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BMW X6 4x4 verdict

2014 - 2019 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 53.9

Written by Keith Adams Published: 14 August 2019 Updated: 14 August 2019

Should you buy a BMW X6?

Yes, if you’re a keen driver. There really is plenty to like about the BMW X6, even as it nears the end of its life. Technically it stands head and shoulders above what a car of this type should be able to do, with surprisingly nimble dynamics, useful practicality and technologically-advanced engines delivering an excellent mix of performance and efficiency. Would we take one over a Range Rover Velar? No. But a Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe? Yes (in lieu of the new model coming in 2020).

But this is not a car aimed at those who make their buying decisions from on-paper information alone, instead targeting owners who are looking for an emotional bond with their transport. And despite all of its ability and appeal, it just doesn’t get under your skin like a car of this type should. And without putting too fine a point on it, it’s probably most targeted to those who aren’t too concerned about what other people think about them.

’Controversially styled, but there’s no denying that the BMW X6 ably fills a niche that’s becoming ever more popular. X5 does the same job with more palatable styling, mind.’

James Dennison

The UK has never been the X6’s biggest market, and it’s likely BMW dealers will wholeheartedly welcome potential X6 buyers through their dealership doors. That said, it’s not a company renowned for large discounts or incentivised extras – if you really want to save cash on your four-door 4×4 then a broker might be the best route. Beware your colour and spec choice may be restricted via this route though.

Frankly, if you can afford an X6 in the first place then saving money probably isn’t high on your priority list – else you’d have chosen something cheaper in the first place. They’re all well-equipped as standard, but to improve both ownership experience and future resale value we’d consider adding the Adaptive Dynamic Suspension as well as the excellent Comfort Front Seats option. Meanwhile the Cold Weather package makes frosty mornings that little bit easier with a heated steering wheel and rear seats.

Of all the engines it’s the lower-powered of the three diesels that are most in demand, with the least powerful X6 xDrive 30d the most popular – and frankly that’s the one we’d choose as well.

Read more: BMW X5 full review

BMW X6 (2014) rear view, in the snow