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BMW’s first electric SUV costs £61,900

The all-electric iX3 is on sale now, with first deliveries in summer 2021

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The new BMW iX3 is kind of a big deal. It’s the company’s first all-electric SUV and debuts supposedly cutting-edge battery, electric motor and charging tech that will appear in the i4 and iNext.

With an 80kWh battery onboard BMW claims up to 279 miles of range. A 0 to 80 per cent charge takes 34 minutes at the max rate of 150kW, while 282bhp and 295lb ft mean 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds and a limited top speed of 112mph.

And now we know how much it’s going to cost. The iX3 Premier Edition costs £61,900, while the Premier Edition Pro costs £64,900 in the UK. Pre-orders are already open, with the first deliveries expected summer 2021.

Context? The Mercedes EQC starts at £65,720, rising to £74,610 for the flagship AMG Line Premium Plus. Meanwhile the Audi e-tron 50 starts at £60,650, but you’ll want the longer-range e-tron 55 at £72,250. Jaguar’s I-Pace costs from £65,195, and the MASSIVE seven-seat Tesla Model X weighs in at £82,980 (though the iX3 is a probably better match with the Model Y, which isn’t available to order in the UK just yet).

So while £62k sounds and feels like a lot of money for an X3, it’s no less affordable than any other ‘premium’ electric SUV currently on sale. Compares reasonably on spec, too, with more range (but less performance) than the Mercedes and Audi and a generous amount of standard kit. Premier Edition gets adaptive suspension, a panoramic roof, wireless phone charging and much besides, while Premier Pro adds a HUD, Harman Kardon stero and gesture control for the infotainment.

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