2023 BMW iX M60 and 2022 iX xDrive50

Like most automakers these days, BMW is electrifying its lineup, having introduced the i4 sedan and iX SUV for the 2022 model year. The iX is a midsize SUV in the same vein as the popular BMW X5, except the electric version has a much more polarizing appearance. Although each iX is equipped with two electric motors and a 105.2 kWh battery, power output and estimated range vary between the two available models.

The regular xDrive50 has a combined output of 516 horsepower and between 305 and 324 miles of range. It starts at $84,195. The more capable M60 model joins the iX lineup for the 2023 model year, bringing 610 total horsepower and between 274 and 288 miles of range. It starts at $106,095. Our editors were asked to spec their ideal iX, and while most of us prioritized range and value, someone emptied their fake bank account for ultimate power and prestige. Using BMW’s online configuratorwhich currently only includes the 2022 xDrive50 and 2023 M60, here’s how we’d buy the new iX:

$87,495 Drew Dorian iX xDrive 50 2022

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I haven’t driven the more powerful M60 model yet, but I enjoyed my time in the xDrive50 and found it very fast. I would go with this model and save my money for a few nifty upgrades. First, I’d choose the $2800 Sport styling package, which adds 21-inch wheels, clear taillight lenses, and replaces the black front and rear bumpers with car-colored ones. body. The no-cost Blue Ridge Mountain Metallic paint looks great and matches the iX’s optional $500 Stonegrey microfiber and wool interior upholstery. Selecting this fabric interior scheme also adds lovely rose gold interior accents. Finally, I’d add the $2,300 Convenience Pack, which includes a head-up display with augmented reality for the navigation system, a 360-degree exterior camera system, and BMW’s Parking Assistant Plus feature. All in my ideal iX xDrive50i would cost $87,495, which sounds like a lot, but in my experience, this EV SUV is definitely worth it. —Drew Dorian

Caleb Miller’s 2022 iX xDrive50 $92,270

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The BMW iX is definitely not my favorite car to look at, but having recently spent time in its plush interior and experienced the plush, relaxing ride, the iX is growing on me. I went with the iX xDrive50 because 516 horsepower in a big SUV is more than enough. Plus, with the starting price of $84,195, I was able to splurge on options without even coming close to the M60’s base price of $106,095. For exterior trim, I opted for the $2800 Sport option, which adds the M60’s more aggressive front bumper design along with light and dark taillights in place of the traditional red units. Although it also includes two-tone 21-inch wheels, I ended up spending $950 to replace them with dark 22-inch wheels that have a more complex design and give the iX a more assertive stance. I painted my iX in vibrant Phytonic Blue Metallic, a free option. Inside, I chose the $500 Stonegrey and wool-blend microfiber upholstery, the same spec we had in the vehicle I drove, which is soft to the touch and gives the cabin a tranquil aura. . I also dropped $4,000 on the Premium package because my luxury SUV better have a head-up display and surround-view cameras. The package includes useful perks such as augmented reality navigation, parking assistant Plus, Wi-Fi hotspot and multi-function seats. I could do without the interior camera, gesture control, and weird fake driving sounds, but they’re part of the package. I didn’t upgrade to the $3400 Bowers & Wilkins 30-speaker surround sound system because I think the 18-speaker Harman Kardon setup will serve me just fine. In total, my iX xDrive50 cost $92,270. —Caleb Miller

Austin Irwin’s $94,675 2022 iX xDrive50

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The price difference between the 610-hp iX M60 with an EPA-rated range of 288 miles and the 516-hp iX xDrive50 with an estimated 324-mile range isn’t too far off the starting price of the Nissan Leaf. Comparing their estimated acceleration times, the M60’s 3.6 seconds (according to the manufacturer) to 60 mph seems less attractive considering the $21,900 difference that nets you a faster 5700-pound SUV in just eight-tenths of a second. The only thing dumber than the iX’s fake kidney grilles is paying extra for qualities that will only diminish range. I prefer to stick with the already sleek basics of the base model iX xDrive50 Shadowline with 20-inch wheels. Plus, going for the 21-inches would cut the EPA range by 20 miles. Among the colors that don’t require extra equipment and larger wheels, the no-cost Blue Ridge Mountain Metallic strikes a balance between paint not offered on Teslas and those once available for the Pontiac Aztek. I’d jump for the Amido Olive Leaf Tanned Perforated Leather interior ($2450) with Titanium Bronze trim because I like how the bronze accents the seat, window and lock controls. door into an otherwise gothic cabin. The optional Premium package ($4,000) is a no-brainer. This pack includes the Harman Kardon 18-speaker surround sound system, enhanced HUD and navigation, 360-degree three-dimensional camera, front massage seats and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Strangely, the ventilated seats up front ($500) aren’t part of the Convenience or Premium packages for the iX Drive50, but are essential for keeping the bottom of my Midwestern, body-by-Costco physique cooled. Heated front seats are standard. Finally, I’d add the optional Icon Adaptive Laserlight headlights ($1000) just to see if they’re bright enough to cook a white-tailed deer before it crosses the road. At $94,675, my iX xDrive50 plugs in $11,420 less than the M60 options without more powerful options. —Austin Irwin

Eric Stafford’s $113,920 2023 iX M60

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In my opinion, the only way to make the BMW iX look like something I’d really want to be seen in is to spec it in Sapphire Black Metallic for free. The sinister shadow successfully masks the clunky appearance of the midsize SUV, and when paired with the optional 22-inch two-tone bronze wheels and mandatory bronze exterior trim ($1450 total), the iX legitimately looks badass. While that look could be replicated closely on the 516-hp xDrive50 model, I’d happily dole out the extra $21,900 for the more powerful M60 version. Why spend more on an electric vehicle only to give up up to 50 miles of estimated range? Two words: power and prestige. With its two electric motors at peak output, the M60 generates 610 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque, increases of 94 and 247, respectively, over the xDrive50. That should launch this nearly three-ton electric brick to 60 mph in about 3.3 seconds (CD estimate), fast enough to embarrass all Tesla Model Y and Model X owners. I also want any BMW I buy to wear M badges, even if the chassis upgrades on the M60 are just bars Slightly stiffer front and rear anti-roll. The only downside to the M60 is that it’s not available with the gorgeous Stone Gray microfiber and wool-blend upholstery found on the xDrive50. Instead, I’d settle for the rich Castanea Chestnut leather option ($3500). It also seems silly not to spend the extra $1,900 on the package that will allow my iX to park itself and even change lanes on its own, in certain situations. Finally, I might as well spare no expense and drop a paltry $1150 on the deluxe package. Maybe its soft closing doors will make my friends stop slamming them. Either way, I’d definitely like to look at the open-pore wood trim and touch the glass controls. Final cost? $113,920. —Eric Stafford

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