- Unique styling
- Powerful engines
- Fun to drive
- Not as practical as X5
- Expensive to buy
- High running costs
Uniquely designed 4x4 that handles like a sports car.
The BMW X6, first introduced in 2009, and now in its second generation, is one of the most divisively designed cars on the road. Combining the sleek lines of a coupe, with the muscular body shape of an SUV, the X6 is certainly unique. The coupe influences are most apparent when you’re behind the wheel. The X6 is easily one of the best handling SUVs on the market. Unfortunately, the swooping roof does restrict practicality somewhat in terms of passenger space, though luggage capacity compares well with rivals. It’s not cheap to buy or run, but if you want an SUV that stands out from the crowd, the X6 will surely do that.
In 2014 the X6 underwent a complete redesign, improving practicality, and introducing an all-new eight speed automatic gearbox.
Luxurious interior with sporty trim.
BMW is a brand that is known for its excellent interiors. The X6 is no different. High quality is on show in almost every area. It’s not as practical as some SUVs, but you will get plenty of equipment for your money.
The dashboard design of the X6 is remarkably similar to the X5, but with a few sporty additions. That means it’s a modern, clean, and driver-focused aesthetic, topped off by a classy three pronged steering wheel. As you’d expect for a car that costs as much as the X6, material quality is excellent. Plush soft-touch materials feature across the cabin, with no area compromising the feeling of luxury. Controls are logically laid out, and easy to use, though it might take some buyers a while to get used to the excellent iDrive infotainment system.
Though the X6 isn’t the least practical car in the world, it isn’t quite as practical as some of the other cars in the luxury SUV class. The main issue is passenger space in the rear. Legroom is fine, and you can fit three adults abreast without too much bother. But due to the X6’s sloping roofline, headroom is fairly limited. The 580 litre boot capacity is pretty impressive however, with more than enough space for a full family’s worth of travel luggage, or even a full set of golf clubs if that’s your thing.
Equipment levels in the X6 are impressive no matter which model you go for. The entry-level SE trim comes with more kit than you can shake a stick at. You’ll get adaptive cruise control, automatic lights and wipers, sat nav, heated leather seats, alloy wheels, and xenon headlights. M Sport trim adds a body kit, bigger alloy wheels, and sportier interior trim.
Overall the inside of the X6 is a pretty solid package. The interior is a great balance of class, sportiness, and quality. Practicality is decent as well, though the rear seats aren’t great for adults. But no matter which X6 you go for, you won’t feel short-changed when you see the kit list.
One of the best handling SUVs on the market.
If there’s one area in which the X6 really excels, it’s the fun it offers behind the wheel. The X6 might be an SUV that weighs over two tonnes, but it handles like a true sports car. The steering is accurate and precise, whilst the four wheel drive system makes it grippy through the corners. Cars equipped with the adjustable dynamic suspension are even more poised out on twisty country lanes. All models keep body roll well contained, especially for an SUV. If you want the safety of an SUV, but you still want to have fun, the X6 ticks all the boxes.
Suspension and Chassis
Though the X6 is undoubtedly a fun car to drive, it isn’t the most comfortable car in its class. The stiff suspension setup is perhaps a little too stiff for an SUV. The X6 particularly struggles over loose surfaces, sending little thuds through into the cabin. It’s not uncomfortable, but a Range Rover Sport rides better on British roads. Wind noise is fairly well contained however, though road noise is noticeable when at speed. It’s certainly not the most refined motorway cruiser in the class.
Gearbox options in the X6 come only in one guise. No matter which model you plump for you’re going to get a superb dual-clutch eight-speed automatic. It’s truly one of the best on the market. With smooth gear changes, it’s also incredibly quick to respond when you need a quick burst of acceleration. And you can manually change gear if you want to get a bit more involved on your Sunday drive.
Diesels are the pick of the bunch.
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your X6, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. There are three diesels, and two petrols in the range. Diesels will best suit the majority of drivers, though the M model provides thrills for petrolheads.
If it’s all-out power that you want from your X6, the standout engine in the range is the 4.4 litre twin-turbo V8 in the M model. It produces a whopping 567bhp, and will slingshot you from 0-62mph in a supercar-slaying 4.2 seconds. It’s even quicker than BMW’s own M5 super saloon. When you consider that the X6 is actually a huge SUV, it feels unbelievably quick when you’re behind the wheel. This model is the most expensive however, and it isn’t going to be cheap to run day-to-day.
Eco-friendly buyers don’t usually look at luxury SUVs for their next car, and it’s easy to see why looking at the range of engines in the X6. The greenest is the diesel powered 30d. Despite being the best on offer, it still produces 159g/km of CO2 emissions; disappointing, even for this class of car. Money-savers should be pretty happy with this model however. Though it will cost £185 in road tax each year, fuel economy of up to 47mpg is pretty impressive for a luxury SUV.
Whichever engine you go for in your X6, you’re unlikely to be disappointed, so long as you don’t care too much about saving the planet. All of the engines offer plenty of power, whilst fuel efficiency is pretty decent, so long as you stick to the diesel models.
Not yet tested by NCAP, but comes with plenty of safety features.
The BMW X6 hasn’t yet been tested by NCAP, but BMW cars generally scored very highly, achieving the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating across the board. When you consider the safety features that come with the X6, it’s unlikely that the X6 would achieve anything less. All models come equipped with a full set of airbags, including curtain airbags, electronic stability control, lane departure warning, and a system that calls the emergency services if you do get into a spot of bother. The added assurance of four wheel drive also means that you’ll be a lot safer in wet and wintry conditions.
Solid value for money, as long as you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation.
The BMW X6 is not a cheap car to buy by any stretch of the imagination. But that’s to be expected, this is a premium SUV after all. Running costs are however pretty competitive. Though road tax won’t be cheap, no matter which model you go for, running costs are relatively low. This does vary between model to model, but if you stick to diesel power, the X6 shouldn’t cost more to run than any of its competitors.
Insurance groups for the X6 again depend on which model you go for. All models are going to be pretty expensive however. The cheapest model in the range is the xDrive30d SE Step Auto, which is in group 41, whilst the most expensive is the supercar-slaying xDrive X6 M, which is in the highest group 50.
Depreciation is a factor to consider with the BMW X6, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
One of the main selling points of the BMW X6 is its unique styling. That alone will have a lot of buyers flocking to the forecourts. But it has a lot more than that to offer. It’s easily one of the funnest cars in its class to drive, whilst it also packs a range of punchy engines. One thing you’ll have to ask yourself is: is it worth sacrificing the practicality you’d get from and X5, for the head-turning aesthetics? Especially when the X6 costs more to buy from new. Alternatively, why not buy a used X6 and not have to suffer the additional costs? There are certainly some excellent used X6’s on the market…
Buying a used BMW X6 online with Carspring
If you’re after a used BMW X6 for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used X6. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used BMW X6 online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used BMW? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used BMW X6, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used X6, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used BMW to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.