When shopping for a high-end electric SUV, the BMW iX and Tesla Model X come to mind, but there are some key differences between the two. BMW’s first-ever electric sports activity vehicle — the iX — combines the automaker’s timeless design language with forward-looking technology. The Model X is no pushover, either, as it benefits from Tesla’s technological advances and has been compared with the likes of Rivian’s R1S and Audi’s e-tron.
When it comes to pricing, both EVs reflect their luxury status. The BMW iX starts at $87,100 (xDrive50) and $111,500 (M60), and the Model X goes for $99,990 (dual-motor AWD) and $109,990 (tri-motor AWD). The BMW iX takes the lead in affordability despite Tesla recently incorporating a $10,000 price reduction. Prospective buyers should note that both SUVs don’t qualify for the $7,500 clean vehicle tax credit due to their hefty price tags.
Performance, Interior, And Charging Speed Compared
Tesla claims the Model X (Plaid) is the “quickest accelerating SUV in production today,” and that’s hard to dispute. Although the iX’s M60 trim can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, the Plaid variant manages the same feat in less time: 2.5 seconds. The Model X Plaid offers a top speed of 149 mph and an estimated driving range of 333 miles. Buying the M60 means settling for a slightly lower range (between 274 and 288 miles) and speed (130 mph). While the Plaid’s three motors combine to deliver 1,020 hp, the M60’s dual-motor system promises 610 hp.
Meanwhile, the Model X’s base edition (range of 348 miles, top speed of 149 mph, and 0-60 mph record of 3.8 seconds) matches the xDrive50’s capabilities (305 to 324 miles, maximum speed of 124 mph, a 0-60 mph record of 4.4 seconds). Moving to the interior, BMW shines in this department thanks to the luxurious seats draped in sustainable leather, a panoramic LED roof, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, voice-enabled BMW intelligent personal assistant, and many other features. However, the Model X does make up for its highly minimalist interior by offering between 5 and 7-seater layouts, three different interior design options, two steering wheel choices, etc.
There’s also a 17″ screen that recently gained Steam integration, and many new functions thanks to Tesla’s holiday update. In terms of charging speed, the Model X supports Supercharging of up to 250 kW which enables it to add up to 175 miles within 15 minutes. Additionally, Model X owners have access to Tesla’s 40,000+ Superchargers and the fascinating amenities advertised in some stations. The BMW’s DC fast charging speed is admirable but comes up short compared to the Tesla EV (195 kW).
Although BMW doesn’t operate an exclusive fast-charging network, it collaborated with Electrify America to provide iX buyers with 2 years’ worth of complimentary 30-minute sessions. Both the iX and Model X aptly represent the best of today’s electric SUVs with a unique blend of technology and performance. The BMW iX starts at a friendlier price point (though luxury SUVs are geared more toward those who have no problem splurging), but opting for the Model X EV should attract consumers wanting to beat range anxiety and enjoy faster charge speeds.
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