BMW iX vs. Tesla Model Y

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Automotive Editor

After graduating from GMI with a bunch of other car geeks, Matt Pilgrim spent time in many areas of the auto industry - manufacturing, durability testing of prototypes, and collaborating with stylists to engineer exterior components for cars such as the NSX. Turning his attention to journalism, he brings together his engineering background and passion for cars and has written for several automotive publications and sites, including The Car Connection and his own site, Pilgrim Motor Press.


, Automotive Editor - June 14, 2022
2022 Tesla Model Y

The traditional premium brands are beginning to flood the EV crossover market with their own expressive styling, performance targets, and fresh designs and while Tesla deserves credit for igniting many of these hastened EV developments, the Model Y is no longer the freshest of designs. It is, however, in many ways, still setting the bar for EV expectations. So how does the new dedicated-EV BMW iX compare to the familiar Model Y?

What the BMW iX Gets Right

2023 BMW iX

Taking a step back from the extremely minimalist interior of the Model Y’s, the iX utilizes familiar controls as opportunities to exude a premium atmosphere. Luxurious materials paired with sleek and simplified features make the iX’s large curved screens (12.3-inches plus 14.9-inches) look even bigger than they already are.

The exterior’s design is much more polarizing and goes against styling convention while the Model Y, though not exactly good-looking, is unlikely to offend. Regardless of looks, the BMW is expected to have superior fit and finish which has been a consistent criticism of Tesla.

The BMW’s large battery pack (111.5 kWh) and powerful motors (especially in the M60 trim) allow the iX to accelerate to 60 mph in less than four seconds, however, the Model Y’s smaller size means that it can keep up. When the road gets twisty, the BMW seems poised to hold the advantage with optional all-wheel steering and decades of performance-car tuning know-how.

Read Our Overview of the BMW iX

What the Tesla Model Y Gets Right

2022 Tesla Model Y

Tesla is the undisputed king in terms of efficiency and range and the Model Y’s 326-mile range and 122 MPGe outperform the iX’s 324-mile range and 86 MPGe. That gap widens when we look at the respective performance trims with the Model Y achieving 303 miles and 111 MPGe vs. the iX’s 280 miles and 77 MPGe.

Tesla’s expansive fast-charging network also provides added convenience as the Model Y can charge up to 250 kW and “fill” its battery pack from 10-80 percent in about 22 minutes. The BMW relies on a less populated (but quickly growing) field of CCS-type DC fast-charging stations to quickly jump from 10-80 percent in about 35 minutes.

Both models are well equipped with premium conveniences such as heated synthetic leather power seats, a panoramic roof, proximity entry, and a power tailgate, although the Model Y does without CarPlay and Android Auto. Disappointingly, but typical of BMW, pricey option packages must be added to the iX to achieve a similar level of active driving aids found as standard equipment on the Model Y.

Read Our Overview of the Tesla Model Y

Need a spacious EV with value?

For many, the Model Y will seem like a bargain next to the iX, which has a starting price that is about $20,000 more. And while it may not be as large inside as the BMW, Tesla found a way to offer a third row, albeit for children, and features a front trunk - neither of which can be found in the BMW.

Our Verdict

With superior efficiency, better value, and an existing fast-charging network, the Tesla is the better choice for most. However, the BMW iX has the design wow factor that might make it worth the added entry cost for some.

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, Automotive Editor

After graduating from GMI with a bunch of other car geeks, Matt Pilgrim spent time in many areas of the auto industry - manufacturing, durability testing of prototypes, and collaborating with stylists to engineer exterior components for cars such as the NSX. Turning his attention to journalism, he brings together his engineering background and passion for cars and has written for several automotive publications and sites, including The Car Connection and his own site, Pilgrim Motor Press.


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