BMW X6 Review

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BMW X6 Review

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The BMW X6 has not to date been tested by Euro NCAP but the old X5 was awarded five stars for adult occupant protections so we should expect better overall results.

Safety and Security

The BMW X6 has not to date been tested by Euro NCAP but the old X5 was awarded five stars for adult occupant protections so we should expect better overall results.

The BMW X6 features the usual array of airbags - driver and front passenger and front and side ITS head airbags for the first and second seat rows.

It also features an array of other safety equipment including Dynamic Stability Control + (DSC+) including Automatic Differential Brake (ADB-X), Automatic Stability Control (ASC-X), Brake fade compensation, Brake pre-tensioning, Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Hill-start assistance.

And to protect your BMW X6 from theft there is a Thatcham 1 approved alarm system and an immobiliser.

Comfort and Refinement

If you have owned or driven the new BMW X5 then you will be familiar with the layout and controls of the BMW X6.

Most of the creature comforts are standard such as dual climate control but strangely you do not get heated seats or power fold in mirrors which are both optional extras.

There are auto-on headlights which automatically come on at dusk or when entering an underground car park or tunnel. The windscreen wipers are rain sensitive, adjusting their speed to the amount of rain.

The internal rear view mirror automatically dips but the side mirrors are left to their own devices. You can opt for the power fold in and auto dip package for an extra £235.

You do have to watch out for the extras, our test car was fitted with over £6,500 worth of extras that are fast becoming standard on other cars such as the Range Rover Sport.

Infotainment

Our test car was fitted with the optional Media Package (£2,070) which comprises Professional Navigation System, BMW Assist (includes six month subscription to services), Bluetooth telephone preparation with telematics and a 6 disc CD changer. Plus we had the benefit of a DAB radio tuner for an extra £280 and a USB/Interface for £205 which allows you to connect certain USB music devices to the car.

The DAB radio worked very well, even in rural Devon, the system can be set to flip back to the corresponding Analogue FM signal should the DAB one be lost.

The telematics are controlled through BMW's 'i-drive' interface, which personally we found easy to use. It is intuitive, but perhaps not as easy/quick as the touch screen interface seen on the Range Rover model line up.

Initially we had difficult connecting our XDA Mobile Phone and iPhone via the Bluetooth telephone connection but we did eventually get it to work so perhaps that was down to user incompetence.

We did not like the fact that the Professional Navigation System did not seem to allow you to enter full post codes which is not very helpful when you need to quickly pin-point your destination.

Rivals
  • Audi Q7, BMW X5, Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover Sport
What We Liked
  • The overall performance and handling - very highly rated.
What We Disliked
  • The high back can make parking difficult hampering rear vision.
  • Loading/unloading luggage difficult, you have to life it up and into the boot.
What We’d Like To See
  • A powered tailgate (not standard when tested).
  • An enhanced ‘M’ sport version which is coming soon.
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BMW X6 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedBMW X6
  
Body Type4x4
ColourTitanium Silver
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph6.9 Seconds
Top Speed 147 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Steptronic Automatic
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban26.9 mpg
Extra Urban39.8 mpg
Combined34 mpg
  
Insurance Group19
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3 years / Unlimited miles
Price (when tested on the 10/02/09)£44,590

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