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All-new BMW iX2 driven | Has BMW lost the X-factor? |

All-new BMW iX2 driven | Has BMW lost the X-factor?  |

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This is the second generation of BMW X2, but it’s the first that you can have as a pure electric car. Badged the iX2 it gets a 64.8kWh battery, two different models – a 201bhp, front-wheel drive eDrive20 model or a rapid, all-wheel drive variant in the 309bhp xDrive30. You can also have it as a plug-in hybrid, and as a standard mild hybrid petrol car, but here we’re focussing just on the electric iX2.

Being a mid-sized family premium electric SUV priced at around £52,000 and up, the iX2 has competition – and a lot of it. The Tesla Model Y, Kia EV6, Mercedes EQA, Audi Q4 e-tron and Volvo C40 Recharge all count themselves as rivals, not to mention BMW’s own slightly smaller, cheaper and less stylish iX1.

The BMW iX2 gets a range of up to 283 miles in the eDrive20, or up to 267 miles in the xDrive30 that we drove, which is adequate but not exactly brilliant given that alternative electric cars like the Tesla Model Y and Kia EV6 offer a range of over 300 miles. They also charge more quickly; the BMW’s rapid charging tops out at 130kW, which isn’t that impressive for a new model when you consider that a Kia EV6 has a maximum charging rate of 235 kW and a Tesla Model Y can charge at up to 250 kW. But, BMW does point out that the iX2’s new charging software optimises charging so that it holds a high charge rate for a long period rather than trailing off quite quickly as the battery fills – as most electric cars do. Basically, it has faster overall charging speeds despite a comparably low charge rate on paper, so it’s still said to manage a 10-80% charge in 29 minutes, which does compare to that of Model Y. We’ll have to see how that works out in the real world when we get a car to a charging station in the UK.

Join Ginny as she puts the BMW iX2 to test for the first time. Do you agree with her verdict? Is the IX2 on your shortlist? Let us know in the comments below.


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