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BMW X6 DIESEL ESTATE xDrive M50d 5dr Auto

BMW X6 xDrive M50d 5dr Auto
BMW X6 xDrive M50d 5dr Auto
BMW X6 xDrive M50d 5dr Auto
BMW X6 xDrive M50d 5dr Auto
BMW X6 xDrive M50d 5dr Auto
BMW X6 xDrive M50d 5dr Auto
BMW X6 xDrive M50d 5dr Auto
BMW X6 xDrive M50d 5dr Auto
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BMW X6 xDrive M50d 5dr Auto
BMW X6 xDrive M50d 5dr Auto
BMW X6 xDrive M50d 5dr Auto
BMW X6 xDrive M50d 5dr Auto
BMW X6 xDrive M50d 5dr Auto
BMW X6 xDrive M50d 5dr Auto
BMW X6 xDrive M50d 5dr Auto
BMW X6 xDrive M50d 5dr Auto

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG36.20
  • 0-62mph5.2 secs
  • Top Speed155 mph
  • C02205 g/km
  • BHP381
  • Torque546 lbs/f
  • P11D37%

Review

The BMW X6 looks broadly similar than before, but don't be fooled by the lookalike silhouette. It's bigger, more powerful and more efficient than before. Love it or hate it, you have to respect a vehicle that's sold over a quarter of a million units and which has evolved into something rather special.

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BMW's controversial coupe-shaped SUV returns in second generation guise. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

Has there been a more divisive car than BMW's X6 launched in the last decade? There were arguments for and against the Chevrolet Volt, the Subaru Impreza caused a big kerfuffle when it went from saloon to hatch and the Posh Spice-influenced Range Rover Evoque gave the old money a fit of the conniptions but the X6 probably has them all aced when it comes to generating extremes of approval or disapproval. The original debuted back in 2008 and the formula was pretty simple. It was basically an X5 with a coupe-style sloping back. Lots of people got very aerated about this, claiming that here was a car with the handling shortcomings of an SUV coupled with the limited practicality of a coupe; the worst of both worlds. But then the X6 sold and sold in serious numbers. In fact, BMW shifted more than a quarter of a million of the things. The formula was extended, with BMW launching the smaller X4 in early 2014. Now, we get a second generation X6 that's bigger and more powerful but still more economical.

Driving Experience

You've probably got used to the X6's shape by now and you'll also have got used to BMW's spectacularly cumbersome naming conventions for its SUVs. The X6 range consists of a trio of diesel models, plus a petrol variant that's certain to remain a rare sight. It opens with the 258PS 3.0-litre six-cylinder xDrive30d. Even this one's not slow, accelerating through 62mph in just 6.7 seconds. Not quick enough? Then you might well gravitate to either the 313PS xDrive40d or the powerhouse tri-turbo 380PS M50d which will detain you for just 5.2 seconds on the sprint to 62mph. The sole petrol offering is the V8 xDrive50i that is good for 443PS and which, like the rest of the range, sends drive to all four wheels via a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. The underpinnings include a combination of a double-wishbone, double-pivot front suspension and the proven integral rear suspension, patented by BMW. Improvements have been made in directional stability, the friction coefficient of the wheel bearings, tyre noise and weight, which has been reduced by two kilos on the front suspension alone. The X6 gets electric power steering including Servotronic speed-sensitive power assistance. Meanwhile, Active Steering - available as an option - also adjusts the steering ratio to the car's speed, reducing steering effort for low-speed manoeuvring. Best to try this system before you buy. Like the X6 itself, it divides opinion.

Design and Build

BMW reckons the X6 combines "the robust presence of a BMW Sports Activity Vehicle with the hallmark sporting elegance of the brand's Coupes to create an unmistakably athletic appearance". That might be the case if you consider an American football player or a pro-wrestler to be athletes. It's hefty. The silhouette looks much as before and the car squats over its wheels like Konishiki in the sumo circle. The initial shock at the car's styling has dissipated somewhat, and with the right colours and wheels, the X6 can even look quite handsome, the deeply sculpted flanks incorporating the Air Breathers which work better here than on a 4 Series Coupe. The cabin has been updated with better quality materials used throughout. There's a 10.2 inch free-standing Control Display screen linked to the revised iDrive Touch Controller operating system. The climate control and ventilation displays feature black-panel technology.There's more space inside and versatility has been improved with a 40:20:40 folding rear bench seat and a luggage bay that gets 75-litres bigger than before, now measuring up to 1,525-litres with the seats folded. That's good, but it's still about 350-litres less than an X5. That's the price you pay for the rakish rear end.

Market and Model

Prices start at just over £51,000 for the xDrive30d SE, with the xDrive50i pitched at just over £63,000 and the M50d topping proceedings at around £67,000. Is that good value? It's a tough question because there's so little that compares directly to the X6. To frame those prices a little better, an X5 xDrive30d SE is almost £3,000 cheaper, so the X6 adheres to the old formula of paying more to get less. Features available include a Driving Assistant with Lane Departure Warning and a pedestrian and collision warning system with braking function. Dynamic Safety adjusts the seat belts, front passenger seat, windows and sunroof (if fitted) to the optimum position to survive an accident, while Attention Assistant can sense possible driver fatigue and issue audible and visual alerts. The Glare-free High-beam Assistant allows full beam to be maintained even when there are other vehicles approaching or immediately ahead by masking the portion of the light pattern which could blind other drivers. The BMW Parking Assistant identifies suitable parking spaces and not only steers the X6 into them but also operates the accelerator and brake, while Surround-view gives the driver a 360-degree view of the outside of the car. Internet access and Online Entertainment, giving access to 12 million music tracks, are available, while BMW Apps includes web radio, customised music programming and access to Facebook and Twitter. A Harman Kardon Surround Sound system and a Bang & Olufsen Advanced audio system also fill out the options list.

Cost of Ownership

The X6 makes a great riposte to those who still rail against big, inefficient vehicles. While it would find it difficult to deny the charge based on size, it's anything but inefficient. In fact there are some superminis that can't match the X6 xDrive30d's 47.1mpg and 157g/km. Even the M50d emits just 174g/km. That's still less than the original Ford Fiesta ST. Okay so the V8 petrol X6 xDrive50i is a fair bit thirstier, but it's 22 per cent more economical than before, with emissions pegged at a hardly catastrophic 225g/km. Where the original X6 scored was in offering those with families or active lifestyles a vehicle that didn't look as if the owner had given up and grown old. That formula's pretty durable and it's meant that used X6s attract very strong residual values. The evolutionary styling of this second generation model is likely to preserve retained prices of the original and there's no reason to think it won't follow suit with low depreciation helping to keep overall pence per mile costs manageable. Along with the ECO PRO drive functions, the MK2 X6 also comes with many other BMW EfficientDynamics features. These include Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start/Stop, on-demand operation of ancillary units, Electric Power Steering, and a variety of weight- and drag-reducing features.

Summary

When you pause to consider it, the BMW X6 shouldn't really have caused such controversy. It's a bit like getting hot under the collar about a 3 Series Coupe when you can buy a perfectly practical 3 Series Touring for less. They're not the same thing, the buyers aren't the same and BMW ought to be congratulated for having the savvy to spot this latent demand. Even if it's not your thing, and there are many who will put their hand up to that, the X6 deserves a certain measure of respect. This second generation model doesn't diverge too markedly from the template laid down by its predecessor. It's just better in every measurable regard; more powerful, more economical, quicker, bigger and less polluting. It's also built of superior materials, is arguably a bit better looking and comes with some tempting high-tech options. Admire it for what it is. The X6 isn't going away.

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Driver Convenience
Bluetooth hands free telephone connection with USB audio interface
Cruise control with brake function
Reversing camera
20GB Hard drive
6.5" colour display screen
BMW apps interface
BMW emergency call
BMW information plus
BMW remote services
BMW Teleservices
Brake force display
Check control system
Electric tailgate release
Front/rear park distance control
Lights on warning
M Servotronic power steering
On board computer
Outside temperature gauge
Personal Profile
Professional multimedia navigation system
Service interval indicator
Stop/start button
Voice control system
Entertainment
BMW advanced loudspeaker system
Auxiliary point for auxiliary devices
BMW professional twin tuner radio with single CD player and MP3 CD playback facility
DAB Digital radio
Exterior Features
High gloss shadow line
LED fog lights
Metallic paint
Auto dimming and folding door mirrors
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door handles
Clear indicator lenses
Door mirror integrated indicators
Double kidney grille with matt aluminium surround and black slats
Downlights in exterior door handles
Electric + heated aspheric door mirrors
Electric front/rear windows with anti-trap
Electric headlight adjustment
Ferric grey mirror caps
Follow me home headlights
Green tinted glass
Headlight washer jets
Heat insulated glass
Heated washer nozzles
High gloss black air breather
M aerodynamic body kit
Rain sensor with auto light activation system
Stainless steel exhaust pipes
Stainless steel sill finishers
Xenon headlights
Interior Features
Anthracite headlining
Dakota leather upholstery
Dual zone automatic air conditioning
Front sports seats
12V accessory power point in centre console
12v socket in front centre armrest storage compartment
12V socket in luggage compartment
2 x 12V socket in rear centre console
3 spoke sports leather multi-function steering wheel with gear shift paddles
40/20/40 split folding rear seats
Ambient interior lighting
Anthracite Velour floor mats
Boot lashing points
Door sills with M logo
Driver and passenger knee pads
Electric front seats + driver memory
Front and rear cupholders
Front armrest with storage bin
Front reading lights
Front/rear courtesy lights with soft on/off dimming
Full black panel display
Heated front seats
Height adj rear head restraints
Illuminated glovebox with lock
Isofix child seat preparation
LED footwell lights
Luggage compartment cover, removable
Reach + rake adjustable steering column
Storage bins on all doors
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Tilt/height adjustable front head restraints
Toolkit located in luggage compartment
Packs
Driving assistant pack - X6
Smokers pack
Extended storage pack - X6
Technical
Adaptive M suspension
Diesel particulate filter
Trim
Aluminium Hexagon trim
Wheels
20" M Double spoke light alloy wheel - style 468M
Run flat tyres
Safety
3 rear 3 point seatbelts
ABS
ADB - Automatic Differential Brake
Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
Brake energy regeneration
CBC - (Cornering brake control)
Child locks on rear doors
Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
DSC+
Dynamic brake control
Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
Electronic brake force distribution
Electronic parking brake
Front and rear head airbags
Front passenger airbag deactivation
Front side airbags
Height adjustable front seatbelts
Hill descent control
Hill start assist
Occupancy sensor for passenger seat
Pyrotechnically pre-tensioned front seatbelts
Seat belt force limiter
Side impact protection
Tyre pressure monitor
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Security
Locking wheel nuts
Remote central locking
Thatcham cat 1 remote alarm/immobiliser
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 205
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 252
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 245
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 258
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 253
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 223
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 216
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 301
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 289
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 252
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 241
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 2993
Compression Ratio 16.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 6
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 84
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 90
Engine Code N57D30S1
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 8 SPEED
Number of Valves 24
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 36.2
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 38.6
EC Urban (mpg) 32.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 9.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 9.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 9.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 9.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 8.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 8.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 11.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 11
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 9.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 9.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 29.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 30.1
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 28.8
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 29.1
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 33.2
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 34
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 24.6
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 25.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 29.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 30.7
General
AdBlue Yes
Badge Engine CC 3.0
Badge Power 381
Coin Description d
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 48E
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 24
Service Interval Mileage 18000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 5.2
Engine Power - BHP 381
Engine Power - KW 280
Engine Power - RPM 4000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 546
Engine Torque - MKG 75.4
Engine Torque - NM 740
Engine Torque - RPM 2000
Top Speed 155
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 275/40 R20
Tyre Size Rear 315/35 R20
Tyre Size Spare RUN FLAT TYRES
Wheel Style M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 468M
Wheel Type 20" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1702
Length 4909
Wheelbase 2933
Width 1989
Width (including mirrors) 2170
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 85
Gross Vehicle Weight 2900
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1525
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 580
Max. Loading Weight 715
Max. Roof Load 100
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 3500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 2185
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 12.8

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £1059.99 p/m £18.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £1103.99 p/m £74.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £1135.99 p/m £133.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £851.99 p/m £42.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £883.99 p/m £98.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £904.99 p/m £150.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £740.99 p/m £51.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £771.99 p/m £114.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £792.99 p/m £177.99 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £1271.99 p/m £21.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £1324.99 p/m £88.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £1362.99 p/m £159.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £1022.99 p/m £50.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £1059.99 p/m £117.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £1085.99 p/m £180.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £888.99 p/m £61.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £925.99 p/m £137.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £950.99 p/m £213.99 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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* This deal is subject to a £100+vat document fee.

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Apple CarPlay preparation £235.00
Digital cockpit £325.00
Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging £470.00
Head up Display £995.00
Lane change warning system with blind spot check £500.00
Night vision with dynamic light spot £1,750.00
Park assist system with steering assist £300.00
Speed limit display £250.00
Surround view including top view and side view cameras £530.00
Traffic jam assist FOC
Universal remote control £200.00
Wifi hotspot preparation FOC
Entertainment
Bang + Olufsen advanced sound system £2,955.00
Harman Kardon Hi Fi system £895.00
Online entertainment £160.00
Rear seat entertainment - professional with remote £2,130.00
TV function £870.00
Exterior Features
Adaptive headlights including high beam assist £540.00
Adaptive LED Headlights £1,495.00
BMW Individual paint £1,120.00
Climate comfort windscreen £215.00
Electric glass tilt and slide sunroof £1,095.00
Fully electric towbar £945.00
High beam assistant £150.00
High gloss black roof rails £295.00
Matt aluminium exterior trim FOC
Matt aluminium roof rails £295.00
Model designation deletion FOC
Soft close automatic (SCA) for doors £485.00
Solid paint FOC
Sun protection glass £345.00
Trim designation deletion on side FOC
Xirallic paint FOC
Interior Features
4 Zone automatic air conditioning £545.00
Active front seat ventilation £695.00
Alcantara/dakota leather upholstery FOC
Auxiliary heating with remote control £1,130.00
BMW individual Alcantara headlining £935.00
Delete smokers pack FOC
Driver + front passenger lumbar support £275.00
Extended Individual Merino leather upholstery £1,590.00
Front comfort seats £475.00
Heated rear seats £400.00
Heated steering wheel £225.00
Manual rear side sunblinds £195.00
Ski bag £195.00
Packs
Active Security pack - X6 £880.00
Cold weather pack - X6 £590.00
Driving assistant plus pack - X6 £1,330.00
M Sport Plus Pack - X6 £1,995.00
M Sport Plus Pack - X6 when bought with Bang & Olufsen advanced audio system £4,190.00
Pure Extravagance Cognac Interior Design pack - X6 M Sport £1,795.00
Pure Extravagance Ivory White Interior Design pack - X6 M Sport £1,795.00
Rear seat entertainment pack - X6 £2,800.00
Paintwork
Individual paint - Azurite black £1,120.00
Individual paint - Pearl silver £1,120.00
Individual paint - Pyrite brown £1,120.00
Individual paint - Ruby black £1,120.00
Metallic - Black sapphire FOC
Metallic - Carbon black FOC
Metallic - Mineral white FOC
Metallic - Space grey FOC
Solid - Alpine white FOC
Solid - Jet black FOC
Xirallic - Flamenco red FOC
Safety
Dynamic safety FOC
Security
Comfort access system £765.00
Technical
Adaptive Dynamic suspension £2,495.00
Trim
Alcantara/dakota leather - Black FOC
BMW Individual ash volcano brown interior trim £560.00
BMW Individual leather instrument panel £1,995.00
BMW Individual piano black trim £560.00
Ceramic finish for controls £420.00
Dakota leather - Black/Black world with contrast stitching FOC
Dakota leather - Canberra Beige/ Canberra Beige world FOC
Dakota leather - Cognac/Black world FOC
Dakota leather - Coral red/Black world FOC
Dakota leather - Ivory white/ Black world FOC
Dakota leather - Terra/Black world with hazelnut stitching FOC
Exclusive Nappa leather - Cognac/black with black world £1,795.00
Exclusive Nappa leather - Ivory white/black with ivory white world £1,795.00
Extended Individual Merino leather - Amaro brown £1,590.00
Extended Individual Merino leather - Criollo brown £1,590.00
Extended Individual merino leather - Nutmeg £1,590.00
Extended Individual Merino leather - Smoke white £1,590.00
Extended Individual Merino leather - Taupe £1,590.00
Fine brushed aluminium interior trim FOC
Fineline Pure textured wood trim £250.00
High gloss american oak trim £250.00
High gloss fineline stripe interior trim £250.00
High gloss individual light sen wood trim £560.00
High gloss poplar wood interior trim £250.00
Leather instrument panel £1,195.00
Wheels
20" M Double spoke light alloy wheel - style 469M FOC
20" M Double spoke light alloy wheel in Jet Black - style 469M FOC
21" M Double spoke light alloy wheel - style 599M £1,350.00
21" M Double spoke light alloy wheel - style 599M (in conjunction with M Sport plus pack) £1,145.00
* option prices shown are estimated