New Car Review

2018 BMW X6: New Car Review

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2018 BMW X6 xDrive35i
Used 2018 BMW X6
$63,460
RELATED READING
See all BMW X6 articles
RESEARCH BY MAKE
Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs
Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Alfa Romeo cars, trucks and SUVs AMC cars, trucks and SUVs Aston Martin cars, trucks and SUVs Audi cars, trucks and SUVs Bentley cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Bugatti cars, trucks and SUVs Buick cars, trucks and SUVs Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Chrysler cars, trucks and SUVs Daewoo cars, trucks and SUVs Datsun cars, trucks and SUVs DeLorean cars, trucks and SUVs Dodge cars, trucks and SUVs Eagle cars, trucks and SUVs Ferrari cars, trucks and SUVs FIAT cars, trucks and SUVs Fisker cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Freightliner cars, trucks and SUVs Genesis cars, trucks and SUVs Geo cars, trucks and SUVs GMC cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs HUMMER cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs INFINITI cars, trucks and SUVs Isuzu cars, trucks and SUVs Jaguar cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Kia cars, trucks and SUVs Lamborghini cars, trucks and SUVs Land Rover cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Lincoln cars, trucks and SUVs Lotus cars, trucks and SUVs Maserati cars, trucks and SUVs Maybach cars, trucks and SUVs MAZDA cars, trucks and SUVs McLaren cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Mercury cars, trucks and SUVs MINI cars, trucks and SUVs Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Oldsmobile cars, trucks and SUVs Plymouth cars, trucks and SUVs Pontiac cars, trucks and SUVs Porsche cars, trucks and SUVs RAM cars, trucks and SUVs Rolls-Royce cars, trucks and SUVs Saab cars, trucks and SUVs Saturn cars, trucks and SUVs Scion cars, trucks and SUVs smart cars, trucks and SUVs SRT cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs Suzuki cars, trucks and SUVs Tesla cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Volvo cars, trucks and SUVs Yugo cars, trucks and SUVs
RESEARCH BY STYLE
AWD/4WD
Commercial
Convertible
Coupe
Hatchback
Hybrid/Electric
Luxury
Sedan
SUV/Crossover
Truck
Van/Minivan
Wagon
ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION

author photo by Autotrader January 2018

The 2018 BMW X6 embodies the current fad for "4-door coupes" applied to a premium midsize crossover. And the mere fact of its existence upends the whole "practicality-versus-style" compromise that usually comes with the crossover territory.

The design of the X6 is undeniably distinct and actually quite imposing, but its roofline hinders rear headroom and cargo space. And its base price is higher than that of the X5, with which it shares the same 5 Series-derived platform.

On the plus side, the cabin is appropriately upscale, the driving position is suitably elevated, the engines are strong, and the on-road manners are typically BMW-wonderful. There's always a place in the automotive world for quality, and the X6 has it by the ton.

What's New for 2018?

The "entry-level" sDrive35i model receives a rearview camera and trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes as standard. A new design of 21-inch alloy wheel is also available within the optional M Sport package.

What We Like

Smooth and powerful engines; top-notch interior craftsmanship; leading technology features; confident handling

What We Don't

Modest cargo capacity; pricier than the X5

How Much?

$63,695-$78,445

Fuel Economy

The rear-wheel-drive sDrive35i packs a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six engine that delivers 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the sDrive35i returns 18 miles per gallon in the city, 25 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg in combined driving.

The xDrive35i (BMW refers to its all-wheel-drive system as xDrive) has the same engine and nearly the same fuel economy, returning 18 mpg city/24 mpg hwy/20 mpg combined.

The xDrive50i comes with a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 developing 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is 15 mpg city/21 mpg hwy/17 mpg combined.

An 8-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters is standard in every version.

Standard Features & Options

The 2018 BMW X6 is available in sDrive35i, xDrive35i and xDrive50i forms. A high-performance M version is reviewed separately.

The sDrive35i ($63,695) comes standard with the aforementioned trapezoidal tailpipes and rearview camera, plus 19-in alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, LED fog lights and taillights, rain-sensing wipers, a sunroof, a power liftgate, parking sensors front and rear, self-dimming side mirrors, a digital instrument cluster, a power-adjustable steering wheel with paddle shifters, driver memory settings, adjustable drive settings (Driving Dynamics Control), heated/10-way power-adjustable front seats with driver's-side memory settings, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, wood trim, Bluetooth phone and audio, a USB port, HD Radio, an auxiliary audio input, a 9-speaker audio system, navigation and BMW's iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-in touchscreen.

The xDrive35i ($65,995) is similarly equipped and adds all-wheel drive.

The xDrive50i ($78,445) upgrades to the V8 engine, a hands-free power tailgate with a foot sensor, keyless entry/ignition, 20-way multicontour front seats, quad-zone automatic climate control and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon Surround Sound system.

Some of the standard equipment in the xDrive50i can be optioned in the lower models. As usual, BMW has an extensive list of extras. These include LED headlights, an aero body kit, 20-in alloy wheels, sport-tuned adaptive dampers with a rear air suspension, a self-parking system, power-closing doors, a leather-covered dashboard, ceramic-trimmed controls, ventilated front seats, a sport steering wheel, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, wireless smartphone charging, Wi-Fi, a Bang & Olufsen Surround Sound system, a rear entertainment setup and advanced safety features (see the Safety section below).

Cargo space behind the rear seats measures 20.5 cu ft., a modest figure for a large crossover SUV. Folding down the 40/20/40-split rear seats opens that up to 53.9 cu ft., another humble measurement. The 4-door Volkswagen Golf compact hatchback has a similar amount of space.

Safety

The X6 comes standard with stability control, 4-wheel antilock disc brakes (with automatic collision preparation) and six airbags (front, front side and full-length side curtain).

The optional Driver Assistance Plus package includes a head-up display, a 360-degree parking camera system, blind spot monitoring, lane-departure warning and forward-collision warning with low-speed automatic braking. Adding adaptive cruise control also brings the forward-collision warning system with driver alerts. Night vision with pedestrian detection is yet another optional feature.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have put the X6 through their crash-test programs yet.

Behind the Wheel

The X6 largely shares the X5's dashboard and control layout. That's a good thing. The digital instrument cluster is crisp and comprehensive, with a rapid refresh rate that enables the needles to keep up no matter how quickly the vehicle is accelerating. BMW has created a vaguely coupelike feel with the X6's slightly lower seating position, but there's still a commanding view of the road, along with world-class comfort and support with the available multicontour front seats.

The iDrive infotainment system has improved steadily over the years. The X6 gets the top grade, with a beautiful widescreen display, navigation, hard-drive music storage and an advanced controller with touchpad functionality.

Rear-seat comfort in the current X6 is significantly better than in the first generation; BMW made it a priority to accommodate larger passengers in the back. The bottom cushions have a pleasant upward tilt that provides welcome thigh support, while headroom is quite good considering the X6's fastback roofline.

The X6 is inescapably huge, although BMW's engineers have worked their usual magic with the steering and suspension. For a vehicle weighing between 4,600 and 5,200 pounds, it feels astonishingly nimble, with precise handling and excellent body control. Even though the ride is reasonably supple with the standard suspension, the optional adaptive dampers bring an excellent blend of comfort and sporty composure.

The xDrive50i's twin-turbo V8 hurls the X6 from a standstill to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds; it feels right to have a profoundly powerful engine in such a heavy vehicle. Still, the 6-cylinder is no slouch and achieves significantly better fuel economy.

Other Cars to Consider

2018 BMW X5 -- It's only reasonable to compare the X6 to its sensible sibling, and the X5 has a lot going for it, including relatively generous cargo capacity and an optional third-row seat.

2018 Infiniti QX70 -- The QX has concept-car looks and optional V8 power in a crossover body style.

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport -- Offers a lot of Range Rover luxury appointments and equipment, but in a smaller package.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe -- A natural rival to the X6, with arguably more agreeable styling.

2018 Porsche Macan -- Smaller than the X6, but the driving experience is exceptional. Attractive interior as well.

Used Porsche Cayenne -- Used examples of the more powerful Cayenne variants are similar in price to a new X6. This combination of practicality and performance is rare.

Autotrader's Advice

We say go big with the V8-powered xDrive50i. Because anyone seriously considering an X6 isn't bothered by pricing or practicality issues.

Find a BMW X6 for sale

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2018 BMW X6 xDrive35i
Used 2018 BMW X6
$63,460
This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
2018 BMW X6: New Car Review - Autotrader