What is it like on the inside?
Here we see the compromises of not using a specialist EV platform. The iX3 isn't all that big in the back, which is the same trouble the Mercedes EQC has. Same as a standard X3, and much less than the Jaguar I-Pace. Still, the comparatively short wheelbase means a long rear overhang, and with it a big boot – there’s 510-litres of room back there. For context, something like the Mustang Mach-E gets 483-litres, whilst the I-Pace has 577-litres.
The cabin has a load of tech as standard, but it's mostly straightforward to use. Hardware switches cover the climate, driving modes, assists and much else besides, whilst an iDrive clickwheel can also control the screen. Thank heavens BMW has resisted the temptation to think EVs = future = shove all functions into the infotainment screen. The forward-reverse lever is where you expect it to be, down on the not-transmission-tunnel, and flicking it over to the left puts the iX3 in its one-pedal-style Brake mode.
An electric-specific gauge or two appears in the cluster – a power-regen dial in place of the rev-counter, and a battery gauge instead of fuel. And you can call up more efficiency data in the central display. But otherwise it's all very much BMW-business-as-usual in here. Complete with supportive leather seats, a fine driving position, a standard panoramic glass roof and strong material quality. For more details, see our regular X3 review.