[VIDEO] BMW iX xDrive50 reviewed by The Straight Pipes

The BMW iX is undoubtedly the strangest car the Bavarian manufacturer has produced since the i3. Everything about it, from its design to its interior and some of its unique features, is different from any other BMW. Some of it is positive, some of it is negative. But does the iX have what it takes to become a great BMW?

In this new video from The Straight Pipes, you can see the new BMW iX xDrive50 and learn more about its design, features and driving characteristics.

The BMW iX xDrive50 is the only model of the iX now available in North America, while an xDrive40 and M60 variant are on the way. It generates 516 hp and 564 lb-ft of torque with two electric motors, one on each axle. The BMW iX xDrive50’s 105 kWh battery pack offers a maximum range of 521 km (323 miles). On paper, it all seems quite promising. But how does it feel on the road?

The two hosts of The Straight Pipes seem to appreciate and loathe the iX in equal measure. One of their main criticisms is the exterior, not the design (though they do not love it either). Instead, it’s the finish of the door trim. The reflections on the BMW iX are awful as if the door panels had been hammered with a mallet before being painted. Light reflections should be straight and clean, not wavy and dimpled. This is not acceptable on any BMW, let alone one that costs more than six figures.

On the other hand, it rides remarkably well, and you can even coax some oversteer out of it in tricky corners. It’s no canyon carver, but it’s more fun to ride than its size and weight would imply. What’s more, it’s fast.

Overall, they have a few concerns about the BMW iX. Watch the full video below to find out what they think.

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