Five things you need to know about the BMW X6
Great to drive and packed with nifty features. Find the key features of the BMW X6 in our helpful blog.
If ever there was a model that defined the ‘Marmite’ car it was the BMW X6 – loved by some and considered vulgar by others, there’s no mistaking its undeniable road presence! Another thing that can’t be denied is that it’s terrific to drive, thanks to it using the underpinnings of the excellent X5.
There’s a ‘Competition’ model
There are four engines available – two petrol and two diesel. But if the 500bhp on offer from the twin-turbo V8 X6 M range topper isn’t enough for you, then you can push that out to a bonkers 616bhp in Competition trim.
It’ll do 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds and will do 180mph, while the brash body kit makes sure you know about it!
The grille lights up
In case the substantial kidney grille isn’t bold enough, it is set to light up along with the car’s daytime running lights. It’s an interesting look that will again polarise opinion, but that’s what the X6 is all about.
If it’s too much for you, it can be turned off via the car’s iDrive interface.
It’s packed with safety kit
The X6 is based on the architecture of the X5 so as you’d expect, it comes with all the more conventional car’s safety features and other tech. It has Forward collision Warnings, Lane Departure Warnings, Adaptive Cruise Control, and even the ability to slow itself down and pull over to the hard shoulder if it thinks the driver is unable to control the vehicle.
There are three trim levels
There are three trims in the UK: Sport, M Sport and M Performance.
The Sport gets adaptive air suspension and an impressive array of standard kit, while the M Sport adds more aggressive bodywork and chunkier alloys, as well as a sports exhaust and piano black interior trim.
The Sport comes with 19-inch wheels, while the M Sport has 21-inch rims as standard or optional 22s. It also gets Adaptive M Sport suspension which can be set up for optimised dynamics.
You can make the power delivery rear-biased
That Adaptive M Suspension package on the M Sport is clever stuff. In normal use, it has permanent all-wheel-drive and handles just like an X5. But stick it into Sports mode and it adjusts the power delivery, pushing over 60 per cent of the available power to the rear wheels to give it the feel of a rear-drive car while retaining all-wheel-drive stability.
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Published: September 6, 2021