Comparing the Tesla Model S and BMW iX: Which is Right For You?
The BMW iX is a great choice for those looking to make the switch from a Tesla Model S. It offers many features that are similar to the Tesla, such as parking assistance and navigation support for multiple destinations. However, there are some differences between the two cars that should be taken into consideration.
One of the main differences between the Tesla and the iX is the hill hold feature. The Tesla has a push-to-brake system that keeps the brakes on until you press either the brake or go pedal. The iX has an Auto Hold button that activates the parking brake when you press the brake, and releases when you press the throttle. This can be useful in situations like waiting in line at a fast food window, but it may not be as convenient as having a hill hold feature all the time.
Another difference between the two cars is their self-driving capabilities. The Tesla gets a B+ rating for its self-driving features, which can take some of the fatigue out of long distance or stop/go traffic driving. The iX has L2 driving capabilities and under 40 mph on a divided highway true L3 - braking, steering and throttle (Traffic Jam Assist). However, L2 does require hands on the wheel after a certain time.
The iX also has augmented reality (AR) features, which can be distracting if they appear on the main screen instead of the heads-up display (HUD). Additionally, over air updates are not always up to date and electrify American charging is not as easy as Tesla charging. On the other hand, ride quality is far superior to any of the Teslas and GPS is excellent with integrated GPS and heads-up display providing an amazing amount of information.
Overall, while there are some differences between the Tesla Model S and BMW iX, both offer great features that make them attractive options for EV drivers. It is important to consider all the features of each car before making a decision. If you are a current Tesla owner and have questions about switching to an iX, it may be helpful to reach out to other iX owners for their experiences and advice.
What is the difference between the Tesla hill hold and the iX Auto Hold?
The iX does not have a "hill hold" like an Audi or a Tesla. It has an Auto Hold button that activates the parking brake whenever you press the brake, and releases when you press the throttle. This is most useful when sitting in a queue such as a fast food window. The iX doesn't need a hold button on inclines because it doesn't roll back, and usually the driver's foot is already on the brake on a hill.
Does the navigation system of the iX support multiple destinations/stops?
Yes, each destination you add to a trip can be an intermediate stop.
How does the self-driving feature of the iX compare to that of the Tesla?
Haven't driven a Tesla so can't compare, but the BMW is full L2 driving and under 40 mph on a divided highway true L3 - braking, steering and throttle (Traffic Jam Assist). L2 does require hands on the wheel after a certain time, which is a good thing. The iX works considerably better than a previous Q7 or my previous X5.
How do you mount a bike rack on an iX?
You can mount a bike rack on an iX by using either roof rails or tow bars. Roof rails are more secure and provide more stability for your bikes, while tow bars are easier to install and remove.
Does the iX support multiple phones at once?
Yes, multiple phones can be connected to individual BMW IDs while riding together.
Is the built-in GPS of the iX reliable?
The built-in GPS of the iX is excellent, although sometimes it may be difficult to find an address. A workaround is to use the BMW app and then download from iPhone to iX.
What are some of the features that disappoint with the iX?
Some of the features that disappoint with the iX include Augmented Reality being distracting instead of Heads-up display, over air updates not being latest, Electrify American not being as easy as Tesla charging, and eSIM only being available with TMobile.
What is the range of the iX?
The range of the iX depends on the battery size and driving conditions. The standard battery size is 84 kWh, which gives you an estimated EPA range of up to 300 miles. With the optional larger battery, you can get up to 373 miles of range.