BMW X6 xDrive50i Review
V8 goodness!

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
27 Feb 2015

Hardly ever spoken in the same sentence, SUVs and performance don’t always go hand in hand. But BMW changed that recently with the new BMW X4 and now they’re hoping the new X6 will inspire the same conclusion.

Similar in design to the smaller X4, the X6 is far more imposing with its pronounced snout and flared kidney grilles. While the X5 was brilliant on road, BMW says the X6 is even better. Considering how the X4 was just as impressive, you better believe it.

Like the X5 we tested awhile back, the new X6 shares much of the mechanical bits. Up front, a rumbling 4.4-litre V8 hides under the large bulbous bonnet. An improved TwinPower Turbo unit means the new car gets a 10% boost in horsepower bringing the total figure to 450bhp. Combine that with the incredible 650Nm of torque and you have a very sprightly behemoth indeed.

Proof is in its century timing which at 4.8 seconds makes it tour de force against most vehicles on the road. However, going fast in a straight-line no longer cuts mustard with the modern driver and BMW had to make it agile too.

The X6 shows off its prowess best once on the road and it becomes immediately apparent that the X6 is the dynamically superior. Leave the damper settings in Comfort and the transmission in Sport mode and you’ll be having plenty of fun. Light prods on the accelerator causes the car to lunge forward hinting at the caged power beneath. Considering it tips the scales at nearly 2.2 tons, the car is surprisingly brisk. While the new 8-speed ZF derived transmission adorns the car with smooth gear changes. 

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Engine Capacity 4395cc Turbocharged
Engine Type V 8
Compression Ratio 10.2:1
Bore x Stroke (88.3 x 89.0)mm
Power 450bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque 650Nm @ 2000rpm
Power to Weight 214.3 bhp per ton


Acceleration 4.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 10.3 km/L
Drag Coefficient 0.350

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 8 -speed Steptronic sport transmission
Drive Type F4
Steering Electric


Body Type SUV
(L x W x H)
(4909 x 1989 x 1702) mm
Wheelbase 2933 mm
Turning Circle 6.4 metres
Kerb Weight 2100 kg
Boot Capacity 580 L
Boot Capacity (folded) 1525 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 85 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs