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      03-08-2023, 12:04 PM   #1
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Hi I want to share my experience about owning iX 50 after 33.000 km and more than 80 charging sessions in half a year (yea, we did a lot of long trips together)!

Maybe this information will help someone, who own one, or for one, who is thinking about buying iX right now.

My story will be divided on a few chapters

Do not be hard on me, English is not my first language

Chapter one: coming for BMW X5 m50d

Well, long story short, I decided to buy an iX for several reasons:
First of all, at that moment, I thought that owning an ev (my first EV), will be very interesting experience.

And it is..
I have 17 (!) charging apps including plugshare app.

I was not afraid of that, because I am pretty young (30) and can solve charging situation pretty easy.
Well, I live in Europe, travel different countries and most of them have providers, who are not in one big charging network with one tariff.

Secondly, I was very lucky, because when it was time to sign documents on X5, accidentally my dealer received one more slot for iX 50. And I decides that is a very good sign.

But then after I put a deposit for ix, I went to porsche dealer to test drive taycan 4s gran turismo..

Less battery, space, more money for the same amount of options?
Taycan is screaming with sport. But you do not always need it.
iX won for me with its flexibility.
No design talks please. Yes, taycan is sexy.

our first day!



Chapter two: Travel differently

My iX does not have Connected drive features, so rather than going from point a to point b, with suggestions from navigation system, I am travelling from charge to charge by searching them throw the apps, which suits me and my route.
It is like this: you are coming for a charge and during that time, looking for second one on the way.
I don’t use better route planners, because they cant provide me perfect stops.
Be yourself, plan yourself.

For almost more than 80 charging sessions I was at trouble only 4 times (and even once receive a full free session (60 € for inconvenience)


Chapter three: how it drives?

Own: bmw 118, audi q5, c63, m3
Was lucky to try: mini jcw, g63, porsche cayenne, porsche macan, 911, amg gt, bmw gx5 formula 3 car, tesla model x.

So I have a pretty good background with even some karting racing experience (for 3 years).

ix is a very big car, it is pretty heavy. This things we hear from every car journalist!
Yes, it is, but I have to say, that BMW NAILED IT. Tesla model x drives like tesla

The amount of flexibility of iX surprises me every time I drive it.

It does not really matter, how fast you are going.
50, 130, 200 km/h. What settings you are using. What is your mood. (Like for me perfect setup
Is everything in sport except battery power)

If you are experienced driver, iX can put a smile on your face.

We experienced a lot of windy roads, autobahns.

Here is a short video:
https://player.vimeo.com/video/806037406

Comparing for x5. Full air suspension and rear wheel steering is a must for iX, because the difference in weight and choosing right speed in corners can make a big difference in driving experience.

Actually, rear wheel steering is mostly the reason it can compete with x5 m50d in long corners and not understeer.

The amount of feedback on steering wheel is pretty OK for me. For big, fat SAV, you do not need more. You still feel where your tires are and at the same time, it is not jumping from your hands.

Overall, It is not an m car, but closer than non m x5.
I haven’t driven an ix 60, but for that amount of difference in price, I do not think that it is worth it.
And I am afraid, that due to tuned suspension on m60 version, I will lose some of comfort beats.

Performance is fine, but do I really need to go faster than 200 km/h? Not quite sure. Even in Germany you will hit traffic pretty fast.

And yeah. iX 50 is the first car in which I made 28 hour trip without any sleep. So comfy!

And 4,6 seconds is enough for every possible scenario

Chapter four: consumption

Mathematically, running ev is still cost you at least twice less, than diesel/petrol car.

I am talking about 30 kw/100km amount from factory.

Here, the price on 1kw is about 0.55 €. Compare for petrol, which is about 1,88 € per 1 L.

On autobahns (150-200 km/h) iX use about 35-39 kw/100 km (13-14 L compare for bmw x5)

On village roads (90-120 km/h) - 21-24 kw/100 km. (i even saw 603 km once…)



Bur the main thing is just how you drive an EV.
iX changed my habits.
I roll a lot on kinetic energy and use b mode just in town (because I am lazy to use 2 pedals).

So, for example, when I was watching Bjorn reviews I was really surprised, why he drives his cars in 1000km challenge with b mode on?

According to my experience, if you want to go with less consumption of kw, just roll. Accelerations and breaking are the most stressful things for a battery, so the main goal is to reduce amount of them!

See a corner, think before the turn, how fast you have to go. If there is not enough speed, accelerate and then roll into the corner.

When “adaptive” breaking is kicking in, you can gently push on the throttle, than the car will go in the “middle” and will not use any of battery power.

Final

Is it worth to buy an iX? Compare to ice?
Well, it depends. When you need to be at point b as fast as you can, go oldschool ice. But I often do stops every 1h45minutes for 15-20 minutes.

Is it a good/quality car?
Yes, but like everything in our life, it can break. Like mine. My left door armrest heater died at 5.000 km.
Once iX just decided to break test me. When my car “saw” a dark cloud from exhaust of old car.
It can bring enough of fan to the table, when you need it.
Interior design is great, but trunk is pretty small for such a big car. But space for the second row and seats are pretty damn good.

Sporty enough. Do not except too much. But it drives and feels better on air suspension than x5 and base cayenne.
Lets say, iX has more limit of corner speeds, when you are follow the rule, that you have to be faster on the exit of the corner.
And the most important thing.
This thing drives and feels like BMW.

What I want to improve in ix?
- cupholders (their position right now really sucks). Designers who invented it? Have you ever try to take a cup of coffee at 190 km/h from them?��
- 800v for faster charging speeds around 270 kw and better charging curve. And solve the problem of throttling.
- Some of the interior materials. Surfaces which are located below steering wheel are feels and looks hard. For such amount of money it would be great to have something better. X5 and x7 interiors in terms of quality feels a little better. But overall design of ix interior is very nice! Feels like a living room on wheels.
- Round steering wheel? Still not sure about that. Good for aggressive driving by the way.
- Heating/cooling buttons for seats instead of fan and heating for windows
- Change the seat design (that hole in a headrest). I am 1,88 cm tall. No problem. This seats are fine, when you are sit like you should. But my passenger is not a driver, and when she put down the seat back her head just turns out in that hole (she is 1,73 cm). So now i have an enormous pillow for her



P.S. I like the design of ix.


And if you have any questions I will be happy to answer!

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      03-08-2023, 02:00 PM   #2
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Awesome review, Yorick123! Thank you for sharing your experience, my fellow Romanian!

I agree with almost all of your conclusions and take aways. I wish I could drive the iX 50 throughout Europe!

0.55Euro/kWh seems so expensive by Canadian (Alberta) prices. I pay 8.3 cents/kWh here in a 3 year locked rate. It's a solar club so in the summer when I produce more than I consume I have a 25.8 cents/kWh rate which I sell back to the grid for credit on the bill, and in the winter (Nov-Apr) I use the credit I built May-Oct at the 8.3 cents/kWh rate. It is basically free.
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Amazing review!

I actually started enjoying the iX because of nice written reviews like this.

When it launched, the design wasnít really my thing, but seeing it in those posts make it look like a very interesting car!

Better than Tesla.
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I like EVs

But there is nothing that suits my needs yet

And they cost a lot compared to ICE

One day....
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Hi Thanks for this
I am in the Uk, I have G05 50d , I am think of an iX 50
My interest is financial, good UK tax tax right down, and low benefit in kind tax bill run through business
But I need a decent range without stops
I have a 100-170 mile round trip to work, without charging time, I have a holiday place 263miles away it all about range.
Great review thanks and any advice please
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nice review, very in depth, thank you. Sounds like you are enjoying it.
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Fantastic review. Will undoubtedly help those considering iX.
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As an addendum, and as a lover as much as anyone of the lovely hum a finely tuned V8 makes at speed, at the current spend rate the world supply of crude oil will be gone by 2073. Completely gone. Out. By every competent analysis not funded by the oil industry. And sooner than that for setting on fire and burning to propel a vehicle. By that final decade, it will be more economical to take a couple of hundred pounds of $20 bills and light them up in your modified engine to get you down the road a mile or two. Most of the petrochemicals left will be used to make things we can't make with anything else, which encompasses quite a lot of modern technical equipment for casings, internal components and electronics. And for heating homes in the winter, which is nice. And then we will be out of those. Coal and natural gas will last a bit longer, but not on the order of centuries. And it takes a million years or so to make more, give or take, as far as we know.

So we can do a couple or three things. Prolong the supply by using less (which only prolongs the agony) or by using none (which does us no good because, well, no benefit). Or we can find alternative energy sources, which we already have, and are developing. But to be clear, it's not really a choice, and it has little to do with the environment. Electrical power has the advantage that it's portable (hard right now to run a vehicle with a nuclear reactor, except indirectly), and it can be generated from a variety of sources, including fossil fuels. But more importantly, from other, essentially eternal things, like sunlight, or wind, or gravity via falling water, or the mysterious action within an atom. And there well may be other, undiscovered energy sources. But make no mistake, if you are 20 years old, you will almost certainly be driving something powered by energy other than that generated by the compressed remnants of dinosaurs and prehistoric plants, within your lifetime, if you want to go faster than walking. Or riding a horse.
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Hi Thanks for this
I am in the Uk, I have G05 50d , I am think of an iX 50
My interest is financial, good UK tax tax right down, and low benefit in kind tax bill run through business
But I need a decent range without stops
I have a 100-170 mile round trip to work, without charging time, I have a holiday place 263miles away it all about range.
Great review thanks and any advice please
Thank you!
100-170 miles, no worries here. 50 version will do its job!
If you have an opportunity to charge your car at home or at your holiday place, feel free to get one.

263 miles
After some time you will understand the car and adjust your driving style for perfect range.

Speeds around 60-80 mph are perfect for this car.
Expect consumption around 21-24 kw/100 km

So 105 kw battery / 23 kw/100 km = 450 km (280 miles) of range
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I swear to god, every single time an iX-related post made it to the front page of this forum, EV haters follow.

There is freedom of speech, and there is basic social decency. I don't call someoneís car junk or box or a ďsoulless machineĒ in front of him, even though I may think that way. You keep it quiet because you are supposed to be civilized with basic respect and decency. No one is stopping you from making your point of view, just don't do it when someone is sharing their experiences and joy.

For example, when someone is showing off their baby, you don't go ahead and reply, ďI hate baby,Ē even if you think that way. Similarly, you are free to start a new thread to express your hatred towards EV but don't do it here.

And if you believe in free speech without consequence, you have another thing coming.

Back to the topic. OP, congratulations! I'm glad that you have been enjoying your ride! I daily my M60, and I must say this is one of the most impressive vehicles I have driven so far. The iX rides better than my 22 X5M Comp and is more efficient and fun to drive than my 22 Tesla Model X Plaid.
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Lol. I must say, that i ordered m3 touring to my ix.

I see an iX as travel car 🫢
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We have had my wifeís iX for around 6 months now, around 4K miles so far. The best thing is the ride quality on the couple of long road trips we did. Very relaxing and refined drive. The range is also excellent. I also like the interior design.

My wife says itís the vehicle she has enjoyed owned and driving the most. It is surprisingly agile and fast, given it doesnít look sporty.

As others have said, the storage isnít great.

To me it seems more like a mini van experience rather than an SUV. Horses for courses as they say. The iX isnít competing with the X5M but in terms of driving and handling it probably can hold itís own vs the rest of the X5 line. JMHO.
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Awesome review, Yorick123! Thank you for sharing your experience, my fellow Romanian!

I agree with almost all of your conclusions and take aways. I wish I could drive the iX 50 throughout Europe!

0.55Euro/kWh seems so expensive by Canadian (Alberta) prices. I pay 8.3 cents/kWh here in a 3 year locked rate. It's a solar club so in the summer when I produce more than I consume I have a 25.8 cents/kWh rate which I sell back to the grid for credit on the bill, and in the winter (Nov-Apr) I use the credit I built May-Oct at the 8.3 cents/kWh rate. It is basically free.
Thaaaank you!

I mean like 0,55 on dc chargers
Of course it will cost less with home charger.

But like i said, I travel a lot, so less home charging then public ac/dc
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Not my cup of tea. But enjoy to the fullest
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Thaaaank you!

I mean like 0,55 on dc chargers
Of course it will cost less with home charger.

But like i said, I travel a lot, so less home charging then public ac/dc
That makes sense now. Enjoy!
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I swear to god, every single time an iX-related post made it to the front page of this forum, EV haters follow.
Same story, different platform.

3, 5, 7 complained about the X5 when it came out. It was the end of days. What was BMW thinking?

Convertibles aren't real sports cars, too much body flex

Normally aspirated cars vs turbo circa 2005-ish

Moving from I-6 engines to V8 engines. Oh, the weight gain!

blah, blah, blah...

Haters will hate and people don't like change. There are plenty of horses out there that never need an oil change.

Personally, I'm a car guy.
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Same story, different platform.

3, 5, 7 complained about the X5 when it came out. It was the end of days. What was BMW thinking?

Convertibles aren't real sports cars, too much body flex

Normally aspirated cars vs turbo circa 2005-ish

Moving from I-6 engines to V8 engines. Oh, the weight gain!

blah, blah, blah...

Haters will hate and people don't like change. There are plenty of horses out there that never need an oil change.

Personally, I'm a car guy.
I cannot control my laugh when I see ďhorses that do not require oil changes.Ē

Iím glad that the admin deletes all the rude replies. It looks like Iím not the only one who finds them offensive. People have opinions, and that's perfectly fine. I just wish these opinions could be expressed and exchanged in a professional way, but I guess that's a high requirement for some.

I used to be anti-EV, but the evolving technologies have convinced me that the pros outweigh the cons, especially now. To me, the spooling sounds from powerful E motors are equally addictive as the sounds of V8s.

Let's enjoy our cars, that's the essential part.

Cheers.
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We all have different reasons to buy a car. Just annoys me there are people who believe there is only one correct path.

I bought the iX for the ride, interior comfort, and tech. I'm still enjoying it after 2800 miles. Makes my hour commute a lot more relaxing.
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Iíve had 21k miles on my iX over 7 months. Iíve done a ton of road-trips from 600-4700 miles long in temperatures from -25F to 122F.

Iím neither pro or anti-EV as a BMW enthusiast for 20+ years, so I hope I can be objective. In addition to the iX, I also currently have a G30 M550i, F15 X5 50i. Iíve had F12, F30, E60, etc so Iím definitely a petrolhead. I do love my TTV8 N63/N63tu/N63tu3. I also had the 2015 i3 BEV and 2018 i3s REX before the iX, so Iíve had EVs for 6+ years before this. Disclaimer: I do hate Teslas with a burning passion.

My feelings are very mixed with the iX. Coming from the F15 X5 (N63tu) as my daily for 6 years, here are my thoughts:

Pros:

1. Acceleration: The smooth, instant EV acceleration without any turbo lag is very addictive, especially in the iX which is very composed no matter how hard you mash the accelerator. I go back to driving the X5 and the turbo lag I put up with so many years is magnified and I end up hating the lag.

2. Cost of fuel: I drive 30k-40k miles a year, which would cost me $9k ish/year in fuel @ 18mpg and $5.00/gal (91 Oct in CA). I get 2 years free charging with EA (which sucks) but itís still free. Iíve done ALL of the charging on my 21k miles on public chargers and havenít paid more than $20 in the USA (if Iím a couple min over the 30 min limit free EA). After the 2 years I can charge at home which costs about $15 per 100kWh or about 260 miles.

3. Maintenance: Itís basically zero. No oil changes, no brake changes (because of regen, but brake fluid every 2-3 years sure), and no weird ICE type issues. You go through more tires, but if youíre good with that kind of thing and have multiple sets for diff seasons and what not, itís not expensive.

4. Driver Assist Tech: They have this on the latest ICE, but it seems more well-integrated on the iX than on other platforms. I had a i4 M50 loaner (based off the G26 chassis) and the lane keep assist wasnít as good as on the iX.

Cons:

1. Trunk Space: I need something X5/X7 sized. Thereís nothing on the market short of EQS SUV in this class. I had to pre-order this in July 2021 13 months before I actually got it, without actually being able to see a real production version, and the trunk pisses me off every day. Itís narrow and not very ďusableĒ for road trips, golf, and snowboard trips as there arenít cutouts on the sides like X5 and sedans where I can fit a set of clubs horizontally. The sloping trunk lid also cuts off anything long and square you might want to put back there. Itís more in line with the trunk space of X3/X6.

2. Tech: iDrive8 SUCKS if you like to code VIM and play stuff off USB like in ID6/ID7. For us BMW enthusiasts who like to code/mod, this is most disheartening. Ton of other issues/complaints in the iX forum you guys can see.

3. Charging Infrastructure: I hate to admit this to the anti-EV crowd, but Electrify America SUCKS. I know itís free, so I canít complain for that reason. It used to be ok during the chip shortage when people couldnít get their cars, but now there are lines of ID.4/Ioniq5/EV6 waiting to charge on the 2-4 working chargers out of 4-6 stations at 50-100kW on 150kW chargers. The 350kW chargers along the 5, 15, and 10 are YMMV and also often slow/broken/packed.

4. Interior/Seats: The seats SUCK in the iX with no bolsters or thigh extensions with a crappy headrest design. I drove 12 hours to SLC from LA 2 weekends ago and my lower back locked up so bad I couldnít even snowboard the first day when I got there. Iím coming from the 18-way non-M multi-contour seats in my F15 50i and Iím still super comfy when I drive the X5 way more than the iX.

5. Cupholders: Seriously BMW? Self-explanatory.

6. Rear deck lid design: I would rather have the stowable/retractable sliding design like in other X-series. I gotta take out both lids when I have to put anything somewhat big in the trunk and itís annoying.

There are many more complaints, but I will deal with it until the iX7 comes out in 3-4 years.

The number one question here though is: Do I miss the V8 sound? Not really. Itís nice to have an ICE as a ďfunĒ car (planning on getting M2 6MT in the future as the fun car) but as a daily, Iím all in for EVs.

As a TRIP car, well honestly I would rather have a 40e/45e/40i version of the X7 so I can get max range and not have to stop every 120-150 miles to charge. If only gas wasnít so expensiveÖbut I will deal with the charging stops as long as EA is free.

To each their own. There are no right or wrong answers to this ICE/EV debate. Everyone has different driving habits in different areas in the world with different charging infrastructures and different gas prices. And yes, Americans love the (real) exhaust note.

I was in Singapore last year and saw the equivalent of $12/gallon for premium gas. At that cost, how many ICE die-hards would still be flooring their V8ís?
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I am going to try and get my dealer to give me a loaner for 3-4 days, I will keep you informed
I have to confess I am a petrol head ( well actually diesel) but I think I just got to try and fit this fabulous car into my life, I think the colour is key so pictures of different colours would be great.
Energy cost are key here, so I will be interested if I get to loan one what it will look like. Or a cheap wind turbine.
Your advice has been great, with clear practical examples, the UK is behind the curve but trying to come up to speed and I suspect will be a improving situation.
I understand a number of things
1. Condition battery whilst connected to power source, plan journey!
2. Be realistic on the cars range.
3. Weather effects the car range

One final question on idrive 8, will this effectively be discontinued for 8.5 9 etc??
So how will that effect iX

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      03-13-2023, 05:59 PM   #21
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I am going to try and get my dealer to give me a loaner for 3-4 days, I will keep you informed
I have to confess I am a petrol head ( well actually diesel) but I think I just got to try and fit this fabulous car into my life, I think the colour is key so pictures of different colours would be great.
Energy cost are key here, so I will be interested if I get to loan one what it will look like. Or a cheap wind turbine.
Your advice has been great, with clear practical examples, the UK is behind the curve but trying to come up to speed and I suspect will be a improving situation.
I understand a number of things
1. Condition battery whilst connected to power source, plan journey!
2. Be realistic on the cars range.
3. Weather effects the car range

One final question on idrive 8, will this effectively be discontinued for 8.5 9 etc??
So how will that effect iX

Sorry for long post
Go with darker colours
It doesnt matter which i drive it will use, better to have manual turn on of the battery pre-conditioning

And take 22kw charging (it is an option in UK)

Weather effects the range for sure, 10-15% more, when it is really cold (-16,-20 for example)
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      03-13-2023, 06:46 PM   #22
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To this day, the ICE via hydrocarbons is STILL the most efficient mode of transportation from start to finish. Talk to me when you can refuel my iM550 in the same amount of time, and with the same amount of effort. This entire electric thing is stripping so much from the experience, and the experience is where BMW shines.
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