BMW iX3 SUV - Practicality & boot space
The battery and electric motor have a surprisingly small effect on practicality
If there are concerns the iX3 is compromised compared with the regular model, fear not. It's virtually as usable for a family of five as the petrol or diesel car, and the boot is actually larger than the one in the plug-in hybrid BMW X3.
BMW X3 interior space & storage
There's plenty of space for adults in the front and back of the iX3 to stretch out, with the battery placed out of the way beneath the car's floor. There's enough room for two child seats in the back or three adults in a pinch, while the panoramic sunroof helps the interior feel even more spacious. In reality, most won't need the extra space found in the larger BMW X5 but unlike the bigger model, there's no option to make the iX3 into a seven-seater with a third row.
The iX3 has a 510-litre boot, which is 40 litres smaller than the petrol and diesel BMW X3 offer. In reality, most will be hard pressed to tell the difference, and surprisingly this is 60 litres more than the plug-in hybrid version of the X3 offers, and marginally bigger than the boot in the Mercedes EQC and Jaguar I-Pace. The electric motor and transmission featured here is actually more compact than in the PHEV, so takes up less space.
There's also a small storage space under the IX3's boot floor where the charging cables can be kept and folding down the rear seats creates a large 1,560-litre luggage area.