The BMW X6 is an opulent SUV with sports-car-like handling but is this enough to get past those challenging looks, we find out
What is it? The X6 is a super sized coupe that handles like a performance car. Think of it as a BMW X5 on steroids!
Who is it aimed at? The original X6 was aimed at the successful forty something business person who yearned for a more sporty driving experience. Certainly it is unlikely to tempt families but we are pretty certain that the X6 will appeal to a wide mix of people who are not in the conventional four-wheel-drive market.
Styling The X6 continues to divide opinion and the new version is still as bold a design statement as it first was. It’s muscular, prominent, aggressive and has a colossal road presence but we remain unconvinced that this is a good looking car; striking and distinctive yes but attractive no.
Under the Bonnet Our test car was powered by the 3.0-litre diesel that delivers enough power to propel this enormous chunk of metal to 100km in a mere 7.5 seconds. It has a top speed of 222km.
What’s it like Inside The interior is as luxurious as you would expect and it oozes style from every angle. The sloping roof restricts headroom and space in the rear. Rear vision is also hampered so you really have to be aware of blind spots but parking sensors and a rear camera make it a doodle to squeeze into tight spots.
On the Road
Put your foot to the floor and instantly it is smooth and the response quick. The driving position is commanding, and the road simply disappears beneath its enormous wheels. Despite its colossal proportions it is the sheer agility of the X6 that impresses and it feels rock-solid on any bend.
Safety The X6 has not yet been tested by the EuroNCAP but there is no reason to doubt it will be afforded the top rating. It comes equipped with all of BMW’s best electronic wizardry designed to help you avoid accidents in the first place.
Fuel Economy Surprisingly, the X6 is quite a frugal thing. Our test proved pretty close to the official average of 7.4 litres per 100km. But with CO2 emissions of 195 g/km it comes with a hefty annual motor tax bill of €1,129.
Verdict: On paper it is hard to justify the X6, it is an expensive four seater offering less functionality than an X5 but costing more. It is big, opulent and indulgent but you’ll love every minute spent in it. The X5 makes far more sense as a family car but despite its failings the X6 was one car we had to be prised out of when the time came to give it back.
Why you’ll buy one? Impressive power figures; Driving Dynamics; the Prada of SUVs
Why you won’t? Questionable usefulness; Bulbous proportions; Expensive
Mercedes-Benz GL 350 Bluetec €121,195
Range Rover Sport TDV6 HSE €80,710
Porsche Cayenne €85,575
BMW X6 XDrive 30d
Engine : 2993 cc diesel engine putting out 180kW(245bhp) and 540Nm of torque between 1750 – 3000 rpm
Max speed : 222km
0-100km/h : 7.5 seconds
Emissions (motor tax) 195 g/km
Starting price: €82,010
Model price range: €82,010 – €158,640 ( Test car €88,418.58*)
No of Doors: 5 doors
Euro NCAP: Not tested
Fuel type: Diesel
Fuel Economy: 7.4 litres per 100km
Boot Capacity: 570 litres (1450 litres)
* additional options included 19’ Double Spoke style 424 Alloy Wheels €605.62, Running boards Aluminium €516.56, Reversing Assist Camera with top view €944.06, Ext mirrors – folding, auto diming €436.41, Seat heating front €543.28, Third Seat rear €445.32, Adaptive LED headlights €2965.77, High beam Assistant €231.57, Sun Protection Glass €569.99
8th August, 2012