Review

BMW X6 SUV

Price  £51,810 - £67,860

BMW X6 SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Diesels mix power with economy
  • Fun to drive for a large SUV
  • Very luxurious inside
Cons
  • Not exactly pretty
  • Ride is firm in Sport mode
  • Not as spacious as the BMW X5

At a glance

The greenest
xDrive30d SE 5dr £51,815
The cheapest
xDrive30d SE 5dr £51,815
The fastest
xDrive50i SE 5dr £63,740
Top of the range
xDrive50i M Sport 5dr £67,875

"The BMW X6 keeps the old model's unique styling and excellent driving experience, but fuel economy has improved by up to 20% and the interior is more spacious compared to the old model."

The BMW X6 was one of the first cars to blend sleek coupe-like looks with the raised body of an SUV. After several years on sale, it still only really has one direct equivalent: the Mercedes GLE Coupe. However, people looking at buying an X6 will probably also be considering cars like the Range Rover Sport and Porsche Cayenne – and even the X6's sister model, the BMW X5.

If you want a proper off-roader, look elsewhere. The X6 is definitely a car that's more at home on tarmac than the rough stuff. Yes, it has a four-wheel drive, but the system is more about better cornering performance and increased grip in the wet than scrabbling up steep inclines. The upshot is that the X6 is surprisingly good fun to drive for such a large and seemingly unwieldy car.

As with most BMWs, the X6's engine range is one of its biggest selling points. Buyers have a choice between the meaty 50i petrol model and one of two diesels – both of which blend strong performance with impressive fuel economy. The entry-level 30d diesel model accounts for the vast majority of X6 sales in the UK, as it's more than sufficient for most needs.

The first-generation X6 was a strict four-seater, with two ‘armchairs’ in the back. But this latest model has a proper ‘bench’ rear seat, so it can accomodate five adults in comfort. It also has a bigger boot than before, but the more conventionally shaped X5 remains a much better choice if you regularly carry lots of luggage.

The X6 has large amounts of both standard and optional equipment. Available kit includes heated front seats, classy ambient interior lighting, lane-departure warning and automatic emergency braking. All X6s come with BMW's eCall system, which can automatically rely vital information to the emergency services after a crash. Other toys include on-board internet access, voice recognition and sat nav.

Trim levels are SE and M Sport (each offering the choice of two diesel and one petrol engine), while there's also a range-topping M50d (diesel) and X6 M (petrol) high-performance models.

MPG, running costs & CO2

2.9 / 5

Diesel BMW X6 offers surprising economy, but petrol engine's running costs are high

Engines, drive & performance

4.1 / 5

The BMW X6 rivals the Porsche Cayenne as a fun-to-drive SUV

Interior & comfort

4.1 / 5

Stiff suspension in Sport mode, but on the whole the BMW X6 is extremely comfortable

Practicality & boot space

3.6 / 5

The BMW X6 now has space for three in the back, plus a bigger boot

Reliability & safety

4.1 / 5

The BMW X6 offers excellent build quality and comes packed full of safety features

What the others say

4 / 5
based on 2 reviews
4 / 5
"We drive the V8-powered BMW X6 xDrive50i - currently the fastest and most expensive X6 you can buy."
4 / 5
"We drive the V8-powered BMW X6 xDrive50i - currently the fastest and most expensive X6 you can buy."
Last updated 
7 Jan 2016
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