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Meet the new BMW X6Back

BMWX6

Priced from £51,150 upwards, the latest coupe SUV from BMW is set to be as successful as its predecessor. Not only is it quick, agile and refined, its handling is spot on, whilst the new design ensures it appears as dynamic as sister models such as the X5 with plenty of room for five adults and an even larger boot.

Engines

The X6 comes with a choice of one petrol and two diesel engines, a 443bhp 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 in the xDrive 50i, and 376bhp 3.0-litre tri-turbo in the M50d and the predicted best-selling 254bhp 3.0-litre diesel in the xDrive 30d. The 30d is expected to make as much as 80 per cent of total sales in the UK thanks to its fuel economy of 47.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 157g/km which, given the performance on offer, are both excellent returns. A 306bhp xDrive 40d will be introduced to the range in early 2015.

Drive

The way the X6 drives is one of its most appealing factors, it handles corners with great control and lots of grip and the steering is highly reactive. Four driving modes come with the X6 – Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport and Sport+, each of which sharpen up the powertrain and chassis. The ride is more bumpy in the Sport versions of the X6, but keeping the suspension in its softest setting helps combat this. Few X6 owners will be likely to take their car off road, but the four-wheel drive system is capable of crossing a muddy field and grip is excellent in wintery conditions.

BMWX62Cabin

If you’re looking for a practical car, the BMW X5 is a better choice, but if you prefer the X6’s unique style, you should be able to find enough space and equipment to keep you and occupants happy. The new X6 comes with a three-seat rear bench as standard as opposed to the old version where this was an option and there’s plenty of room to fit in three adults in the rear without problems. The boots opens automatically and has a 580-litre capacity which expands to 1,525 litres with the rear seats folded down – 75 litres more than the old model.

Equipment

Standard equipment on the BMW X6 is generous and the entry-level model comes with electric front seats, sat-nav and LED interior lighting, with further options including a reversing camera, a panoramic glass sunroof and a Harmon Kardon stereo upgrade. BMW is also offering buyers a Design Pure Extravagance option for the interior, the exterior or both which adds equipment such as stainless steel underbody guards, bespoke 20-inch alloys and aluminium surrounds for the window line and mirror caps. The interior pack includes extended leather and a key featuring chrome buttons.

BMWX61Should I buy one?

The new BMW X6 is set to be as popular as its predecessor and as its certainly one of the best coupe SUVs on the market. We’d buy it simply for its incredible style, but on top of this it boasts practicality and drives like a dream. What’s not to like? We’ll take one please.

 

 

 

Posted by Leana Kell on 29/10/2014