The 2018 BMW X6 is derived from the former and more conventional X5 model. It blends the features of a coupe and a crossover. Though it possesses the brilliant engine that BMW is famous for but its unusual styling costs us a reduced cargo space. Being a luxury car its price is also in the range of one or maybe even greater. Its infotainment system and interiors are enthralling. The BMW X6 is a fastback SUV that can be availed in three main configurations:
sDrive35i: has a turbocharged six-cylinder engine that provides 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. Rear wheel drive.
xDrive35i: has the same engine as earlier but with all-wheel drive.
xDrive50i: has turbocharged V8 engine that can provide 445 hp and 48-lb ft of torque. All wheel drive.
Driving and Performance:
The 2018 BMW X6 has quick and smooth-shifting transmission and pleasant ride quality. It has good options of powertrains. The sDrive35i and the xDrive35i can deliver 300 horsepower which is good enough. The xDrive50i trim-level can provide can deliver further more power of 445 hp. The engine has a responsive throttle and a heavy light foot produces lively acoustics. The BMW X6 has a less sportier handling and a polarizing design. Though the engine and transmission performance are good but the steering communicates little back to the driver. The acceleration and braking are both remarkable in the BMW X6. On an average it can accelerate from zero to 60mph in 5.8 seconds. The brakes have linear action and require minimal force to engage. Handling in this car might feel marginally affected by the height. It is stiff and capable though.
The BMW X6 interior is simply state-of-the-art. The car has high quality fit and finish. Its interior surpasses its exterior design. The materials used feel expensive and the standard features are luxurious. The dash features a unique digital gauge cluster that can change color according to the selected drive mode. The beautifully crafted interior results in high level of comfort. The exterior noise has no effect on the inside and the cabin remains quiet. Seat comfort is excellent up front but acceptable in the rear. The headroom and rear seat access are slightly limited by the sloping roof. Though the unconventional body style compromises the cargo space but it still has enough under-floor cargo storage to hide and store a lot of stuff. The BMW X6 has a 10.2 inch touchscreen display. Its iDrive infotainment system is easy to operate and captivating. The display can further be customized with a split-screen mode. The X6 has two rows of seats.
The exterior of the BMW X6 is both bulky and slinky at the same time. It has a tweaked cabin design. Like any BMW car it is attractive but it does not feel original. Though the X6 has not got much utility but it is still a car to be flaunted. It has a coup-like roofline and optional 20” V-spoke wheels. Externally, the BMW X6 is all about dominance. It has an intelligent chassis that has Dynamic Damper Control that can instantly adjust the shock absorbers from their softest to firmest settings. The all-wheel drive system works in tandem with Dynamic Stability Control. The weight distribution in X6 feels perfectly balanced. The balanced chassis stays stable and planted in any situation.
The X6 is yet to be crash tested by NHTSA AND IIHS but still some conclusions can be drawn by interpolating its similarity to the BMW X5. Its standard driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning. All trim-levels of X6 come with a host of airbags. Night vision with pedestrian and animal detection and adaptive headlights are some of the desirable features that are on the options list.
Final Verdict: Its nearly a decade since the BMW X6 was first launched. Since then it has undergone many modifications. The end result 2018 BMW X6 is a reliable car. Being a BMW and a luxury midsize SUV it is bound to be stylish. It is better equipped than most of its rivals. Though the unusual body style has incurred some loss in the cargo-space but its fantastic infotainment system and well-to-do interior make up for it. But, sill, it would be a smart choice to check some of its prominent rivals before buying this vehicle.