Is the 2023 BMW iX M60 a good electric SUV? 5 pros and 4 cons
The 2023 BMW iX M60 is an electric-powered midsize luxury SUV. It’s positioned as an alternative to the Tesla Model
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Launched for the 2022 model year with the milder xDrive50 trim, the new 2022 iX M60 gets additional power, a standard adaptive air suspension, and larger wheels and tires. The result is the quick acceleration and precise handling that M buyers have come to expect, as well as relatively civilized driving.
The iX M60’s chunky styling and oversized grille are in keeping with BMW’s current and somewhat controversial design trend, but the blocky shape allows for a spacious and comfortable cabin. Like its aforementioned competitors, the iX also comes loaded with a technology-focused interior.
Mike Hanley, Cars.com’s senior road test editor, spent some time living with the iX in M60 form, and his full review can be found by clicking the link above; For a quicker look, read on for five things we like about the 2023 BMW iX M60 and four things we’re not happy about.
Things we love
1. Abundant power
With two electric motors driving all four wheels and 610 horsepower, the iX M60 goes in a big way, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in the manufacturer’s claimed 3.6 seconds. The nearly 5,800-pound SUV rides great with its immediate response, and there’s also plenty of power in reserve for merging and passing.
2. Well-tuned suspension
The standard adaptive air suspension provides an acceptable mix of lively control and ride comfort, isolating the cabin from most bumps and pavement irregularities despite the SUV’s large 22-inch wheels and low-profile tires. The steering is light but responsive, and the selection of drive modes allows the driver to adjust suspension, steering and accelerator response to his liking.
3. Unique and spacious interior design
The modern, clean cabin design incorporates premium materials and a high-quality appearance, while unique details include a hexagonal steering wheel and available clear control knobs that help set the M60 apart from the crowd. The optional leather upholstery is supple and rich-looking, and the front seats are large and comfortable with plenty of adjustment. The back seat is roomy enough for adults, and the flat floor makes the middle seat more comfortable.
4. Large screens
The dashboard is dominated by a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch infotainment touchscreen that flow together into a single curved surface. The look is clean and modern, and the central touchscreen offers an alternative to BMW’s traditional console-mounted knob controller. Either way, the system is easy to navigate, and wireless Apple CarPlay proves intuitive and intuitive to use.
5. Appropriate range
Depending on trim level and wheel size, the EPA estimates a range of 274 to 324 miles for the iX. The M60 tested falls at the lower end of this scale but still allows a reasonable range for road trips. BMW says the battery can go from 10% to 80% in less than 35 minutes when connected to a DC fast charger. We weren’t able to test that, but we were able to add 33 miles of range in one hour using a 48-amp Level 2 home charger.
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Things we don’t like
1. Limited offer
Visibility forward is generally good, but the same can’t be said for the view out back. The small rear and rear quarter windows make it difficult to see the rear during lane changes and parking maneuvers, although electronic aids like blind-spot warning help.
2. Shipping restrictions
With just 20.3 cubic feet of space behind the back seat, according to Cars.com’s cargo measurements, cargo space is on the tight side for a two-row midsize SUV. This is less space than what is offered on some Built-in The SUVs we measured.
3. Small doors
Luxury cars usually offer a satisfying feeling when you close the door, reaffirming that you’ve invested in a great and worthwhile trip. That’s not the case with the iX, which has frameless glass that produces a small rattle when the door is closed. The sound feels completely out of place in a car starting north of $87,000 (all prices include destination).
4. Admission cost
The 2023 iX M60 as tested carries a sticker price of $113,420, a relatively competitive number for the class. But a similarly equipped 2024 version is priced at $120,395, an increase of nearly $7,000 in one year.
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