Introduced in 2008, the BMW X6 is a crossover that’s notable for its coupe-like good looks and sharp driving dynamics. The X6 is worth a look if you're in search of a luxury crossover that's stylish and fun to drive.
2015 to Present: BMW X6
BMW launched the second generation of the X6 in 2015. Though its sheet metal sticks to the design cues established by the outgoing model, the current-generation X6 sees some gains in size. While its predecessor offered seating for four, the revised X6 seats five. The X5's optional V8 also gets increased power.
The BMW X6’s sheet metal looks modern and sporty, with a sloping roofline that resembles a coupe's. Standard adaptive headlights brighten the path ahead, overlooked by a muscular, sculpted hood.
Rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed transmission are standard, and all-wheel drive is available. Base models are motivated by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine. There's also an optional turbocharged 4.4-liter V8.
The X6 provides enjoyable driving dynamics, and its engines are especially impressive. They hustle the crossover along with unfailing quickness, and provide commanding acceleration on the highway. A Sport mode is available for those who want the sharpest, most responsive performance.
Within the X6, you'll find a cabin that's plush and deluxe. Materials quality is impressive all around, and the front seat is a comfortable space on long journeys. The rear seat offers decent legroom, but the X6's low roofline brings some compromises in second-row headroom.
There's a full complement of amenities on board the X6. Base models come with a sunroof, a power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated power-adjustable front seats and leather upholstery. Standard technology features include navigation, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, HD radio and a nine-speaker sound system.
The list of available features includes heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display and a premium stereo system.
For 2017, the X6 received an upgraded iDrive system.
There's lots of talent to choose from in the X6's corner of the world, and we'd recommend taking a look at picks like the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Porsche Cayenne, Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes-Benz GLE and Volvo XC90. Still, the BMW X6 makes a case for itself on the strength of its appealing styling and powerful performance.
Earlier BMW X6 Models
The first-generation BMW X6 was introduced in 2008. This earliest X6 provides seating for four, and it comes with a six-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. A 300-horsepower 3.0-liter engine is standard, and a 400-horsepower V8 is available.
Standard features on the first-generation X6 include adaptive xenon headlights, leather upholstery, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 12-speaker sound system.
In 2010, HD radio and a power liftgate were added as standard equipment, and BMW updated the X6’s iDrive and navigation systems. In 2011, the 3.0-liter engine was replaced with a new power plant that offers the same horsepower with better fuel economy, and a new eight-speed automatic transmission was introduced as standard equipment.
An optional rear center seat that boosts passenger capacity to five was introduced in 2012. For 2013, the X6 received new LED tail lamps and revised front-end design. The BMW X6 remained essentially unchanged until the launch of the second generation in 2015.