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BMW iX3 SUV - Reliability & safety

The BMW iX3 should right some of the wrongs of the standard car

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

Pros

  • Range
  • Refinement
  • Practicality

Cons

  • Firm ride
  • Faster rivals
  • Unadventurous design

BMW is a top player when it comes to safety technology, with plenty of know-how around keeping occupants safe on the move. Yet, despite a great reputation for engineering, BMW failed to impress owners in our recent survey.

BMW iX3 reliability

Its models might feature regularly at the top of buyers' wish lists but owners’ responses put BMW into 27th place out of 30 manufacturers in our 2020 Driver Power survey. The BMW X3 on which the iX3 is based came 49th out of the top 75 cars, but its poor score for running costs should be addressed by the electric model. Just under 20% of X3 owners reported a fault in the first year.

Safety

The BMW X3 has already obtained a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, which we expect will also apply to the electric iX3, considering they share the same platform. Standard safety equipment includes BMW's Driving Assistant Professional, with features to help avoid collisions, particularly on the motorway. You also get Parking Assistant to help take the stress out of manoeuvring and a clear Live Cockpit Professional instrument cluster that flags up vital safety information.

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