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BMW iX3

(2021 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

67
%
B

Used car score:

65
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

73
%
B

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

63
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

67
%
B

Used car score:

65
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

73
%
B

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

63
%
B

Summary


The BMW iX3 is an electric version of the existing BMW X3 SUV. It arrived in the UK in summer 2021 to join the regular X3 models that had already been on sale since 2017.

The iX3 has received positive feedback from the UK motoring media. It has been particularly praised for its quiet and refined drivetrain, even compared to other electric cars, as well as for its better-than-average handling. The main criticisms have been that performance is not as sharp as some rivals, and that the iX3 is expensive compared to regular X3 models in the same family.

In what must amount to some kind of new record, a facelifted version of the BMW iX3 was announced in August 2021, almost before the first original cars even started arriving in the UK. The updated models began to arrive in December and offered the usual mid-life updates of revised styling both inside and out, as well as an upgraded mapping systems for improved traffic and charging point information.

As of January 2024, the BMW iX3 holds a New Car Expert Rating of B, with a score of 67%. At time of writing, this is a few points better than its combustion-engined sibling, the X3, due to its zero tailpipe emissions and lower running costs.

Key specifications


Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
Powertrain: electric motor, battery-powered
Price: From £65,160 on-road

Launched: Summer 2021
Last updated: Winter 2021/22
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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Daily Mail

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Daily Mirror

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Driving Electric

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Electrifying.com

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Green Car Guide

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Heycar

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Honest John

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Move Electric

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Parkers

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The Sunday Times

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2017
Date expired: January 2024
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 93%
Child protection: 84%
Vulnerable road users: 70%
Safety assist: 58%

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Notes on safety rating

The BMW X3 was originally crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 2017 and awarded a five-star rating. The iX3 shares the same rating with the combustion-powered X3 as Euro NCAP determined that it is structurally identical and would perform similarly in emergency situations.

However, this rating expired in January 2024 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating. This is normal practice, as Euro NCAP reviews its ratings on most cars annually with most ratings expiring after about six or seven years.

However, if you are comparing a used iX3 to vehicles of similar age, whose ratings will have probably also expired, its safety rating score is still useful.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the BMW iX3 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the iX3 is likely to score very highly in Green NCAP testing whenever it ever takes place. Check back again soon.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the BMW iX3 to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively for us using warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the iX3 we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models284 milesA282 – 286 milesA – B
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models3.6 m/KWhD3.5 – 3.6 m/KWhD – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models44D44 – 45D – D
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£218B
Year 2£406A
Year 3£713A
Year 4£879A
Year 5£1,195A
Overall£3,411A

Running costs for the BMW iX3 are much cheaper than its ICE-powered X3 counterpart, according to numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

The SUV has an official battery range of 284 miles (which varies from 282 miles to 286 miles, depending on which model you choose) is above average. So you shouldn’t need to worry about running out of charge in normal day-to-day driving. The car’s service and running costs are good for the first year, and excellent from the second year onwards.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the BMW iX3 has received

2023

  • Auto Trader Awards – Best Premium Electric Car

2022

  • Fleet News Awards – Best Premium SUV

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the BMW iX3, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Audi e-tron | Audi Q4 e-tron | Ford Mustang Mach-E | Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Jaguar I-Pace | Kia EV6 | Mercedes-Benz EQC | Polestar 2 | Skoda Enyaq | Tesla Model Y | Volkswagen ID.4

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The BMW iX3 is quieter and more refined than the petrol or diesel X3 models on which it's based, but it's an expensive alternative.BMW iX3