In-depth Reviews

BMW X6 SUV

"The BMW X6 was the original coupe-SUV, and it's been reinvented with even more power and luxury"

Carbuyer Rating

3.6 out of 5

Used car deals

Pros

  • Straight-line performance
  • Updated interior
  • Great infotainment

Cons

  • Expensive to run
  • No plug-in hybrid
  • Reduced boot space

The coupe-SUV might still seem like a daring new niche, but the original BMW X6, widely considered the first car of this type, was launched way back in 2008. Almost half-a-million cars later, BMW's experiment can safely be deemed a sales success, and its all-new replacement updates the recipe with fresh ingredients.

As before, the X6 is a sister car to the BMW X5, sharing its front end and even a new (and optional) illuminated grille, but departing from the more conventional model as you trace its roofline backwards. In exchange for a few thousand pounds extra and a slight reduction in practicality, the roofline slashes downwards for dramatic effect.

Even as the number of competitors it faces has increased, an X6 will still get you noticed, yet inside there's plenty of space - even in the back - and the same great dashboard layout as the X5. This boasts the latest digital displays for the instruments and iDrive infotainment system, along with quality materials and standard leather upholstery. Of course, you can also spend a small fortune on optional extras, including a panoramic glass roof that's almost twice as big as before.

Engines are all 3.0-litres in capacity or larger and even the entry-level 30i petrol and 30d diesel models mean the X6 is as fast as a hot hatch. Representing a big step up in performance and price, there's the M50d and M50i, with 395 and 523bhp respectively, but they cost more than £70,000. BMW's xDrive four-wheel-drive system and an eight-speed automatic gearbox are standard across the range, and the 'M' badged cars can get from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds and 4.3 seconds respectively.

Further up the X6 model range, the xDrive40i is a competent performer providing a decent level of comfort on UK roads, with strong performance from its 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine and eight-speed automatic gearbox.

At the top of the standard X6 line-up, the M50i is fitted with advanced air suspension and it's main party trick is the awe-inspiring levels of acceleration it exhibits for such a big SUV. The BMW never quite threatens the class-leading Porsche Cayenne Coupe in the handling stakes, but it is a comfortable cruiser, taking the edge off most bumps effectively.

As a standalone flagship model, the X6 M Competition is a superb example of how BMW’s ‘M Division’ can transform an already fast SUV into one that can match supercars for pace. It’s capable of matching the Audi RS Q8 for pace, sprinting from 0-62mph in just 3.8 seconds - a considerable feat for a car that weighs well over two tonnes.

Most Popular

Cupra Formentor SUV review
Cupra Formentor SUV front 3/4 cornering
Cupra Formentor
13 Oct 2020

Cupra Formentor SUV review

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback: base model starts at under £30k
Volkswagen ID.3 - front 3/4 view - 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show
Volkswagen ID.3
14 Oct 2020

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback: base model starts at under £30k

Audi Q8 gains plug-in hybrid versions with 28-mile electric range
Audi Q8
14 Oct 2020

Audi Q8 gains plug-in hybrid versions with 28-mile electric range

More on X6

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe revealed
2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe front driving
Mercedes GLE Coupe SUV
18 Feb 2020

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe revealed

Hot 603bhp Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe will take on BMW X6 M and Porsche Cayenne Coupe this spring
New BMW X6 makes its public debut
2020 BMW X6 - RH 3/4 static view
BMW X6 SUV
10 Sep 2019

New BMW X6 makes its public debut

Facelifted BMW X6 features a subtle redesign and a light-up grille
BMW X6 SUV (2014-2019)
BMW X6 SUV
20 Aug 2019

BMW X6 SUV (2014-2019)

"Its styling divides opinion, but there’s no denying the BMW X6 offers impressive performance, a great driving experience and serious road presence"
BMW X6 M SUV (2015-2019)
BMW X6 M SUV
20 Aug 2019

BMW X6 M SUV (2015-2019)

“The BMW X6 M is a coupe version of the hugely powerful BMW X5 M SUV. With polarising looks, it’s less practical than that car, but just as good to dr…
Diesel Audi SQ8 muscles in
Audi SQ8 SUV front 3/4 tracking
Audi Q8
21 Jun 2019

Diesel Audi SQ8 muscles in

The Audi SQ8 arrives in September to challenge the BMW X6 M50d
2019 BMW X6 spotted testing in camouflage
BMW
8 Mar 2019

2019 BMW X6 spotted testing in camouflage

BMW X6 SUV will be available as a plug-in hybrid for the first time
BMW X5 Special Edition and X6 Sport Edition announced
BMW X5
11 Oct 2017

BMW X5 Special Edition and X6 Sport Edition announced

Limited-run BMW X5 and X6 SUVs get the special edition treatment
Mercedes GLE Coupe unveiled
Mercedes M-Class SUV
12 Jan 2015

Mercedes GLE Coupe unveiled

Mercedes uses Detroit to unveil its new BMW X6 rival – the Mercedes GLE
BMW X6 SUV (2009-2014)
BMW X6 SUV
29 Aug 2014

BMW X6 SUV (2009-2014)

“The BMW X6 is a mixes all the qualities of coupe, hatchback and SUV. It’s luxurious and desirable, but comes with a few compromises.”
New BMW X6 release date & specs confirmed
BMW X6 SUV
5 Jun 2014

New BMW X6 release date & specs confirmed

Second generation of BMW's largest and fastest SUV will go on sale in December
BMW X4 2014 price, release date & specs
BMW X3 SUV
23 Apr 2014

BMW X4 2014 price, release date & specs

The new BMW X4 SUV gets coupe looks and four-wheel drive
BMW X4 2014 price & release date
BMW X3 SUV
22 Nov 2013

BMW X4 2014 price & release date

All the latest information on the BMW X4, due to be launched in 2014