BMW’s latest addition to the iX1 range is the eDrive20 that delivers more EV driving distance for less cash.
That sounds like a win-win, and it is as the iX1 e-Drive20 is the cheapest model in the line-up with a starting price of £44,560. The driving range for this new entry model goes up to as much as 296 miles on a full charge compared to 272 miles for the iX1 xDrive30.
Buyers choosing the iX1 eDrive20 don’t get four-wheel drive as this cheaper model sticks with a single electric motor that powers the front wheels. But don’t think the eDrive20 pulls its punches when it comes to performance as it still delivers 0-62mph in 8.6 seconds, while top speed is capped at 105mph.
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That’s slower than the XDrive30’s rapid 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds, but more importantly for many drivers the 204hp eDrive20 can recharge from 10- to 80% battery power in as little as 29 minutes. It can also take on enough power to boost range by 75 miles in only 10 minutes.
BMW hasn’t cut corners elsewhere either with this new iX1 model. Inside the cabin, you find the same 10.25-inch main dash display as the pricier versions. There’s also the 10.7-inch infotainment screen that curves towards the driver and uses the latest operating technology that will be seen in the next generation of Mini Cooper Electric.
The iX1 eDrive20 can be ordered now and BMW says deliveries will start in November. Buyers have the choice of Sport, xLine and M Sport trims. The Sport comes with 17-inch alloy wheels with Hankook tyres, LED headlights, cruise control, and reversing camera.
Move up to the xLine and the iX1 has standard 18-inch wheels, chrome exterior trim, and leather upholstery including a sports steering wheel. For the M Sport, BMW provides a unique body kit with deeper front and rear bumpers, 19-inch alloys, and sports seats with suede-like panels.
With prices ranging from £44,560 for the Sport to £49,310 for the M Sport, the iX1 eDrive20 looks like keen value next to its four-wheel drive sister model and rivals such as the Volvo C40 Recharge.
For those that don’t plan on taking their iX1 off the beaten track, the eDrive20 is our pick for a handsome electric SUV with impeccable road manners.