Video: Reviewer tests range of the BMW iX at autobahn speeds of around 99 mph
Regular drivers most likely associate modern electric cars with economically-friendly commutes or road trips at medium speeds. However, as some countries around the world like Germany do not enforce speed limits on certain roads, prospective EV buyers might wonder how much range a beefy electric SUV like the new BMW iX can provide at higher speeds.
The popular automotive YouTuber Automann-TV has now attempted to answer this question by literally taking the BMW iX 50 for a quick drive on the legendary autobahn. Even though the 523 horsepower of the electric SUV can easily accelerate the vehicle to 124 mph, the reviewer targeted 99 mph as his preferred speed, but due to traffic and weather conditions the overall average speed was closer to 75 mph. After draining the battery to about 20 percent, he came to a well-founded assessment regarding the range of the BMW iX at higher speeds.
He estimates that at these speeds, the battery and its usable capacity of 105 kWh could provide a range of up to 186 miles. As the test was conducted in the middle of winter, this range could even be a bit higher in more moderate temperatures. In comparison to its projected WLTP range of 341 miles, the BMW iX's range decreases by 45 percent, which can indeed be interpreted as a good result. The reviewer therefore comes to the conclusion that BMW's electric SUV is a very capable vehicle when being driven on the highway or German autobahn. The entirety of this intriguing range test can be watched in the according video which is also embedded below.