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 oddments, while the sizable wireless smartphone charging pad is handily placed 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 2,230 wide, making it a touch bigger overall than its X5 combustion-engined sibling. Interestingly, while the mid-size BMW iX3 is a smaller car all-round, it actually has a bigger boot at 510 litres.
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 Audi e-tron has a more family-friendly 660 litres, although if you fold the rear seats you can unlock a more practical 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 version is the better option as it’s rated to tow up to 2,500kg.