BMW X6 Review

The BMW X6 has powerful engines and a luxurious, high-tech cabin. You’ll forgo some space and practicality versus a BMW X5 though, and spend more doing it. 

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This is the new-look BMW X6. It’s got new styling and upgraded engine choices, so it will – says BMW – make it a genuine alternative to the Mercedes GLE Coupe and Porsche Cayenne Coupe.

As an SUV with coupe-inspired styling elements, the X6 gives you the classic, chunky proportions that you expect from an off-roader, but also a rakishly angled roof that echoes the sleek lines of a sports car. As is the trend in recent BMWs, the trademark ‘kidney’ grille is now enormous. It’s also available with illumination, to make it even more, er, eye-catching.

The 2019 BMW X6 has a 580-litre boot. That’s 45 litres less than what you’d get in the Porsche Cayenne Coupe and 70 less than what the Mercedes GLE Coupe offers.

On the other hand, the car’s wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) has been extended to more than the GLE Coupe’s. This should mean more legroom for your backseat passengers. Still, this sleek coupe SUV will be less practical than the more upright X5 on which it’s based.

The BMW X6 was the coupe SUV that started the discussion – you either love or hate the way it looks. This new one is the same. It has a light-up grille. I’ll just leave that there for you.

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The engine range of the 2019 BMW X6 starts with two straight-six units: the diesel-powered xDrive 30d and the petrol xDrive 40i. The former is the cheapest, getting 265hp and 520Nm of pulling power – enough to take the car from 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds.

The xDrive 30d maxes out at 143mph, while every other engine is limited to 155mph; the trade-off is that BMW claims it will return a fairly impressive 46.3mpg. Meanwhile, the xDrive 40i is capable of up to 35.3mpg, while churning out 340hp, 450Nm and a 0-62mph time of 5.5 seconds.

The M50d is armed with a faintly ridiculous four turbochargers. It has 400hp, 760Nm of pulling power and can go from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds. All the while, fuel economy can reach a claimed 40.9mpg.

At the top of the range is the M50i petrol unit. It’s the X6’s only V8, capable of reaching 62mph from a standstill in a blinding 4.3 seconds. That’s thanks to a gutsy 530hp and pulling power of 750Nm. However, the engine’s claimed fuel economy is a less-than-enviable figure of just 27.2mpg.

We’ll have more on the how the BMW X6 drives once we’ve been behind the wheel. For now, check out our 2019 BMW X6: Price, specs and release date story for all the info we have.

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