interior space with big door bins to store any odds and ends, while the sizable wireless smartphone charging pad is handily located below the iDrive controller making it easy to access – unlike with some other manufacturers who tuck the pad behind the centre console.
The cabin is a comfortable place in which to spend time, too, with standard kit including four-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats and USB ports located in the front and rear. BMW’s Parking Assistant function is also included for all models, with the system being able to identify a suitable parking space and then take control to park your car automatically – a real boon for those not keen on parallel parking or navigating tight public car parks.
The iX is a large SUV measuring 4,953mm long and 2,230mm wide, making it a touch bigger overall than a BMW X5. Interestingly, while the mid-size BMW iX3 is a smaller car all-round, it actually has a bigger boot.
Leg room, head room and passenger space
Passengers in the iX will benefit from the EV’s excellent interior space, with plenty of knee room in the front and rear of the cabin. Being a bespoke all-electric car, the iX doesn’t have to accommodate a bulky transmission tunnel, which means the floor is completely flat and particularly benefits those in the rear seats.
While the iX’s 500-litre boot is a reasonable size, it’s by no means class-leading. The Mercedes EQE SUV offers 520 litres of boot space, while the Audi Q8 e-tron has a more family-friendly 569 litres. As we mentioned, even mid-size electric SUVs like BMW's own iX3 and the Tesla Model Y boast more luggage capacity than the flagship iX – 510 and 854 litres, respectively – although if you fold down the rear seats in the iX you can unlock a whopping 1,750 litres.
The maximum braked trailer towing capacity for the xDrive40 model is 2,100kg, although if you need to hitch up a bigger caravan, you may find that the xDrive50 or high-performance M60 versions are the better option as they're rated to tow up to 2,500kg.
In this review
- 1BMW iX reviewRemarkably capable in almost every area, the BMW iX is expensive to buy, but is a deeply impressive all-electric family SUV
- 2Electric motor, drive and performanceA surprisingly accomplished drive, the BMW iX is hard to fault on the road
- 3Range, charging and running costsIf you can afford to buy and insure it, the iX will reward you with fabulously low running costs
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe iX’s exterior design may put some off, but the interior quality and tech certainly have the wow factor
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingPassengers in the iX will be supremely comfortable, although luggage space is a bit tighter than you might think
- 6Reliability and safetyWith excellent safety credentials, along with a solid warranty and flexible servicing packages, the BMW iX should inspire confidence