What's the used BMW X6 4x4 like?
The BMW X6, in its original form, was the pioneering coupé SUV. It seemed very alien at the time – a large, luxury 4x4 with a sleek, sloping roofline – but the bodystyle has since caught on, spawning a second and now third generation, plus a plethora of rivals. This latest car (on sale since 2020) has really found the model’s stride and, luckily for us, examples are already making their way onto the used market.
The X6 shares its engine range – and most of its parts – with the more conventional X5. All models get four-wheel drive, with the entry-level variant being the xDrive30d, which features a 282bhp 3.0-litre diesel engine. After that, you have the xDrive40i, with its 333bhp 3.0-litre petrol engine, and the xDrive40d with its 340bhp 3.0-litre diesel.
On the road, the X6 impresses, no matter which engine you go for; they’re all pretty punchy. The synthetic engine note owners will experience in the diesels won’t be to everyone’s taste, but they get up to speed nice and quickly, thanks in part to a capable eight-speed automatic gearbox that's standard in all X6s. The petrols, especially the M50i, are properly rapid.
The X6 is one of the more entertaining cars in the coupé SUV class to drive. You don't get a great deal of feedback through its chunky steering wheel, but the meaty feel of its steering still inspires confidence. Body control is impressively tight, too, so threading the car through a series of sweeping bends is genuinely enjoyable.
Air suspension is present on all cars, but M Sport's 21in wheels mean that, whichever driving mode you select, there's a firm edge to the low-speed ride. That said, the suspension never thumps or crashes over imperfections, so life is far from uncomfortable. It’s a similar deal with the M performance models, even though they have adaptive suspension, but once you’re up to speed they start to really flow with the road.
The X6’s interior is functional, comfortable and attractive. Electrically adjustable sports seats with driver memory provide good long-distance comfort, while the steering wheel offers a large range of movement to help you find the ideal driving position.
BMW’s infotainment system leads the way in the class for both usability and number of features. It can be operated through either its 12.3in touchscreen or a more intuitive rotary controller between the front seats. There’s also a crisp, clear 12.3in digital instrument panel in place of conventional analogue dials. It looks smart and is intuitive to use.