BMW iX1 Review & Prices
The BMW iX1 is a small family EV but is more than practical enough for most. It’s on the expensive end of the market though, and can be tricky to use at times
Find out more about the BMW iX1
The BMW iX1 is the German brand’s all-electric version of the ever-popular X1 SUV, and is built on the same platform as the latest X1. Coming with the latest battery technology, the iX1 takes inspiration from the bulkier BMW iX flagship, while being a more compact family option. It’s like getting the latest phone that’s one step down from the most advanced version.
Coming with the same exterior design as the latest X1, there’s some blue tweaks alongside the kidney grille and angular headlights to mark out the electric version. Sportier models also come with a more aggressive design. You get angular rear lights too with a 3D effect, while you get a large rear window and sporty elements, such as the roof spoiler and low-end diffuser.
Inside, there’s a lot less fuss than before, with fewer buttons cluttering the cabin – although that does mean you get fiddly infotainment and climate controls with too many switches removed. There’s also no iDrive control dial, which means you have to do all major functions through the touchscreen. The design is pleasing on the whole though, with soft materials used up high and on all the main touchpoints.
In the back there’s a decent amount of space, with good amounts of head and knee room. Although quality on the whole is good, it takes a step down from the front part of the cabin. That being said, it still feels like a top product.
Practicality-wise, the iX1 also holds its own, with an impressive 490-litre boot – only 10 litres less than the flagship iX. That being said, the boot is marginally smaller than that of the Audi Q4 e-tron – 520 litres – yet larger than the Volvo XC40 Recharge’s 452 litres.
With iX-style driving dynamics, the iX1 is well-balanced and has a premium feel. xLine has more than enough equipment for everything you need
The iX1 comes with just one battery option – a 65kWh powering two electric motors, with one mounted on each axle for all-wheel drive. That means a combined 313hp is at your disposal, and you get an official range of up to 270 miles. The M Sport has a slightly reduced max range of 267 miles.
When you’re driving it, it’s odd how much the iX1 feels like driving the much larger iX. The overall experience is refined and quiet, with little disruption from the outside world in terms of noise. It’s comfortable while cruising, but weighing over two tonnes means some bumps through the suspension.
Around town is where the iX1 majors, as it is super quiet and with great visibility all round, you shouldn’t get caught out. The steering is light for easy manoeuvring, while it also doesn’t feel too big. The B recovery drive mode doesn’t provide full one-pedal drive though.
Twistier roads do show the weight again, with some lean through the bends if you’re going at higher speeds. But the steering, although lacking feel, is direct and you have plenty of grip.
In the prototype form we’ve been able to drive so far, the iX1 is already a convincing electric SUV. It feels remarkably composed and capable, and should be the benchmark if you’re in the market for an electric family SUV. It’s a shame that it’s rather expensive though. Check back soon for a full in-depth review.
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The BMW iX1 has a RRP range of £46,205 to £60,645. However, with carwow you can save on average £4,739. Prices start at £42,128 if paying cash. Monthly payments start at £481. The price of a used BMW iX1 on carwow starts at £42,490.
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