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BMW X6

(2019 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

52
%
E

Used car score:

44
%
E

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

63
%
D

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

49
%
C

Reliability Rating:

26
%
E

Running Costs:

21
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

52
%
E

Used car score:

44
%
E

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

63
%
D

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

49
%
C

Reliability Rating:

26
%
E

Running Costs:

21
%
E

Summary


The first BMW X6 launched in 2008, effectively taking the mechanics of the large X5 SUV and enclosing them in a more aggressive body shape with a heavily sloping rear roof line.

After an initial flurry of interest and debate around the relevance of a liftback-style large SUV, the X6 has settled into more of a niche role in the BMW line-up. The current model is the third generation, unveiled in Germany in late 2019 before arriving in the UK in early 2020.

Generally regarded by reviewers as a significant improvement on its predecessors, the latest X6 comes with both petrol and diesel engine options. There are no hybrid or plug-in hybrid versions currently available, and none are expected anytime soon.

The car’s polarising nature is reflected in comments from reviewers. Honest John says that it is not as useful as an X5 “and people will make assumptions about you”. Others concur, Parkers describing it as a car “for those who want to stand out from the crowd”, while Auto Express says it’s “either the perfect interpretation of the sports SUV format or a needlessly heavy and aggressive vehicle”.

The steeply raked rear roof line does come with some compromises, with rear seat headroom and luggage capacity lagging behind the more practical X5. But it’s not as bad as many expect, Auto Express again commenting that the third-generation X6 has liberated more rear interior space than the previous models.

On the road, the BMW X6 is described as competent without being as exciting as it should be, given its powerful engines and sporty pretentions. “Other SUVs do that better,” says Top Gear, highlighting a lack of feedback through the steering wheel. Carbuyer comments on the X6’s big engines; “it’s as fast as a hot hatch.”

One particular concern for current or would-be X6 owners is that its reliability score is very poor. Our own reliability data presents significant concerns, while in August 2022 Warrantywise rated the X6 as the fifth most unreliable used car on sale in the UK. Full details in the ‘Reliability rating’ section below.

As of January 2024, the BMW X6 holds a New Car Expert Rating of E, with a score of just 52%. Its Used Car Expert Rating is even worse, with a score of just 44%. The X6 scores poorly in pretty much every category – reviewers don’t like it, reliability is poor, and it’s brutally expensive to live with.

X6 highlights

  • Surprising interior space
  • Mildly sporty, competent drive
  • Potent engines
  • Quality cabin with lots of tech

X6 lowlights

  • Less practical than X5
  • Less exciting to drive than looks suggest
  • Expensive to buy and to run
  • Historically poor reliability

Key specifications


Body style: Large SUV
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £75,760

Launched: Winter 2019/20
Last updated: Spring 2023
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Auto Express

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Autocar

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Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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Eurekar

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Fleetworld

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Heycar

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Honest John

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Motoring Research

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Parkers

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

As of January 2024, the BMW X6 has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP. Although the mechanically-identical X5 SUV was tested and awarded a five-star rating in 2018, this rating does not carry over to the X6.

The changes to the roofline and pillars from X5 to X6 will inevitably alter the way that the car performs in a side impact, meaning that the X6 would need to be either partially or completely tested separately to be rated. If this happens, we will publish the results here.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the BMW X6 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Ultimately, the X6 is a big, heavy SUV powered by large petrol and diesel engines, so it’s unlikely to do well in environmental testing. If Green NCAP selects the X6 for assessment, we will publish the results here.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The BMW X6 has a poor reliability score as of January 2024, with a reliability score of just 30% according to workshop and warranty data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our commercial partner, MotorEasy. This covers both the current (2019 onwards) model as well as earlier generations.

The most common problems reported for the X6 relate to the engine, which are also expensive with an average repair bill of about £2,000. Gearbox repairs have been even more expensive, but appear to be rarer.

Suspension and electrical systems are also frequently-cited problems, although these have been much cheaper to repair to date.

It’s not just our data that has flagged reliability issues with the BMW X6. In 2022, warranty provider Warrantywise ranked the X6 fifth in the least reliable used cars (up to ten year old) on sale in the UK. So if you own a BMW X6, or are considering buying a used X6, it’s certainly worth considering a used car warranty that covers all of the potential trouble spots shown in the charts above.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models29 mpgE24 – 32 mpgE – E
Diesel models40 mpgD34 – 43 mpgC – D
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models215 g/kmD193 – 273 g/kmD – D
Diesel models185 g/kmC172 – 216 g/kmC – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models50F50 – 50F – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£451D
Year 2£1,007D
Year 3£1,636D
Year 4£2,040D
Year 5£2,638D
Overall£7,772D

It shouldn’t come as any real surprise to find that such a big, heavy SUV costs a lot of money to run. Fuel consumption is high, as are servicing and maintenance costs.

All versions of the BMW X6 are in the top insurance group (Group 50), meaning it’s expensive to insure as well. But all of these costs are in the same ball park as what you’d pay on other similar vehicles.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the BMW X6 has received

2021

  • What Car? Awards – Best Coupe SUV

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The BMW X6 is a sporty-looking and surprisingly practical coupe-SUV, but it's brutally expensive to run and has questionable reliability.BMW X6