The 2023 BMW iX1 xDrive30 M Sport is packed full of surprises. It’s visually stunning, seamlessly merging the quintessential brand aesthetics with futuristic elements unique to the German car maker’s EV-focused future.
At first glance, it’s clear that this is a vehicle that’s been crafted with precision and innovation in mind. The front fascia of the iX1 features a closed-off kidney grille, a departure from traditional that actually serves as an aerodynamic element.
The slim LED adaptive headlights with laser technology add a distinctive touch to the front, while smooth, flowing lines along its flanks hint at the vehicle’s aerodynamic prowess. The flush door handles and the absence of exhaust pipes reinforce the iX1’s electric identity.
Draped in Portimao Blue, its compact dimensions, similar to the BMW X1, make it an ideal choice for urban environments. The rear of the iX1 is marked by a distinctive light strip that runs across the width of the vehicle, incorporating iconic L-shaped LED taillights.
This element not only enhances visibility but also contributes to the vehicle’s overall aesthetic appeal. Our test vehicle also came with set of beautiful 19-inch double spoke alloy wheels, 245/45 R19 tyres, but there’s no spare, just a repair kit.
You can opt for the 20-inch multi-spoke BMW Individual light alloy wheels, but we rather liked the 19’s, which suit the car. Underneath the striking exterior lies an impressive electric powertrain, with dual synchronous motors, one front and one rear.
The combination produces a 230kW/494Nm drivetrain, with all-wheel drive provided by BMW’s xDrive platform. The electric motors delivers instant torque, propelling the iX1 from 0 to 100km/h in just 5.6 seconds, with a top speed of 180km/h.
It’s safe to say that the iX1 offers exhilarating acceleration, but it also delivers dynamic handling that’s pretty impressive. Its 67kWh battery pack is strategically positioned to optimize weight distribution too, ensuring a balanced and stable ride.
With its low centre of gravity, the iX1 corners with precision and confidence, making it an engaging vehicle to drive, whether you’re navigating city streets or tackling winding country roads.
With a claimed range of 400km, and a 130kW DC fast charge capability, you should be able to put around 120km of potential distance into the battery in around 10 minutes, or charge to 80 per cent in about 30 minutes.
We did most of our diving locally, and averaged around 60km per day. That meant we really only needed to top up the battery with a trickle charge for a few hours every day or two, which wasn’t an inconvenience at all.
There are four driving modes, including Personal, Sport, Comfort and Efficient, with the full potential of the EV powertrain unleashed in Sport mode. It’s rather exhilarating and certainly brings a smile to your face.
Inside, the iX1 is a technological extravaganza, and that’s without the enhancement pack that gave us a panoramic sunroof, 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and active sports seats, with lumbar support and a massage function in front row.
BMW Live Cockpit Professional is the star of the show, with a 10.25-inch instrument display and a 10.7-inch high-resolution curved touchscreen infotainment system that also provides for navigation and vehicle controls.
This user-friendly interface is intuitive and responsive, as is BMW’s iDrive system, which incorporates natural language voice recognition, gesture controls, and even AI-powered personal assistants.
Connectivity is another area where the iX1 excels. With the BMW Connected app, drivers can remotely control various functions of the vehicle, such as pre-conditioning the cabin, checking the battery status, and even locating charging stations.
BMW’s advanced navigation system takes electric vehicle-specific factors into account, including the range estimation based on driving habits and conditions. Technology aside, the cabin is spacious, thanks in part to the absence of a transmission tunnel.
That one change creates a comfortable and inviting atmosphere for both driver and passengers. The quiet and smooth operation of the electric powertrain adds to the overall comfort of the ride.
Whether you’re cruising through the city or embarking on a long highway journey, the iX1 provides a serene and relaxing environment. Cargo space tops out at 1,495-litres with the second row folded flat, which means there’s ample room should you need to load up.
The 2023 iX1 xDrive30 M Sport small SUV offers a glimpse into the car maker’s electric future, combining the dynamic driving experience that BMW is renowned for with an eco-conscious and technologically advanced package.
Whether you’re a devoted BMW enthusiast or simply someone who values the benefits of electric mobility, the BMW iX1 is certainly worth considering. It’s fun to drive, and would be a great car to run around town, do kid pickups, or take an economical road trip in.
The 2023 BMW iX1 xDrive30 M sport is available in Alpine White, Black Sapphire metallic, Mineral White metallic, Space Silver metallic, Cape York Green metallic, M Portimao Blue metallic, and Frozen Pure Grey matte.
It’s priced from $84,900 plus on-road costs, or a little over $88K if you add the Enhancement Package. Despite the fact the car itself is more expensive than comparable rivals, we reckon the add-on is worth the extra coin.
There’s a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty on the car itself, and an 8-year 160,000km warranty on the EV battery. The iX1 also comes with 5-years complimentary access to the ChargeFox network.
Our test vehicle was provided by BMW Australia. To find out more about the 2023 BMW iX1 xDrive30 M Sport, contact your local BMW dealer.