2022 BMW iX3 review

  • Doors and Seats


    5 doors, 5 seats

  • Engine


    Electro Magnetic, LI

  • Engine Power


    210kW, 400Nm

  • Fuel


    40h 0m chg, 440km range

  • Manufacturer



  • Transmission


    1 Spd Auto

  • Warranty


    3 Yr, Unltd KMs

  • Ancap Safety




Want to make your transition from petrol to electric a very familiar one? As a BMW X3 owner himself, James finds the electric iX3 so similar, it even smells the same

  • Moving from X3 to iX3 couldn’t be easier
  • A recent high point for BMW interior form and function
  • Decent range and performance

  • Does it really need that goofy grille?
  • $25K more than a petrol-powered X3 30i
  • Not as dynamic to drive as petrol X3 variants

2022 BMW iX3 review-0

We all know the ad jingle: “I just want milk that tastes like regular milk.”

The same consideration stands for electric car buyers, many of whom are looking for an electric car which is just like the regular car they have now. Conveniently, if that regular car is a G01 series BMW X3, then BMW has a solution for you.

The 2022 BMW iX3 is, as the name suggests, an X3 that has been given the electric ‘i’ treatment. It’s a road similar to that taken by the Mercedes-Benz EQC and Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric, where owners of the petrol version (GLC and petrol XC40 respectively) can step across to the EV without having to relearn the car.

Priced from $114,900, the iX3 sits $4000 under the performance oriented X3 M40i, and $10,000 above the X3 40e plug-in hybrid.

Offering a 73.8kWh battery pack with a 460km WLTP claimed range, the iX3 uses a 210kW/400Nm electric motor to drive the rear wheels only. It can recharge up to 150kW/h meaning you can add up to 80 per cent charge in around 32 minutes on a DC fast-charger.

It’s well specified, with all paint choices, interior stitching selection, and naff blue ‘look at me I’m an electric car’ external trim accents all no-cost options. You can add the personalisation of a $2000 Shadow Package, or $2000 Laserlight headlamps, but the standard LED units are good and the car looks sharp enough in standard trim.

That is, except for the grille.

I get it. Electric cars need to be as aerodynamic as possible, but why not just blank off the vanes behind the standard X3 kidneys rather than adding the goody walrus nose to the front of the car?

Toyota has taught us that buyers will gorge on a hybrid that looks the same as a petrol car far more than they will buy a unique looking model. Team Europe could take note.

That aside, our car in the excellent Carbon Black (dark blue) with smart 20-inch wheels looks great. The updated X3’s taillights are still growing on me, but from most angles the car could be easily mistaken for my (recently sold) personal G01 X3 30i.

It looks basically the same. The key is the same. The layout and equipment is nearly identical. It even smells just like my X3. And that’s a good thing!

Key details 2022 BMW iX3
Price (MSRP) $114,900
Colour of test car Carbon Black
Options None
Price as tested $114,900 plus on-road costs

$123,887 drive-away (Victoria)
Rivals Audi e-tron | Jaguar i-Pace | Mercedes-Benz EQC

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Specification is high in the electric car, with a stitched dash top, partial leather seats (heated in the front), Harman Kardon sound system, tri-zone climate control and even a panoramic roof as standard.

Like the outside, you have only the most minor of hints that the iX3 is different to any other X3, with the start-stop button and gearlever embellished with a blue highlight. Blue of course, being the official colour of green BMWs.

The front layout is comfortable and ergonomic, with convenient storage in the arm rest and in front of the shifter. I’m pleased to say that the roll-top cover which conceals the wireless phone charge pad when not in use is sticky and occasionally hard to open, just like it was in my car. Take the feedback BMW, and fix this before people break them.

The interior ambient lighting system is standard, which includes the ‘welcome mat’ puddle lamps too.

Rear passengers have good space, with reclining seats, USB-C ports and digital temperature controls, and the 510-litre boot is only marginally smaller than in the non-electric X3 (550 litres) and still has 40:20:40 split-folding seats (with remote fold function). There’s a cavity under the floor to store your charging cables too.

2022 BMW iX3
Seats Five
Boot volume 510L seats up

1560L seats folded
Length 4734mm
Width 1891mm
Height 1668mm
Wheelbase 2864mm

Infotainment and Connectivity

A new 12.3-inch widescreen touch display paired with a 12.3-inch instrument cluster start the high-tech conversation in the BMW iX3.

Running the new BMW OS8 software, the system feels well integrated into the car, but is perhaps the only place where previous X3 owners will need to learn a new environment. It is different to the older iDrive and OS7 implementations, and a touch less intuitive, but once you’ve spent some time with it you start to understand where everything is and how it works.

Thankfully, the numbered preset buttons are still present, and can be programmed to operate any shortcut the system offers.

The car includes BMW Connect telematics software so you can link your phone to the car for remote functionality and communication. For the electric car, this includes charging monitoring as well.

The downside being that you NEED that BMW Connect account to be logged into the OS8 system in the car for everything to work properly. It’s not a big deal and should be done at handover when you take delivery of the new car at the dealership, but where in the past you could use this if you wanted to, you now NEED to use it to get the full functionality of the car.

There are some good features here, like an integration with your phone’s diary which will use the car’s understanding of live traffic situations to advise you when to leave in order to make it to your appointment on time.

Some of the other functions, like weather reports and a GPS-based trigger that will automatically lower the window when you enter a specific geofenced location, are fun… but not all that handy.

The upside of needing the BMW Connect login is if you own or drive multiple BMWs, even if one is a service loan car for example, all your settings move with you.

Wireless Apple CarPlay is included, but still not entirely reliable to use or connect. The native system is arguable better though, so this is a minor concern.

All that said, when you’re on the move, the sound system is good, the charging pad is in a convenient spot, and the screen is crisp, bright and easy to read.

Tested in 2017, the G01 X3 is rated five stars by ANCAP, with a note that the rating doesn’t include the hybrid X3 30e.

It’s also worth pointing out that ANCAP’s safety protocols were not as tough or comprehensive as cars tested from 2018 – or indeed after 2020’s further testing upgrades.

But, even though the iX3 was not on sale in 2017, more recent frontal offset tests and oblique pole tests means the 2017 five star rating does apply to the iX3.

The BMW X3 scored 93 per cent for adult occupant protection, 84 per cent for child occupant protection, 70 per cent for pedestrian protection and a not exactly impressive 58 per cent for safety assist systems.  If you’d like to know more about the results, follow the link in the table below.

In tune with other specification levels, the iX3 includes the full suite of BMW driver assistance and safety technology, which all works well on the move.

While the iX3 may be the second-most expensive model in the X3 line-up, the way BMW has dealt with the high equipment levels and low option choices makes it a lot easier to swallow in terms of positioning.

The car is around $10,000 more affordable than the entry level Mercedes-Benz EQC ($124,300), and about $25,000 under the Audi e-tron range starting point ($139,900), albeit for cars with all-wheel drive and more power (300kW in the Mercedes and 250kW in the Audi e-tron 50).

We know that an EV will ask a premium over a petrol counterpart, but even then the iX3 feels reasonably priced for where it sits in the BMW range.

Will you recoup the $25,000 jump over an X3 30i? Even with the approximate $15,000 worth of extra equipment on the iX3 (making the gap a more palatable $10,000), you’ve got to make the choice for electric based on preference and desire rather than a way to offset petrol use.

That $10k spent on fuel, even at $2.50 per litre, is enough for 50,000km of driving. It’s not something you’ll ever recover based on electric driving alone.

That said, iX3 buyers score a five-year Chargefox subscription, which means you can juice up the iX3 for free on the Chargefox network. With rising energy prices across the board, this is a perk we’d expect to slowly vanish from EV packages, so get it while you can!

Service packages for both four ($1200) and six years ($1650) can be rolled into your purchase too. There are no pre-defined service intervals as there are with petrol and diesel-powered cars. Instead, the iX3 monitors internal components and notifies the owner when servicing is needed.

At a glance 2022 BMW iX3
Warranty Three years / unlimited km
Service intervals Condition-based servicing
Servicing costs $1200 (4 years), $1650 (6 years)

The 210kW electric motor, with a maximum 400Nm torque, makes the iX3 swift and pleasant enough to drive around town. It’s not as entertaining as the M40i, but it really is enough power and performance for a car of this ilk.

You can engage Sport Mode to get some Jetson-esque noises and get a bit more off-the line pace from the car (BMW claims 0-100km/h in 6.8sec), but I’d suggest most drivers won’t use this. In an urban environment the car works just fine in its regular setting.

It is very easy and familiar to drive, especially compared to other X3 models.

Ride quality is good, despite the car’s added weight (2180kg vs 1768kg in the X3 30i), although not as pillowy as the air-sprung iX.

You notice the weight the most when braking, where the car seems to sink and wobble a little bit, but compliance is good, it settles well after bumps, and generally feels just like any other X3 to potter around int.

Charging can be performed at up to 150kW at a DC fast charger or 11kW on a wallbox at home. The unit can be purchased from BMW for around $2000, but installation is extra and depends on your specific setup.

Key details 2022 BMW iX3
Engine Single electric motor
Power 210kW
Torque 400Nm
Drive type Rear-wheel drive
Transmission Single-speed gearbox
Power to weight ratio 96kW/t
Weight 2180kg
Tow rating 750kg braked, 750kg unbraked
Turning circle 12.1m

In terms of what this is, the summary couldn’t be easier.

If you want an electric car just like your BMW X3, then buy a BMW iX3. It looks, feels, drives and even smells mostly the same, and for that reason makes an excellent stepping-stone toward a petrol-free future.

The BMW iX3 may not be the rolling concept car that the bigger iX is, and the added weight means it has lost some of the lithe dynamism of the regular X3, but it is still a good, premium SUV, especially in an urban environment.

So, if you want an electric BMW SUV that’s just like the BMW SUV you have now, this could be the car for you.

2022 BMW iX3 review-0

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James has been part of the digital publishing landscape in Australia since 2002 and has worked within the automotive industry since 2007. He joined CarAdvice in 2013, left in 2017 to work with BMW and then returned at the end of 2019 to spearhead the content direction of Drive.

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