The BMW X6 has been handled to an replace.
The adjustments are refined on the skin, however underneath the pores and skin the brand new mannequin picks up a raft of massive adjustments.
Underneath the bonnet, the inline-six engine includes a extra refined mild-hybrid system than earlier than, designed to supply extra efficiency and higher gas financial system than earlier than.
Inside, there’s a brand new dual-screen infotainment system and a flashier vary of trim choices that deliver the X6 into line with newer, costlier members of the BMW vary.
Talking of costlier although, costs are up throughout the X6 line-up for 2024. Is the unique nonetheless the very best coupe-crossover?
How does the BMW X6 fare vs its rivals?
View an in depth breakdown of the BMW X6 in opposition to equally sized automobiles.
The BMW X6 xDrive40i on take a look at right here is $4000 costlier than the bottom 30d; the pair have completely different engines however the identical checklist of ordinary tools.
It undercuts its nearest rival, the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4Matic Coupe ($156,470) by simply over of $10,000. The Audi Q8 55 TFSI S line Dynamic Black is cheaper nonetheless, with a beginning worth of $140,069 earlier than on-roads.
2024 BMW X6 pricing:
- BMW X6 xDrive30d: $140,900
- BMW X6 xDrive40i: $144,900
- BMW X6 M60i: $178,900
Costs embrace LCT however exclude on-road prices
Engine apart, the largest adjustments to the BMW X6 have come behind the wheel.
The twin-screen infotainment system has been lifted from the 7 Collection and i7, and is a showstopper with wealthy graphics and lightning fast responses.
You’re capable of management it utilizing contact, the rotary controller on the transmission tunnel, and Hey BMW voice prompts, and the entire animations are lovingly rendered. It’ll make anybody who at all times has an iPad or telephone of their hand really feel proper at dwelling, though older homeowners might take some time to dial into what’s required right here.
BMW has already given the software program within the X6 an replace because it debuted, in a bid to make it less complicated to make use of. The replace has improved issues, however it’s nonetheless attainable to get misplaced within the maze of vibrant icons. It’s additionally more durable to do sure issues, like adjusting the airflow course, than it was earlier than.
Past the expertise, the basics are wonderful. The entrance seats are generously padded and provide acres of adjustment for very tall or very brief drivers, and every part you contact seems and feels costly.
The brand new backlit dashboard trim and angular, glass-effect garnish each elevate the look relative to the final X6, and the tan leather-based in our tester was simply pretty. It’s the kind of automotive you stay up for sitting in each evening.
There’s heaps of storage up entrance for bottles, together with a wi-fi charger, a wallet-sized slot beneath the dashboard, and a helpful area beneath the split-opening central armrest, and also you get a mix of USB-A and USB-C ports.
Rear seat area is superb, as you’d count on of a giant BMW SUV.
There’s acres of legroom behind grownup drivers, and headroom is a lot better than you’d count on from a automotive with a sloping roofline and a sunroof.
The X5 remains to be a extra sensible choice; loading a baby in by the smaller rear doorways on the X6 is tougher, and the massive rear pillar does make it really feel extra claustrophobic.
With a giant hump within the bench and ground, the center seat is greatest saved for emergencies. It may be lined by a fold-down armrest with cupholders, and there are air vents and USB-C ports to maintain children completely satisfied.
The boot measures in at 580L with the second row of seats upright, which might be expanded to 1530L with them folded.
You don’t get a correct baggage cowl that raises with the boot, or might be slid away. As a substitute, you get an affordable and nasty onerous cowl that flips up.
Energy within the X6 xDrive40i comes from an up to date 3.0-litre inline-six turbo-petrol engine, backed by a 48V mild-hybrid system designed to ship smoother begin/cease and provide a efficiency enhance while you put your foot down.
It makes 280kW of energy and 540Nm of torque, up 30kW and 90Nm on the mannequin it replaces. The 100km/h dash takes a claimed 5.4 seconds. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automated transmission are commonplace throughout the X6 line-up.
Claimed gas financial system is 9.3 litres per 100km on the mixed cycle, however we noticed 11.1 litres per 100km on every week extra skewed to metropolis driving. The gas tank holds 83 litres, and also you’ll must refill with 95 RON premium unleaded.
BMW is thought for its silky easy inline-six engines, and the three.0-litre engine within the X6 40i carries on that custom in fashion.
It was already an easy engine, with a great deal of efficiency low within the rev vary and an aesthetic growl on the high finish, however the 48V system has made it much more spectacular.
The automated begin/cease kicks in imperceptibly as you coast as much as a set of site visitors lights, shutting down the engine with out a lot as a cough, and there’s no awkward jerk while you need to speed up away in a rush.
BMW hasn’t made a lot noise about its hybrid expertise however it’s distinctive, and comes with out the awkwardness you get from the brakes in some rival mild-hybrid methods as they harvest power to feed the battery pack.
Mixed with gentle steering, a cushty journey, and first rate imaginative and prescient out the entrance, the buttery easy petrol engine makes the X6 simple to drive within the metropolis. BMW does the very best surround-view digicam within the enterprise, so there’s no excuse for scraped wheels or bumpers while you’re parking in tight areas.
That is an easy cruiser when the highway opens up. It’s close to silent on the freeway, and the journey stays wonderful at 100km/h. Put your foot all the way down to overtake and the three.0-litre engine has energy in reserve, making open highway overtakes easy.
The adaptive cruise management easily maintains a spot to the automotive in entrance, the lane-keep solely intervenes when it actually must, and the blind-spot monitor doesn’t soar at shadows.
It’s a disgrace BMW has made it more durable to fiddle with these driver assists, although. Need to change the next distance in your adaptive cruise management? It is advisable dive into the touchscreen for that, fairly than simply utilizing the buttons on the steering wheel which were blanked out as a part of the replace.
We’ve mentioned it earlier than, however why not say it once more… The transfer away from buttons makes every part more durable
As for while you need to take a look at out the outdated Final Driving Machine tagline? There’s no escaping the very fact the X6 has advanced right into a two-tonne hulk, however it does management its mass higher than most massive SUVs.
There’s sufficient weight within the steering to encourage confidence, and the all-wheel drive system gives wonderful traction in slippery circumstances.
It doesn’t really feel reactive, and the rear bias in day-to-day driving means you don’t get the sensation of the entrance wheels slipping off the mark when the highway is moist, neither is there any torque steer.
X6 xDrive30d + xDrive40i highlights:
- 21-inch alloy wheels
- Energy tailgate
- Illuminated grille
- Panoramic sunroof
- Adaptive LED headlights
- Blue M Sport brakes
- Adaptive M suspension
- 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
- 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Wi-fi Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
- DAB+ digital radio
- Satellite tv for pc navigation
- Linked Drive bundle
- Head-up show
- Wi-fi telephone charger
- Tri-zone local weather management
- Keyless entry
- Digital Key Plus
- Push-button begin
- M leather-based steering wheel
- Verino instrument panel
- Anthracite headliner
- Verino upholstery
- Heated entrance seats
- Electrical seat adjustment
The BMW X6 hasn’t been examined by ANCAP and is due to this fact unrated. The intently associated BMW X5 has a five-star score based mostly on testing carried out in 2018, nonetheless.
Normal security options embrace:
- Driving Assistant Skilled
- Adaptive cruise management with cease/go
- Entrance cross-traffic alert
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Steering & Lane Management Help
- Lane-keep help
- Aspect Collision Warning
- Crossroads warning
- Evasion assist
- Parking Assistant Plus
- Rear parking sensors
- Reversing assistant
- Encompass-view cameras
- Drive recorder
- Distant Theft Recorder
The X6 is backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre guarantee like the broader BMW vary.
Servicing is required each 12 months or 15,000 kilometres, whichever comes first. A five-year upkeep pack will set you again $2750 upfront.
Placing apart the best way it seems, which stays divisive as ever, the BMW X6 is an extremely polished massive SUV.
BMW is admittedly hitting its stride in terms of constructing posh, fashionable interiors, and the X6 isn’t any exception – and the flashy dual-screen infotainment system brings the X6 into line with the remainder of the vary, for higher and for worse.
There wasn’t all that a lot incorrect with the earlier mannequin, however the up to date mild-hybrid expertise improves on the system once more. It makes what was already a stunning powertrain smoother and punchier, however does it with out demanding any change from the driving force.
With that mentioned, the cheaper diesel has benefitted from the identical mild-hybrid expertise improve and is prone to prevent cash on the bowser relative to the revvy, however thirsty, petrol we drove.
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