BMW X6

4/5
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Verdict

When the BMW X6 was first released fans and motor journalists alike wondered what this machine was all about. This is a mixture between an SUV and a coupé. BMW call it a Sports Activity Vehicle or a Sports Activity Coupé. The X6 is unconventional in appearance but that hasn’t put some people off buying it. Believe it or not, this is proving to have a cult audience around the globe. The second generation brought with it many improvements which may be one of the reasons for its success.

Performance

The X6 is built on the X5 and uses much of the same DNA. Under the bonnet you will find either a very powerful 4.4 litre engine that offers 449 bhp, or one of three diesel engines. The X6 xDrive30dE offers 258 bhp, torque of 560Nm at between 1,500 & 3,000rpm, a top speed of 230 km/h and 0-100km/h in just 6.7 seconds. Also in diesel is a 3.0 litre engine that offers 313 bhp. The X6 M50d’s 3.0 litre engine offers 381 bhp and according to BMW it will bring you from 0-100 km/h in just 5.2 seconds.

Ride & Handling

Like the X5, the X6 is an impressive drive that feels almost car-like. This is a very heavy machine that ways over 2,000kg, so it’s surprising how well it tackles bends in the road and how it doesn’t suffer by way of body roll.

The X6 operates a capable-enough four-wheel drive system. This will certainly do the trick for most Irish road and weather conditions.

Refinement

There is a slight amount of road noise from the wing mirrors because, like on the X5, they are large and bumpy. Apart from that, the vehicles is well-padded and insulated appropriately. The inside of this coupé-like car is very refined. The diesel engines can be loud when accelerating to motorway speed, but everything evens out nicely once you get cruising.

Quality & Reliability

As with most BMW products, the interior of the X6 is of excellent quality. While the instrument cluster and the infotainment system is directed mainly at the driver, passengers seem to be a big focus for BMW in this model. Everything is easy to use and very comfortable. The X6 is brilliantly equipped in terms of technical comforts like cruise control, SATNAV and heated seats.

Safety & Security

There are many driver aids available as standard with the X6 including, headlight wash, first aid kit & triangle, a Thatcham 1 alarm system, park distance control (rear and front) and night vision with pedestrian recognition. If you want further equipment you have to pay extra for items like the lane change warning system, and for adaptive LED headlights you will have to fork out a further €2,427.16.

Space & Practicality

The X6 is a very large machine, but because of the sloped coupé-like roof to the rear, headroom in the back seat is not amazing. The boot of the vehicle is also awkward because the height suffers from the sloped roof. This same roof line also leads to slight visibility issues from the driver’s seat.

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Key Facts

Make

BMW

Model
X6
Variant
X6 xDrive30d M Sport
Car Category
SUV
First year of model production
2014
Engine (L)
3.0
Gearbox Type
Automatic
Gears
8 Speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
Coupe
Price New
€93,750
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€570
Tax Band
D
Average L/100 km
6.0
Average km/L
16.7
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
85
Fuel Tank Range
1417 km
Cost of filling a tank
€103.62
Average Cost Per 200 km
€14.63
CO2 emmissions
159 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6 g/km

Performance

Brake Horsepower
258 bhp
Max Power kW
192
Displacement - CC (Engine)
2993
Engine Cylinders
6
Engine Position
Front, longitudinal
Number of valves
4
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
250 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
6.7 s
Town KPG
6.70 L
EC Extra Urban (KPG)
5.50 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Coupe
Doors
4
Seats
5
Boot capacity
580 L
Automatic Parking
Available as optional extra
Bluetooth
Yes
Cruise Control
Yes
Folding Rear Seats
Yes
Front Cup Holders
Yes
Height Adjustable Seats
Yes
Parking Sensors
Available as optional extra
Power Steering
Yes
Rear Cup Holders
Available as optional extra
Reversing Camera
Available as optional extra
USB Connectivity
Yes

Warranty

All Components
2 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
2 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year bodywork warranty
Paintwork
3 Year paint warranty
Mileage
No distance limit

Safety

Hill Hold Assist System
Yes

What Experts Say

Auto Express
The second-generation BMW X6 is still a niche car, but the improvements have boosted its appeal.
Top Gear
Compared with last year’s X6, the new car’s sheet-metal has more deep creases and feature lines, thereby tackling the desperately difficult task of making it look smaller. But they just make it even uglier.
What Car
The BMW X6 is superb to drive, blending strong acceleration with the agility of a sports saloon. The four-seat layout and high prices count against it, though.

Interior Comfort

Air Conditioning
Yes

Dimensions

Boot capacity
580 L
Wheels
All wheel drive (4x4)
Tyre size front
255/50 R19 mm
Tyre size back
255/50 R19 mm
Rim size
9J x 19; 10J x 19; 10J x 20; 11J x 20 mm
Length
4909 mm
Width
1989 mm
Height
1702 mm
Wheel Base
2933 mm
Front Track (mm)
1702
Rear Track (mm)
1706
Kerb weight
2140 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
2780
Turning circle (m)
12.8

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, longitudinal
Fuel Delivery
Diesel Commonrail
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Ventilated discs
Steering
Steering rack
Power
258 bhp