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For If the X6 isn't the best-driving 4x4, it's very close to it; it has remarkable agility. It's refined, too, and surprisingly economical for such a quick, heavy 4x4

Against There are just four seats, and the sloping roofline means that head- and legroom suffer. Diesels are slightly coarse.

BMW X6 4x4
33 5stars

The BMW X6 is superb to drive, blending strong acceleration with the agility of a sports saloon. The four-seat layout and high prices count against it, though.

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The full BMW X6 review

There are 6 BMW X6 versions available

4x4 xDrive30d 5dr £47,700
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
4x4 xDrive35i 5dr £48,525
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
4x4 xDrive40d 5dr £50,300
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
4x4 xDrive50i 5dr £58,905
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
4x4 M50d 5dr £63,250
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
4x4 4.4 V8 M 5dr £86,705
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

Any X6 demands certain compromises. For example, rear headroom is tight for six-footers and the boot is small. If that doesn’t put you off, though, there’s a lot to enjoy.

For starters, there’s no such thing as a slow X6. Even the smallest diesel, the 30d, shifts with real vigour, although it can sound a little gruff when really pushed.

Stepping up to the 40d means even more punch, with only a slight penalty at the pumps.

You’ll be stopping to fill up rather more often in either of the petrols. The 35i strikes the more sensible balance between performance, price and economy, but the (very expensive) 50i is savagely quick. There’s only one trim level across all models, and it’s well equipped.

The worthwhile BMW Service Inclusive package covers servicing costs for five years/60,000 miles for a one-off payment. It’s transferable to future owners, which helps resale values.

Reader test team says:

BMW X6 4x4 xDrive30d 5dr

I recently crash tested my 4 week old X6 on Autoroute20 in France. I can vouch for the safety equipment, after sliding on a recently dropped carpet of…

Bernard Barwick

4 out of 5 stars

BMW X6 4x4 xDrive30d 5dr

A toss up between the Mercedes ML and the BMW X6 was finally swayed by the recent addition of the third seat in the rear, my son is six foot three and…

Robin Mayor

4 out of 5 stars
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