BMW primarily converts combustion engines into EVs, take the iX3, i4, iX1, i7, the list is long.

Only the BMW iX stands out as it utilises an EV-only platform.

The i4 convinced with the drive’s efficiency but can BMW also make a five-metre SUV efficient? We took it to the test.

After the BMW i3, there was no new purely electric model from the Munich company for a few years.

It almost seemed as if the carmaker had slept through the future. But this was to change with the premiere of the i4 and iX.

While the i4 was based on a combustion engine, the iX, like the i3 before it, was given its own electric platform

the electric SUV, like the small car, will remain a loner, setting the tone for the future today as it did then.

An elongated front bonnet and oversized kidneys (radiator grille) have become characteristic BMW features, recalling the times of six-cylinder engines that used to run under the hood.

While it apparently was impossible to part with the very large two-part radiator grille, however, the bonnet of the iX is significantly shorter compared

but still quite long for a pure EV platform. By the way, there is no additional cargo space such as a frunk.

All in all, the BMW iX with its length of 4.95 metres and a width including exterior mirrors of 2.24 metres is a rather bulky contemporary, but not a space miracle.

The length and wheelbase were mainly used to provide comfort to the passengers.

Design-wise, the E-SUV looks more like a “thoroughly styled study, 80 per cent of which would not make it into series production”, as a colleague of mine put it.

BMW wanted to show “what is possible with the fifth generation of our e-drives”, as BMW development board member Frank Weber put it last year on the fringes of the iX driving presentation.