BMW

BMW X6 M ESTATE xDrive X6 M Competition 5dr Step Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph3.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2300 g/km

The third generation BMW X6 looks broadly similar to its predecessor, but don't be fooled by the lookalike silhouette. It's bigger, more powerful and more efficient than before. Love it or hate it, you have to respect a vehicle that's sold in such numbers and which has evolved into something rather special.

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BMW's controversial coupe-shaped SUV becomes more desirable in third generation guise. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

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The third generation BMW X6 looks broadly similar to its predecessor, but don't be fooled by the lookalike silhouette. It's bigger, more powerful and more efficient than before. Love it or hate it, you have to respect a vehicle that's sold in such numbers and which has evolved into something rather special.

Background

Has there been a more divisive car than BMW's X6 launched in the last decade? Possibly not. The original 'E71'-series first generation version debuted back in 2008 and the formula was pretty simple. It was basically an X5 with a coupe-style sloping back. Lots of people got very aerated about this, claiming that here was a car with the handling shortcomings of an SUV coupled with the limited practicality of a coupe; the worst of both worlds. But then the X6 sold and sold in serious numbers. In fact, BMW shifted more than a quarter of a million of the things before launching a smoother-looking 'F16'-series second generation model in 2014, which nearly doubled that sales tally before this MK3 'G06'-series version was introduced in mid-2019. It's got more competition now, thanks to the arrival of the Audi Q8, the Porsche Cayenne Coupe and a second generation version of the Mercedes GLE Coupe. Can this MK3 model X6 hold its own against cars as good as those?

Driving Experience

You've probably got used to the X6's shape by now and you'll also have got used to BMW's spectacularly cumbersome naming conventions for its SUVs. The X6 range consists of a couple of diesel versions and a couple of petrol variants. Most, as before, will want the xDrive 30d diesel derivative, which puts out 265hp, though BMW also expects a following for the faster M50d diesel, with its more potent 400hp version of the same 3.0-litre six cylinder unit. Your petrol options vary between a 340hp six cylinder xDrive 40i model and two top models that use different versions of BMW's 4.4-litre twin turbo V8, the 530hp M50i and the top, barnstorming 616hp X6 M. The X6 M can make 62mph in just 3.8s. Even the base xDrive30d diesel can do it in just 6.5s. All the engines come mated to a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox. And in every case, the ride remains on the rather firm side of comfortable. All variants have BMW's intelligent all-wheel-drive system which as usual has a rear-wheel bias. In situations that don't require all-wheel drive, power can be channelled entirely to the rear wheels in the interests of efficiency. The car's sporting attributes are aided by the electronically controlled M differential lock at the rear axle, available either individually as an option or as part of M Sport specification to deliver sharper handling. Added to which, the controlled locking function for the rear differential maximises traction and increases the car's ability to put down its power on rough ground. A feature of the optional xOffroad package, it also optimises traction on roads where grip levels vary between the right and left rear wheels by preventing a wheel with insufficient grip from spinning.

Design and Build

This MK3 X6 sits 6mm lower than its predecessor and is also 26mm longer and 15mm wider for a wider, more assured roadway stance. BMW reckons the X6 combines "the robust presence of a BMW Sports Activity Vehicle with the hallmark sporting elegance of the brand's Coupes to create an unmistakably athletic appearance". That might be the case if you consider an American football player or a pro-wrestler to be athletes. It's hefty. The silhouette looks much as before and the car squats over its wheels like Konishiki in the sumo circle. The initial shock at the car's styling has dissipated somewhat, and with the right colours and wheels, the X6 can even look quite handsome, the deeply sculpted flanks incorporating the Air Breathers which work better here than on a 4 Series Coupe. The cabin sits you high and commandingly and is much as it is in an X5. You get the same 12.3-inch screens for the instrument binnacle and the centre of the dash as are fitted to that car. And the same quality ambiance, with its supple leather upholstery and faultless build quality. Two adults can comfortably accommodated in the back. And there's a decently-sized 580-litre boot, expandable to 1,525-litres if you fold the rear seats.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £60,000 for the base xDrive 30d diesel variant with 265hp; there's also a 400hp M50d diesel version for just under £75,000. The petrol options start with the 340hp xDrive 40i. Then there's the M50i with 530hp for around £77,000. And the top X6 M with 616hp for around £113,000. As you'd expect given these premium asking prices, all variants get an extremely high standard of spec, including 'Vernasca' leather upholstery and ambient lighting. If you're looking at the xDrive 40i petrol or xDrive30d diesel variants that most customers choose, then you're almost certainly going to want to budget just under £5,000 more to upgrade from standard 'Sport' to more dynamic-looking 'M Sport'-spec we tried. As for interior features fitted across the range, well there's 'Vernasca' leather upholstery, ambient lighting and a HiFi loudspeaker system. Plus the brand's 'Live Cockpit Professional' package, which gives you a high-resolution instrument cluster behind the steering wheel with a screen diagonal of 12.3 inches and a 12.3-inch Control Display. This BMW Live Cockpit Professional also features an adaptive navigation system and a hard-drive-based multimedia system, along with two USB ports plus Bluetooth and WiFi. When it comes to options, you'll need to consider the 'Adaptive M suspension Professional' (anti-roll control), 'Integral Active Steering' (4-wheel steering) and 'M Sport differential' packages. Plus there's an optional 'xOffroad pack' that gives you a series of transmission and suspension settings for various different surfaces In terms of non-driving stuff, we'd want to look at the panoramic glass roof (83% larger than before); or even better, the huge Panorama glass 'Sky Lounge' roof.

Cost of Ownership

The X6 makes a great riposte to those who still rail against big, inefficient vehicles. While it would find it difficult to deny the charge based on size, it's anything but inefficient. All model variants now comply with the requirements of the latest EU6d-TEMP emissions standard. The system of emission control for the petrol engines includes a gasoline particulate filter, while the diesel models boast BMW BluePerformance technology comprising a particulate filter, an oxidation catalyst, a NOx adsorption catalyst and an SCR catalyst with AdBlue injection. As a result, the petrol xDrive40i delivers up to 35.3mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and NEDC CO2 emissions are up to 181g/km. The xDrive30d diesel returns a combined fuel consumption of up to 46.3mpg, equating to CO2 emissions of up to 159g/km. The M50d meanwhile, posts a combined fuel consumption of up to 40.9mpg and CO2 emissions of up to 181g/km. You'll need deeper pockets to run the petrol M50i variant of course; this delivers a combined fuel consumption of up to 27.2mpg and CO2 emissions of up to 237g/km What else might you need to know? Well, routine maintenance is dictated by 'Condition Based Servicing' that monitors oil level and engine wear, taking into account how long it's been and how far the car has travelled since its previous garage visit. You can check all of this using menus in the 'iDrive' centre-dash display and the car will give you four weeks' notice of when a check-up is needed so you have plenty of time to book it. To help plan ahead for the cost of regular work, at point of purchase you'll be offered a 'BMW Service Inclusive' package that lasts for three years and 36,000 miles.

Summary

When you pause to consider it, the BMW X6 shouldn't really have caused such controversy. It's a bit like getting hot under the collar about a 4 Series Coupe when you can buy a perfectly practical 3 Series Touring for less. They're not the same thing, the buyers aren't the same and BMW ought to be congratulated for having the savvy to spot this latent demand. Even if it's not your thing, and there are many who will put their hand up to that, the X6 deserves a certain measure of respect. This third generation model doesn't diverge too markedly from the template laid down by its predecessors. It's just better in every measurable regard; more powerful, more economical, quicker, bigger and less polluting. It's also built of superior materials, is arguably a bit better looking and comes with some tempting high-tech options. Admire it for what it is. The X6 isn't going away.

  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Variable intermittent rear wash/wipe
  • Front and rear electric windows with open and close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closing
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation and windscreen wiper control
  • Sun protection glazing

  • Brake fade compensation
  • Electromechanical parking brake with automatic drive away release and auto hold function
  • Hill start assistant
  • Front and rear brake discs with interior ventilation
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Integrated brake system
  • Brake drying
  • Braking pre-tensioning
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Electronic brake force distribution

  • Velour floormats

  • Adaptive M suspension professional

  • Enhanced bluetooth hands free facility with Telephony wireless charging

  • Parking assistance plus with ultrasound based assistance system, reversing assistant, lateral parking aid and surround view system
  • Front/rear park distance control (PDC)
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS) with Servotronic

  • Stop/start button
  • Automatic tailgate with top hinged section open and manual bottom hinged section

  • BMW Drive recorder
  • BMW legal emergency call
  • BMW digital live cockpit professional - 12.3" digital instrument panel and 12.3" CID, with touch/voice command
  • On board computer inc. average speed, fuel consumption, liquid crystal Info display, journey computer, outside temperature display, personal profile
  • BMW ConnectedDrive online services
  • BMW Head up display
  • 32GB hard disc drive (HDD) memory
  • Infinity symbol with line graphic on reset of average consumption
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • Brake force display
  • Run flat indicator
  • Service interval indicator
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Oil sensor for level and grade
  • iDrive touch controller with shortcut buttons
  • Wi-Fi hotspot

  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror

  • BMW Individual leather finished instrument panel

  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • High precision injection
  • Safety battery terminal clamp
  • Double VANOS
  • Turbocharger with Valvetronic
  • M xDrive system

  • DAB Tuner enables digital radio reception
  • BMW gesture control
  • Favourite buttons
  • USB connection, USB type A 1.5A in cupholder, USB Type C 3A in centre armrest

  • BMW Individual high gloss shadow line with extended contents
  • M Sport exhaust system
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • BMW Individual high gloss shadow line
  • Front and rear bumper system
  • X6 M competition badging on tailgate high gloss black right finished
  • Front and rear door sill strips

  • Follow me home headlight function
  • Dynamic brake lights with LED technology
  • Third brake light in rear spoiler
  • Welcome light carpet
  • LED rear lights
  • High beam assistant
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED fog lights

  • 4 zone control automatic air conditioning

  • Toolkit located in luggage compartment
  • Front and rear cupholders x 2
  • M leather steering wheel
  • Storage bins on all doors
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Securing rings in luggage compartment
  • Light inside glove compartment
  • Luggage compartment floor panel with integral storage tray
  • Multifunctional hooks
  • Storage tray and compartment with cover in centre console
  • Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trim
  • Lockable glove compartment
  • Multifunction controls for leather steering wheel
  • 12V - Power sockets with 2x centre console and 1x luggage compartment
  • Electrical steering column with adjustable height and length with activation and control on the steering column

  • Make-up mirror lights
  • Front reading lights
  • Luggage compartment lighting

  • Heated front comfort pack - X5/X6 M
  • Connected Package Professional - X6 M
  • Expanded exterior mirror pack - X6/X6 M
  • Ambient light interior pack - X5 M/ X6M

  • Front and rear M seatbelts stopper, seatbelt tensioner for front and outer rear seats and belt force limiter
  • Black M seatbelts with coloured M seam for all seats
  • Airbags - driver/front passenger, rear and side, first and second row seats head airbags, front passenger seat airbag deactivation + knee airbag
  • Active protection
  • Tyre pressure indicator
  • Three 3 point inertia reel seatbelts
  • Mechanical child proof lock on rear doors
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting + activation of safety battery terminal clamp
  • Deformation zones - front and rear with door reinforcements and bumpers up to 2.5 mph
  • Passive protection for pedestrians
  • Two tone horn
  • Side impact protection
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Front head restraints with anti-whiplash

  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Driver + front passenger lumbar support
  • Electric front seats with memory function
  • 3 rear headrests
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment with rear outer seats includes top tether
  • Seat back with flap pocket
  • Seat occupancy detection for driver and passenger side
  • M multifunctional driver and front Passenger seats

  • Driver and front passenger door centre lock switch
  • Closing system with central locking
  • Thatcham 1 alarm system with remote control and engine immobiliser
  • Vehicle key
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Comfort access system

  • M Sport differential
  • 8 speed automatic with steptronic transmission including auto hold function, launch control and gearshift paddles on the steering wheel

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Tyre repair kit

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 510
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 292
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 250
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 273
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 301
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 503
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 510
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 291
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 299
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 249
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 254
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 271
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 277
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 305
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 300
  • CO2 (g/km): 289
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders: 8
  • Cylinder Layout: V8
  • Number of Valves: 32
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Engine Code: S63B44T4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 88.3
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 89
  • CC: 4395

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 12.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 22.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 25.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 23.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 21.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 12.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 12.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 22.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 21.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 25.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 25.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 23.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 23.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 21.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 21.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 22.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 12.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 11
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 12
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 13.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 22.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 22.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 12.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 13.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 10.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 11.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 11.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 12.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 13.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 13.4

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 625
  • Badge Engine CC: 4.4
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 50E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: X6 M Competition
  • Coin Description: N

  • Engine Power - BHP: 625
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 3.8
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Power - KW: 460
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 553
  • Engine Torque - NM: 750
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1800
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 76.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Rear: 315/30 R22
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 22" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 295/35 R21
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: STYLE 818M

  • Width (including mirrors): 2212
  • Height: 1692
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4941
  • Width: 2019
  • Wheelbase: 2972

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2295
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 3000
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 83
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 580
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 3000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 705
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1530
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.8

  • Acoustic glazing: £0

  • M Compound brake in high gloss red: Included
  • M Compound brake in high gloss blue: £0
  • M Compound brake in high gloss black: £0

  • Speed limiting function: Included
  • Cruise control with brake function: Included

  • Body colour mirror housing: Included
  • M Carbon mirror caps: £895

  • BMW Individual fine wood trim ash grain silver grey highgloss: £560
  • BMW Individual interior trim finishers piano finish black: £560
  • Carbon fibre interior trim finishers: £1,095
  • Aluminium crossline interior trim finishers: Included

  • TV function plus including digital reception with CI+ card reader, operation by iDrive Touch controller and integral roof aerial: £0
  • Rear seat entertainment - Professional: £0
  • Harman/Kardon surround sound system: Included
  • Bowers & Wilkins diamond surround sound system: £3,995

  • Sky Lounge panoramic glass sunroof: £2,440
  • BMW Individual high gloss black shadow line roof rails: £355
  • M Carbon rear spoiler: £895
  • Special Metallic paint: £1,095
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Solid paint: £0
  • M Carbon engine cover: £1,025

  • Adaptive LED Headlights: Included
  • BMW Laserlights: £0

  • Roller sunblind for rear side windows: £265
  • BMW Individual full merino leather upholstery: £0
  • Additional BMW Individual full Merino leather upholstery: £495
  • Soft close function for doors: £0
  • BMW individual Alcantara headlining: £0
  • Full leather Merino/Alcantara upholstery: Included
  • BMW Individual headliner anthracite alcantara: Included
  • Cupholder temperate: £0

  • Luggage compartment pack - X6/X6 M: £315
  • Visibility pack - X6/X6 M: £1,500
  • Ambient air pack - X5/X6 M: £0
  • Driving assistant pack - X5/X6 M: Included
  • M Driver pack - X5/X6 M: £2,095
  • Comfort plus pack - X6 M: £2,995
  • Entertainment pack - X5 M/X6 M: £2,995
  • Driving Assistant Professional Pack when bought with Donington grey -X6 M: £1,650
  • Driving Assistant Professional Pack -X6 M: £1,650
  • Technology plus pack - X6 M: £4,995

  • Metallic - Manhattan: £0
  • Metallic - Donington grey: £0
  • Metallic - Carbon black: £0
  • Metallic - Marina Bay blue: £0
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £0
  • Metallic - Mineral white: £0
  • Metallic - Toronto Red: £0

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • Special metallic paint - Dravit grey: £1,095
  • Special metallic paint - Tanzanite blue: £1,095
  • Special metallic paint - Ametrine: £1,095

  • Front and rear seat heating: £0
  • Active front seat ventilation: £0
  • Massage function for front seats: £0
  • Driver and front passenger seat heating: Included

  • Trailer tow hitch: £995

  • Full leather Merino/Alcantara - Black/contrast stitching midrand beige with black: £0
  • BMW individual full Merino leather - Black/Black: £0
  • Additional BMW individual full Merino leather - Ivory white/Night blue with black: £495
  • BMW individual full Merino leather - Silverstone/Black: £0
  • BMW individual full Merino leather - Sakhir orange/Black: £0
  • BMW individual full Merino leather - Adelaide grey/Black: £0
  • BMW individual full Merino leather - Taruma brown/Black: £0

  • 21" front / 22" rear M light alloy wheels style 818 M bi-colour with mixed tyres: Included
  • 21" front / 22" rear M light alloy wheels style 809 M bi-colour with mixed tyres: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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