The claimed 0-100km/h time of 6.8 seconds certainly translated into a commensurate feeling of briskness in the real world. There is no dispute as to the responsiveness and immediacy of the iX3 when it comes to overtaking, claiming gaps or simply keeping steady momentum on the freeway. Long distance range is claimed to be 460km. Still not enough to get you to Durban in one go, but certainly more than sufficient for average daily commuting.
While the boot 40l smaller than that of a standard X3, the quoted 530l of the iX3 is still nothing to be sneezed at. It costs R1,290,000 which includes a BMW Wallbox charger as well as free charging at BMW Group-branded public charging facilities. Within the X3 range, R1,242,500 gets you into an xDrive 30d (M Sport); serving six-cylinder diesel punch with a substantial range and, of course, a dramatically shorter fill-up time.
Comparing apples with apples, on the electric front, it is priced similarly to the smaller Volvo XC40 Recharge (R1,260,000); which makes it rather competitive. The iX3 becomes even more compelling when you consider that the Audi E-Tron 55 SUV has a base price of R1,990,000.
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