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BMW X6 SUV - Reliability & safety

Despite its glowing image, BMW's customers ranked the brand near the bottom of our survey

Carbuyer Rating

3.6 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

3.5 out of 5

BMW has an impressive reputation for its engineering and technology but owners weren’t bowled over in our most recent Driver Power survey. That could be because cars like the X6 are very complex, featuring a myriad of electrical systems and components.

BMW X6 reliability

Despite its models feeling tough and beautifully designed, parent company BMW was only placed 27th out of 30 manufacturers in our 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. A significant 20.4% of customers told us they had reported at least one fault in the first year, although most of them were not of the type to leave you stranded at the roadside.

Safety

The BMW X6 is fitted with autonomous emergency braking that first alerts the driver when an object, pedestrian or cyclist is detected in the car's path. As an option, active cruise control is also offered, with the ability to bring the car to a halt and set off again within 30 seconds. Lane change assistant also makes swapping lanes on the motorway less stressful, with a simple nudge of the indicator stalk steering the car into the adjacent lane when it's safe to do so.

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