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Ok, nearly 2,000 miles covered, obtained 2.6 m/kWh and like the car.
Underwhelmed by idrive8, some days it has issues with drive assistant and overall seems a bit glitchy. Ambient lighting change, I’d doesn’t always log in correctly.. all first work problems, but had an i3 for 3 years and it was the car that was taken first, without exception and we had a really decent 530d x drive too….. no bugs, issues with range based on technology, but the ix is just underwhelming… will persevere and following Audi’s announcement of the launch of the a6 touring electric drivetrain, hope bmw do an i5 series touring soon..
 

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I've had my iX 50 since January and in the last 4 days travelled 1000 miles now 2400 total my from factory m/kWh is 2.5

2 of my Jouneys I selected a Ionity 350kW charger I had 200 miles range and the charger was 180 miles and the display showed 5% left at the destination, risky but there are 4 chargers at the destination. Theoughout the journey the 5% changed 4-6% cruising 75mph with the odd burst to dispense with tail gaters, at 40 mile range you start to get reminders and at about 20 miles a central display reminder and displays turn amber. Got to the charger at 4% so that original range calculation was accurate which is really encouraging - had to wait 15 minutes to get on a charger. At 4% bang straight up to 188 kW in the past allways played it safe and charged at 25-30% and rareley got above 45kW. Did the same next day with the same result 6%-70% in 34 min

My iX no issues from new except the tail gate which doesnt like shutting when parked at a 20% uphill gradient - the car is stunning but perhaps too big for UK roads especially where I live in Cornwall.
For short runs we have kept our 13S I have driven that 400 miles in one day but charging more of an issue with 120 mile charge to charge range at best

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Really appreciate your detailed descriptions. Very telling for my upcoming 2500 miles trip from Idaho to Atlanta hopefully in June or July, whenever the car is delivered. Without your input, I would be certainly more nervous! My first electric experienc in a brand new car... I feel a little like Lewis and Clark in the opposite direction...
 

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I had an awkward journey for charger locations yesterday which meant needed to charge 80%-100%. Appreciate not a very normal or optimal charging window when on the road but thought would share speeds anyway. I got 85kw to about 85% then 75kw up to about 97% then 25kw after that (gave up at 99%). Thought that was actually pretty decent for the high charge state of battery.

(this is for a 50 btw)
 

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I had an awkward journey for charger locations yesterday which meant needed to charge 80%-100%. Appreciate not a very normal or optimal charging window when on the road but thought would share speeds anyway. I got 85kw to about 85% then 75kw up to about 97% then 25kw after that (gave up at 99%). Thought that was actually pretty decent for the high charge state of battery.

(this is for a 50 btw)
That sounds much better than anything I read so far.
 

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It’s a good question.
I am ok with the choice, annoyed a bit that flirts with a 200 mile range and that 250 miles will never happen.
The glitchy idrive is not a problem, just annoyed that today’s standards of acceptability have dropped and think this is the case in anything manufactured, not exclusive the BMW.
The big issue is I am a big standard 5 series touring sort of person, love 4 wheel drive to deal with occasional icy, snowy conditions and bmw do not have an offering other than the ix right now.
 

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It’s a good question.
I am ok with the choice, annoyed a bit that flirts with a 200 mile range and that 250 miles will never happen.
The glitchy idrive is not a problem, just annoyed that today’s standards of acceptability have dropped and think this is the case in anything manufactured, not exclusive the BMW.
The big issue is I am a big standard 5 series touring sort of person, love 4 wheel drive to deal with occasional icy, snowy conditions and bmw do not have an offering other than the ix right now.
The car is rated in excess of 300 miles and German EVs get EPA or better range under most fair weather conditions. The problem you have over there is the cold and wet weather. That is a range sucker. Measure this against any Tesla in those conditions and I'm pretty sure the iX will outdrive them all. You really shouldn't pass judgment until you've driven it through the summer months.
 

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The car is rated in excess of 300 miles and German EVs get EPA or better range under most fair weather conditions. The problem you have over there is the cold and wet weather. That is a range sucker. Measure this against any Tesla in those conditions and I'm pretty sure the iX will outdrive them all. You really shouldn't pass judgment until you've driven it through the summer months.
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We’re not new to EV’s, but my underlying issue is manufacturer contempt.
In 2014 we purchased what was then an innovative BMW i3, a car to this day that remains highly admired and liked bu me and my wife. The one major criticism was the quoted range of 110+ miles and the reality being 90 max regardless of weather for the 3 years we owned it.
I put this down to ‘early day’ syndrome and empathy with manufacturers establishing real world/environmental factors impacting actual real world range.
However, 7-8 years later and buying an ix40 (not 50) and purposely avoiding a weighty Panasonic roof, larger alloys and keeping ours as much as possible to tested spec still fails in the region of a margin of 20% to deliver against its ‘sold’ range, is unacceptable and is annoying. It has been 21 degs Centigrade for the past few days and even with climate off is only capable of 210 miles, not anywhere near the 267 claimed and this is a classic case is experience mismanagement and would expect better in light of the data now available, this not a BMW exclusive issue, but a breach of standards regarding truth and facts when selling products imo.
 

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I agree but would point out that WLTP as a standard is even more at faylt than a manufacturer who adopts it. WLTP methodology is a nonsense and needs to be updated to be far more realistic. Manufacturers can help by ignoring it, but if your competitor uses it and you don't, you look less efficient.

The standard must be updated.
 

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Agreed, and of course we have had unscrupulous modifications to have a better fit to the testing cycle.

There needs to be a specific test for EV's for a range of conditions to include ambient temperature. We use to have urban, extra urban and combined for ICE cars.
 

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We’re not new to EV’s, but my underlying issue is manufacturer contempt.
In 2014 we purchased what was then an innovative BMW i3, a car to this day that remains highly admired and liked bu me and my wife. The one major criticism was the quoted range of 110+ miles and the reality being 90 max regardless of weather for the 3 years we owned it.
I put this down to ‘early day’ syndrome and empathy with manufacturers establishing real world/environmental factors impacting actual real world range.
However, 7-8 years later and buying an ix40 (not 50) and purposely avoiding a weighty Panasonic roof, larger alloys and keeping ours as much as possible to tested spec still fails in the region of a margin of 20% to deliver against its ‘sold’ range, is unacceptable and is annoying. It has been 21 degs Centigrade for the past few days and even with climate off is only capable of 210 miles, not anywhere near the 267 claimed and this is a classic case is experience mismanagement and would expect better in light of the data now available, this not a BMW exclusive issue, but a breach of standards regarding truth and facts when selling products imo.
Go by the US EPA rating. It's much more realistic than WLTP. Here in the US we know how silly WLTP is with its super optimistic range. It's a useless standard and we never pay attention to those numbers, or if we do, we reduce them by 25%.
 
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