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BMW iX3 verdict

2021 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 53.9

Written by Keith Adams Published: 6 September 2021 Updated: 17 March 2023

Should you buy one?

Look beyond that high list price, and the BMW iX3 is a seriously capable electric SUV. It packs a decent range that beats the Volvo XC40 Recharge and Mercedes-Benz EQA, but lags behind the Tesla Model Y and longest-range versions of the Audi Q4 E-Tron. It also packs quite a performance punch. But it’s not just about numbers with a BMW, and it never has been. The good news is that the iX3 is efficient and dynamically up to scratch – but also supremely well-finished inside, and capable of delivering a genuinely luxurious ride.

So what exactly is it that enables this car to eclipse its premium rivals? For us, four assets stand out proud: excellent handling with precise and well-weighted steering, a relatively long real-world range, and the low running and taxation costs that come with an electric car. Yes, you’re going to have to pay handsomely for it, but the iX3’s lower running costs and depreciation will certainly alleviate that early financial hit.

What we like

It drives and steers like a BMW, and feels far less heavy-footed than its electric rivals. The familiarity of the X3’s cabin will help drivers making the switch to electric drive feel at home.

What we don’t like

The initial cost and almost apologetic styling. The iX3 is good if you’re conservative, but less so if you want to make a statement with your electric car. Boot space is also a little behind the X3, thanks to the space taken up by the rear-mounted electric motor under the floor.

BMW iX3 (2021) rear view
BMW iX3 (2021) rear view