In many ways, BMW has built its reputation on rear-wheel drive cars. Preferably combined with powerful engines.
So perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised when they now launch their first electric SUV – and it only comes with rear-wheel drive.
Namely, it does. The iX3 does not come with BMW’s well-known xDrive all-wheel drive.
That’s exactly what becomes a challenge in Norway. Norwegian car buyers love four-wheel drive.
In Germany, however, BMW customers indicated that four-wheel drive was not that important. They were more concerned with good space, design and good handling. Hmmm …
And this with 4×4 isn’t the only thing that makes us a bit cranky with German BMW customers …
(NB: Video test of the car at the top of this article – photo series at the bottom of the article)
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Frunk? No thank you!
They were also asked about the weight of the trailer and about frunk. Frunk, in case you’re wondering, is a small trunk in the front. Handy for storing charging cables, among other things.
Herr und Frau Schmidt’s answer was that it wasn’t that important either. They thought the trunk was preserved – and that he wasn’t too careful with the trailer’s capacity.
Because BMW listens to its customers, they have approved the iX3 to pull up to 750 pounds. Many of the iX3’s competitors can pull twice as much.
And frunk, you can look far for …
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Wrinkles on the nose
Yes, then three points were done that will cause someone to wrinkle their nose. But don’t stop reading. However, there are some good reasons to choose this car.
In fact, so many of us think this could be a popular car in 2021 when it comes to Norway.
The plan is to deliver customers’ first cars around March / April. But here and now you can already find out how it is experienced on the Norwegian roads. Take the test!
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Really nice, if you look at the outside, the interior and the platform. All this comes from the BMW X3. Visually, only the iX3 has a slightly different front bumper – and some blue details scattered around the car, for example in the grille, along the channels and on the diffuser.
That is also the case on the inside. Most things are exactly the same as we got used to in the X3 – but with the exception of small details in blue: blue start button, blue mood lighting and a blue stripe on the gear lever.
But the drivetrain is quite another. Here’s an electric motor that produces 286 hp / 400 Nm. 0-100 km / h takes 6.8 seconds.
With a home charger of 11 kW, it can be charged from 0 to 100 percent in about 7.5 hours. With a fast charger it can receive up to 150 kW. It offers about 100 km range in a 10 minute charge.
The trunk is slightly smaller. 510 liters – instead of 550 in an X3 with petrol / diesel engine. But it is still quite spacious. The rear seat backrest is three-piece – and the angle of the backrest can be adjusted.
With the backrest folded down, the volume increases to 1,560 liters.
So it’s not frunk. This “loses” a practical storage space for charging cables.
In the back seat it is light and spacious – with plenty of room for both your head and long legs. But even though this is an electric car, the “tunnel” in the middle is still there. So whoever sits in the middle of the backseat didn’t win the lottery.
The iX3 can be supplied with specially designed 20 “rims, which ensure a lower air resistance. The test car, however, does not have these rims for winter tires.
Deliveries are expected to start in March / April 2021.
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What are its strengths and weaknesses?
The adjustable base is standard. The best handling of the iX3 is comfort. It feels big and heavy – in a positive way: you sit high, the car sits steadily on the road, runs smoothly and feels safe. In a family car and SUV like this, it feels just right.
A low noise level is important. BMW offers additional sound insulation on the top model.
With 286 horsepower and rear-wheel drive, you might find it a bit playful. Then you are wrong. If you sit in a cord with the iX3, you really have to work for it. We’ve disabled all electronic aids (not just halfway through, as you do by pressing the anti-spin button once) to check.
In fact, just ignore the sporty features you would expect from a BMW. The weight is too much on the iX3. It weighs just under 2.2 tons. It’s actually 500 pounds more to pull through corners than the X3 2.0i!
The most sporty thing about driving in Sport mode is the sound. There is a “engine noise” – which is actually most reminiscent of the noise of the trains to Vy. And, amazingly, the latter is not meant to be criticism. It’s a pretty cool sound. If you are bored, you can just turn it off.
Furthermore, the car seems to have a good grip. We were not allowed to drive it on snow. But a lot of weight on the rear axle means we don’t have to worry about getting stuck with it. Most people will probably do very well with rear wheel drive.
When it comes to consumption, it really impresses. BMW has had a strong focus on this – and equipped the car with a “small” battery of 80 kWt. Nevertheless, the range is stated to be 440-460 kilometers, depending on equipment and rims. That is significantly more than both the Audi 55 e-tron and the Mercedes-Benz EQC.
Now we didn’t have the car for more than a day. But on a wet November day with around 7 plus degrees, consumption was 16.8 kWt per 100 kilometers after 70 kilometers. At the time, we were not driving on the highway, and the average speed was 68.2 km / h. Yet this is an impressively low consumption!
Then we put it in Sport – and used the right foot more actively. After 100 kilometers, consumption was exactly as BMW stated: 18.6 kW / 100 km.
In other words, here it is clearly possible to achieve the stated range as well as beyond.
When it comes to trailer weight, there isn’t much to brag about. With 750 kilos. Several competitors offer almost twice the capacity. For some, that becomes crucial.
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How much is it?
The starting price is therefore 571,000 crowns. But the car we think most Norwegians will buy is the top model: Fully Charged.
Towbar is included here – in addition to, among other things, electric sports seats, the best head-up display on the market, all driving assistance and gesture control, which allows you to operate various functions by gestures. A fun little party trick!
You currently pay 609,000 crowns for a campaign period for this expense. No doubt there is a good price on this car.
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Who are the competitors?
The most obvious are of course the aforementioned e-tron and EQC. They have a lower range and are more expensive, but offer more powerful engines, not least four-wheel drive.
The Jaguar I-Pace is also a car worth mentioning here. Especially since there is now also a campaign model: I-Pace EV320. It has slightly more muscle than the iX3 (320 hp), all-wheel drive, a range of 470 kilometers – and a starting price of 599,000 crowns. However, if you want the best-equipped model from I-Pace, you have to pay 699,000 crowns.
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Will the neighbor be impressed?
iX3 will be fairly anonymous in the streets. Especially with white lacquer. It emphasizes the negative design elements in the front. The small air intakes in the front bumper make the front a bit “massive”.
Most people will probably just think it’s a regular X3.
What is this button for every day?
At first glance, you might notice that it makes the iX3 crappy due to lack of four-wheel drive, low towing weight – and it’s not very fast.
But if you try, we think you can be convinced anyway.
The range is solid, a lot of people love the X3 concept in terms of size, space and design – and you get a high perceived quality.
Additionally, BMW has currently treated itself to much of the most advanced equipment they have to offer at a great price.
What do the owners think?
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Did you know:
– Today’s edition of the BMW X3 is the third in a row. The first generation arrived in 2003
– BMW claims their SUVs are actually SAVs – Sports Activity Vehicles.
– The fastest X3 to date is the M Competition edition. It can reach 0-100 km / h in 4.1 seconds.
Motor: Electric Effect: 286/400 Nm 0-100 km / h: 6.8 sec. Top speed: 180 km / h Consumption: 18.6 kW / 100 km Luggage compartment: 510 / 1,560 liters Weight: 2,185 kg Trailer weight: 750 kg Length x WIDTH X HEIGHT: 473 x 1891 x 166 cm Price: From 571,000 crowns Campaign model price: Fully charged: 609,000 crowns
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