Our Rating

4/5

Pros

  • Sensational performance

  • Stunning interior

  • Impressive comfort and refinement

Cons

  • Bold design won’t suit everyone

  • Expensive

  • Boot is larger in some rivals

Introduction

When BMW introduced the iX as its new flagship EV last year, it certainly made a statement. Ushering in one of the German brand’s boldest designs yet, it also brings in a whole range of new technology.

Launched with a pair of powertrains – neither of which were particularly short on power or performance – BMW’s M division has now worked its magic on the iX, with the result being the iX M60. Following on from the i4 M50, it’s only the second performance BMW EV, but notably the most powerful yet. 

Not that much about the way the iX looks inside or out has changed, as instead BMW has mainly focused on how the M60 drives and its performance. Let’s see if it impresses. 

BMW iX M60 Review

Performance

Given the regular iX ‘xDrive50’ model produces 516bhp, you could argue that this electric SUV really didn’t need much more power. Nevertheless, BMW has clearly decided it can handle more. So the M60’s tweaked electric motors now put out a huge 611bhp and 1,100Nm of torque when launch control is activated.

The result is a 0-60mph time of just 3.6 seconds, while it can hit a top speed of 155mph where permitted. As for range, the M60 continues to use a 105kWh battery, which is capable of a claimed range of 348 miles – down from the 380 miles you get from the ‘50’ version. In terms of charging, the battery can be replenished at up to 200kW, with a 10 to 80 per cent charge taking just 35 minutes. 

BMW iX M60 Review

Ride and handling

The way the iX M60 can get up to speed is nothing short of remarkable. Put your foot down and this 2.6-tonne SUV can accelerate at a ludicrous rate, and it doesn’t run out of steam either. BMW has also engineered a special performance sound to accompany the iX. Developed alongside German composer Hans Zimmer, it gives the M60 a really futuristic feel behind the wheel.

But in the process it doesn’t lose the comfort and refinement that the standard iX is so good at, as this is an EV that would be seriously good on longer trips.

BMW iX M60 Review

Interior

The iX was the first BMW to debut its latest operating system, and it features on the brand’s new ‘Curved Display’, which combines a digital dial system and touchscreen into one lovely angled piece of glass. With a glass iDrive controller for it too, it’s a seriously smart and upmarket system to use. The material quality throughout the iX is top notch as well.

As for space, the iX has a similar footprint to the X5 SUV, and offers loads of room for those in the rear, along with a decent-sized boot – meaning it’s still an accomplished family car.

BMW iX M60 Review

Equipment

With the iX M60 sitting at the top of the range, it comes absolutely laden with standard equipment. Name a feature and there’s a good chance this BMW will have it fitted. 

Particular highlights are the tinted full-length glass roof, massaging, ventilated and electric seats and a superb Bowers & Wilkins sound system. First-class driver assistance features are included too, along with large 22-inch alloy wheels.

BMW iX M60 Review

Cost

Perhaps not surprising given the level of equipment and performance on offer, the M60 doesn’t come cheap, which is perhaps the understatement of the year. 

Prices start from a steep £116,905. For comparison, the standard iX xDrive50 model is available from £93,850.

Verdict

There’s a lot to like about this new iX M60. The sheer performance on offer will be enough to make many justify the extra over the standard car, while its combination of quality, refinement and comfort is superb. 

Though the more affordable – and still impressive – regular versions undoubtedly make more sense, if you crave the best of the best, electric SUVs don’t get much better than this.

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