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2023 BMW iX M60 Review: Exactly What You Expect From BMW M

Our review the high-performance 2023 BMW iX M60, the most powerful version in the BMW iX lineup.


 

2023 BMW iX M60 Pros

 

– Ridiculous accelerations

– Uncompromised comfort

– Decent range

 

2023 BMW iX M60 Cons

 

– Doesn’t look any different from a regular iX

– Narrow cargo opening

– Handling isn’t on par with straight-line performance


 

The new BMW iX is an impressive luxury electric vehicle once you get over the quirky styling. Like the previous BMW i3, the iX brings proportions and lines that we’ve never seen before. Although we’ve yet to find someone who loves the look, BMW designers merit praise for creating a vehicle that gets noticed everywhere. In any case, let’s not focus too much on design.

 

 

The particular iX we are reviewing here is the 2023 BMW iX M60, the flagship model in the lineup. It’s the model engineered in collaboration with BMW M that brings over 600 electrified horsepower to the table. It may not look all that different from other iX models, but, then again, a ghost pepper doesn’t look all that different from other hot peppers. And yet…

Every 2023 BMW iX has two electric motors, each powering an axle. While the iX xDrive40 delivers 322 horsepower and the xDrive50 sends 516 ponies to all four wheels, the iX M60 ups the ante to 610 horsepower. When you engage launch control, 811 pound-feet of torque is unleased and, in the process, slams the driver and passengers into their seats in typical high-performance electric vehicle fashion.

 

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There’s something unique about pushing down the accelerator and feeling a vehicle launch forward with such intensity in complete silence. The lack of audible stimulation means you are 100% focused on how your body feels and reacts as it is almost teleported to 100 km/h in under 4.0 seconds. The BMW iX M60 is undoubtedly suitable for filming acceleration reaction videos for YouTube if those are still a thing.

 

 

The iX M60 delivers 94 extra horsepower and 247 extra pound-feet of torque over the xDrive50, fully justifying the additional $25,000 (roughly) it asks from your wallet. The M60 is more than just quicker, however. It gets standard adaptive damping which BMW M engineers have tuned to differentiate the system from the option you can add in the xDrive50 trim. The goal was to make the iX M60 sharper and, more importantly, handle the massive weight coming into the corner at breakneck speed.

 

See, the BMW iX M60 weighs more than a Ford F-150 and the fact that you don’t feel that is an absolute credit to the engineers behind the suspension and chassis. On the other hand, the iX M60 doesn’t match traditional BMW M models in terms of handling and feel. The steering isn’t as communicative as what you would find in, say, a BMW X5 M, and you feel a lot more isolated from the road.

 

 

This isn’t to say the iX M60 is disappointing, however. We couldn’t expect it to recreate M-style sportiness on a winding road, and prospective buyers shouldn’t either. If you’re an AMG or M SUV driver looking to go electric and wondering what you will be sacrificing in the BMW iX M60, it’s that unique edge that characterizes, say, a Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S or previously-mentioned X5 M. On the other hand, you get what feels like much quicker accelerations and, overall, a much more comfortable, refined luxury SUV.

 

Because once you get over just how ridiculously quick this behemoth is, you realize that when cruising on the highway or driving around town, it’s silky smooth and quiet. Every iX stands out in this area, and it’s a welcomed surprise the iX M60 didn’t compromise on comfort in the name of handling or agility.

 

 

Range is ok, not great

 

The top-of-the-line iX offers decent range. Of course, it all depends on your needs, but personally, I feel that anything over 400 kilometres is ok. The iX M60 delivers 463 kilometres officially, and like the BMW i4 sedan, it comes close to matching that in real-world conditions. Driving the iX M60 in winter and having quite a bit of fun with all the power under my right foot, I expected the actual range to drop by at least 30%. In reality, I averaged around 400 kilometres during my week.

 

 

The iX M60’s range slots between the iX xDrive50 (521 kilometres) and iX xDrive40 (322 kilometres). I feel the latter doesn’t give you enough freedom given its hefty price tag and although the xDrive50 definitely gives you more, I don’t mind sacrificing those extra 60-ish kilometres for the added performance of the M60.

 

 

Charging was on the longer side, which is expected. It took about 13 hours to get the iX back to 100% from 8% on my home level II charger. On a DC quick charger, the iX can add 100 kilometres of range in 9 minutes at a maximum charging rate of 195 kW.

 

A ton of luxury

 

BMW opted for a clean, minimalistic design for the interior of the iX and the end result works. The glass elements like the seat adjustment controls and infotainment dial give an added touch of flair and elegance while the quality of the natural, environmentally-friendly leather (tanned with olive leaf extract by the way) is on par with the $120k price tag.

 

2022 BMW iX xDrive50 | Photo: Olivier Delorme

 

The infotainment system is the latest generation of the BMW iDrive system and is relatively easy to navigate. The centre Curved Display as BMW calls it, doesn’t have the visual impact of Mercedes-Benz’ HYPERSCREEN 56-inch display, but the interior of the iX feels luxurious and won’t disappoint. The layout is also vast with plenty of legroom in the back and all the headroom you could ever need upfront. To put things in perspective, the iX has about 30 mm more legroom in the back than a BMW X7’s middle row. The cargo area is vast, but also narrow. While the iX is surprisingly spacious inside, the cargo area isn’t as accommodating as you’d expect.

 

 

Still, the BMW iX is one of the most versatile and family-friendly vehicles in its price range, EV or not. It also gives you the comfort and luxury you want from a model in this segment, and the performance is simply breathtaking. Is it worth the premium over the xDrive50? That depends on how much importance you place on quick accelerations. One thing is for you sure, you will know where your extra money went the second you nudge the accelerator.

2022 BMW iX xDrive50 | Photo: Olivier Delorme

2022 BMW iX xDrive50 | Photo: Olivier Delorme

2022 BMW iX xDrive50 | Photo: Olivier Delorme

2022 BMW iX xDrive50 | Photo: Olivier Delorme

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