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heycar review

      Launch year
      2019
      Body type
      SUV
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Controversial, luxurious, good to drive

Best bits

  • More cohesive styling
  • Superb interior
  • Still drives extremely well

Not so great

  • Haters still gonna hate
  • Bigger than ever
  • Pricier than ever, too

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Overall verdict

"The latest BMW X6 makes a more convincing case for itself than ever. Sorry, diehard traditionalists, but even though you may hate the styling, you can’t deny the coupe curves are convincing. Also, the interior is spot-on, engines are good and the handling is impressive."

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The BMW X6 has been a controversial car ever since it was first launched back in 2008. Traditionalists reacted strongly to its ‘coupe SUV’ design, which comprised a swooping and, yes, coupe-like rear roofline atop a regular premium SUV. Now into its third generation, launched as an all-new model in 2019, the X6 is still a car enthusiasts love to hate.


Customers think differently. BMW has sold almost half a million X6s in the space of 12 years, and its growing number of rivals proves this sector has plenty of appeal. As the market for traditional coupes fades, so the idea of combining their sleek lines with the must-have SUV body style only seems to grow in appeal.


Certainly, this is the most convincing BMW X6 yet. It looks less like a BMW X5 with a plunging rear end and more like a high-rise, high-impact coupe in its own right. The roofline has real drama, falling backwards before it even reaches the back of the front door, for a very distinctive and unique silhouette out on the road.


The front end is very ‘modern BMW’, with a massive grille and bold headlights. Rather bizarrely, BMW will even sell you an illuminated grille, as if the sheer size of it were not enough.


Inside, the X6 also wears the latest BMW layout, with bigger displays, fewer buttons and a fully electronic panel instead of traditional instruments ahead of the driver. We like the fact it feels more coupe-like to sit in, with a less ‘perched’ driving position. It still offers the desirably lofty view out, though, so X6 drivers can lord it over lesser mortals.


Despite the roofline, it’s surprisingly roomy for up to five people, even if the alternative X5 is bigger and more practical still. The coupe rear deck does mean boot space is smaller, but the sheer size of the thing means it’s still surprisingly accommodating – so long as you don’t need to pack in anything too bulky.


BMW currently only offers petrol and diesel engines with the latest X6. All of them are turbocharged and the best-seller is certain to be the 3.0-litre six-cylinder xDrive30d, now producing a healthy 286PS. The petrol alternative is also a six-cylinder, the 340PS xDrive40i. At the top of the line-up are two M Performance versions: the 400PS M50d and 530PS M50i. A plug-in hybrid version follows later.


It goes without saying that the X6 is an expensive car, with new prices starting from almost £65,000 in the UK. And it won’t take long on the configurator to notch that up to considerably more. However, it seems more realistic to spend big on this latest generation of X6, because it’s so much more cohesive and convincing.


Read on to learn how this X6 has come on in leaps and bounds, and why you might want to consider BMW’s entry into the premium SUV coupe sector.

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xDrive30d M Sport 5dr Step Auto

  • 2020
  • 15,188 miles
  • Vertu BMW Malton
  • North Yorkshire, YO176TB
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  • 2017
  • 39,633 miles

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Is the BMW X6 right for you?

One of the draws of the BMW X6 has always been its distinctive styling, and BMW has turned up the dial further with this one. It’s more distinctive than ever, with its in-your-face front end, and the coupe roofline seems to work better than any previous X6. It looks less hunched and more free-flowing.


It’s very luxurious inside, reflecting how BMW has upped its game with car interiors, and the array of electronic displays is certainly a talking point (even if they are less intuitive than BMW systems used to be). We like how the X6 now feels more coupe-like, and love the impressive amount of space BMWs still been able to pack inside. For this alone, we can see why you’d choose it over a regular coupe.

What’s the best BMW X6 model/engine to choose?

The BMW X6 is so good, you don’t need anything more than the entry-level xDrive30d diesel engine. With 286PS, it’s more than powerful enough, and even this model will hit 62mph in 6.5 seconds. It doesn’t sound too diesel-like and always has enough in reserve.


The petrol-powered xDrive40i is a more convincing alternative than old non-diesel X6. It’s basically the same engine used in some smaller high-performance BMWs and, with 340PS plus a smooth engine note, it’s a good choice for those who don’t want a diesel.


BMW doesn’t bother with ‘un-sporty’ X6 models these days: it’s just Sport or M Sport. You’re fine with Sport, but M Sport is very tempting for not that much extra on top.

What other cars are similar to the BMW X6?

Large SUV coupes have become quite a thing since BMW invented the sector more than a decade ago with the original X6. Today, we have the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, Audi Q8 and even a Porsche Cayenne Coupe. It’s a growing sector, much to the annoyance of enthusiasts.


Land Rover might argue it was a pioneer here with the Range Rover Sport, but while it’s good looking, it doesn’t have the plunging coupe roofline that characterises these vehicles. Also, Land Rover actually canned a more recent attempt at making a genuine coupe SUV.

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BMW X6 Interior

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