2021 BMW iX3: pricing, range, performance and specification

BMW’s first all-electric SUV will go up against the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron when it lands in the UK in 2021.

James Allen
Oct 28, 2020

Since 2013, BMW’s only fully-electric car has been the quirky i3 hatchback. That won’t be the case for much longer, though - a huge array of electric BMWs are on the horizon, and the first from that batch will be the iX3 - an electric version of the X3 SUV.

On paper, the BMW iX3 holds its ground against its chief rivals from Audi, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz. The claimed range of 279 miles per charge is par for the course for electric SUVs of this size, and the iX3’s 286hp and 400Nm means it has more than enough performance on offer for day-to-day driving duties.

As its name suggests, the iX3 is also very similar inside and out to the conventionally-powered BMW X3. There’s little to split the two versions in the styling stakes (though the iX3 does have subtle distinguishing details like the blue accents around the closed-off front grille) and, apart from a slight reduction in boot space, the iX3 is just as practical as the regular X3.

Prices for the BMW iX3 will start from £61,900 - compared with a starting price of around £42,000 for the standard X3 - and it’s now available to order ahead of deliveries beginning in summer 2021.

Quick facts

  • Claimed range of up to 279 miles
  • Compatible with 150kW charging points
  • Electric motor produces 286hp and 400Nm
  • Practicality on par with regular BMW X3
  • Priced from £61,900
  • Deliveries start in summer 2021

2021 BMW iX3 range and charging

Many electric SUVs are now capable of covering fairly long distances on a single charge, and the BMW iX3 is (on paper, at least) is no exception. BMW reckons the car can cover 279 miles between charges, which should mean that most owners should be able to cover all but the longest road trips without having to worry about plugging the iX3 into a charging point.

The range is also fairly good for an electric SUV of this size - while the iX3 can’t match the Jaguar I-Pace’s claimed range of 292 miles, it is ahead of other rivals like the Audi e-tron (up to 247 miles) and the Mercedes-Benz EQC (up to 259 miles).

As the iX3 is compatible with powerful 150kW charging points, you can very quickly recharge the batteries if you plug the car into one. According to BMW, it will take around 34 minutes to recharge the batteries up to 80% (the equivalent of around 223 miles of range) with such a high-speed charger.

Charging speeds for less potent charging points haven’t been confirmed yet, though the iX3 can accept up to 11kW if you have a powerful-enough wallbox unit at home. This means that overnight charging at home should be a realistic prospect, though expect this to take a number of hours.

2021 BMW iX3 performance

Unlike many electric SUVs, the BMW iX3 isn’t all-wheel drive: instead, it’s powered by a single electric motor that drives the rear wheels. That means the iX3 doesn’t have the outright punch of dual motor rivals like the 400hp Jaguar I-Pace – though, with 286hp and 400Nm of torque on tap, it does have similar levels of power to a mid-range diesel BMW X3, so it's suitably speedy for most drivers.

Performance is broadly in line with a mid-range petrol and diesel-powered X3, too, as BMW claims the iX3 can accelerate to 62mph from a standstill in 6.8 seconds. Plus, while the iX3 is a lot slower in terms of top speed than a conventionally-powered X3, the 112mph top speed means the car is more than fast enough for the public road - provided you don't intend to visit Germany too often and blast along the autobahns.

2021 BMW iX3 specification and in-car tech

While there’s no word yet on whether other trims will be added over time, BMW has confirmed the iX3 will be available in two flavours at launch: a ‘Premier Edition’ spec, and a higher grade ‘Premier Pro Edition’ trim with some more equipment and features.

Full specifications will be revealed closer to launch, though BMW does say both trims for the iX3 will come as standard with electrically-adjustable and heated front seats, adaptive cruise control and a 10.3-inch touchscreen media system with built-in sat-nav and smartphone connectivity.

The Premier Pro spec is broadly the same, though it does have some extra features like a Harman Kardon sound system and a head-up display unit that projects info such as the car’s speed onto the windscreen, so you don't have to take your eyes away from the road when driving.

Because the batteries have been installed in the floor of the car, BMW says the iX3 is just as practical as the petrol and diesel-powered versions, with interior space is claimed to be on par with the conventional X3. There has been a slight hit with luggage volume, though: at 510 litres with the rear seats up and 1,560 with them down, the iX3’s boot space is 40 litres down on the standard X3. These are still pretty decent figures, though, so this is still a practical prospect for most drivers.

2021 BMW iX3 prices and release date

BMW is taking orders for the new iX3, though prospective owners will need to wait a while for their car to arrive, as UK deliveries aren’t scheduled to begin until summer 2021.

The iX3 will also cost about the same as its rivals from Audi, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz: prices start at £61,900 for the Premier Edition trim, and rise to £64,900 for the range-topping Premier Edition Pro spec. Because of its high starting price, the battery-powered BMW isn’t eligible for the government’s £3,000 plug-in car grant discount.

 

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