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2022 BMW iX xDrive40i Sport Review: i Multiplied

Derryn Wong
14/03/2022

Page 1: Why the BMW iX does electric motoring differently

Driving Experience : Go far it

2022 BMW iX review - CarBuyer Singapore - driving on the road

The iX is easy to drive thanks to a tall seating position, wide-open view, thin A-pillars, and outboard side mirrors. So while the iX is a large SUV, it doesn’t feel big on the road, and even better, navigating tight spaces with tall kerbs is not a nerve-wracking experience like it is in the low-slung and very wide Taycan.

Reinforcing the lounge ambience of the cockpit is the sheer quietness of the car. It’s an extremely refined machine, even more so if you turn off BMW’s Zimmer-concocted soundtrack for the car. In an urban environment, the loudest sounds you will hear are the whirr of the steering wheel, or the shadow of a HGV’s unsightly diesel roar if it’s next to you.

It is a little stiffly sprung – normal for an EV – but there’s no harshness when it crests road bumps or ruts. Pair that with the ease of the drive, and you have a car that even Rolls-Royce’s engineers might admit to learning something from. 

2022 BMW iX review - CarBuyer Singapore - wheel 21 inch

Overall, the car’s dynamics are excellent – it is a BMW in this respect – with tidy, sporty handling handing over no slack or excess weight to the driver. It’s a heavy car, as all EVs are, but doesn’t feel it, nor intimidating to drive. Summon up the 326hp/630Nm and the car gets going fast – even quicker in Sport mode. 

BMW’s Driving Experience Control’s mode switch is a victim of the war on buttons – it’s now become a singular ‘My Modes’ button on the wooden console panel, which brings up the three modes – Personal, Sport, and Efficient – on the screen. 

2022 BMW iX review - CarBuyer Singapore - BMW badge, grille

All of that is impressive enough, but we can add another key plus to the iX’s list: It’s very, very efficient. We know that BMW’s fifth-gen electric drive tech is in our drive of the iX3, but we were very impressed that the iX was able to score sub-17kWh/100km without too much effort.

That was over almost 200km, with largely smooth, steady work, but also inefficient photo shoots and some dynamic driving thrown in. Given that score, the iX could easily top 400km on a single charge, which is more than enough for even higher-mileage drivers here. 

Conclusion : X times 

2022 BMW iX review - CarBuyer Singapore - rear view

As a large, fully-electric SUV, the iX doesn’t have any direction competition on the market. There’s ostensibly the Tesla Model X, but the official model hasn’t gone on sale, while cars like the Mercedes-EQ EQC and Audi E-Tron are a size down. They also feel like ‘current’ cars with electric drivetrains, whereas the iX feels like something else altogether.

The takeaway is here that the iX might be a tech flagship, but it’s a thoroughly useful, liveable car day-in, day-out. The parallels we can draw with the i3 are very clear, but it’s far more luxurious, even more technologically-able, and it can go more than twice as far as its ancestor despite being much larger and heavier.

Eight years ago, BMW proved that a practical and cool EV experience was possible with the i3. With the SUV bodystyle, a luxurious but also practical daily experience, and a drive that’s not just enjoyable, but appropriately efficient too, the iX deserves the success the i3 never had in Singapore. 

2022 BMW iX review - CarBuyer Singapore - nameplate

BMW iX xDrive40i Sport

Drivetrain Full electric 
Electric motor / layoutDual / Front – Rear 
Motor power / torque326hp / 630Nm 
Battery type /net capacity Lithium ion, 71kWh
Normal Charge Type / Time7.3kW AC wallbox / 10 hours
Max Fast Charge Type / Time150kW DC / 31 minutes to 10 to 80 percent
Electric Range 282km average 
0-100km/h6.1 seconds
Top Speed200km/h
Efficiency25.1 kWh/100km
VES Band A2/ -S$15,000
AgentPerformance Motors Limited 
PriceS$411,888 with COE and VES**
Availability Now
Verdict Luxurious, super refined, quirky, and very efficient – the iX is the brand’s new flavour of luxury motoring for the next lap,

*Range and efficiency from official LTA homologation figures
**Last listed price in February 2022 before 2022’s ARF increase 

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About the Author

Derryn Wong

CarBuyer's chief editor brings 15 years of experience in automotive journalism, previously being the editor of Top Gear Singapore, a presenter for CNA, contributed to The Business Times, Today, and many other publications, and also covered technology as editor of Stuff magazine. An avid motorcyclist and photographer, he is the Chief Slave of two cats. Follow him on Instagram @werryndong

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