BMW X6 (2008 – 2014) Review

BMW X6 (2008 – 2014) At A Glance


+Unique coupe and SUV style. Drives and handles astonishingly well for a big vehicle. M50d has monstrous 381PS and 740Nm torque.

-Far from nimble. Not as practical as an X5. Intimidating to other drivers.

Insurance Groups are between 41–50
On average it achieves 73% of the official MPG figure

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Real MPG average for a BMW X6 (2008 – 2014)


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20–38 mpg

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What should I do about rust in the engine bay paintwork?

"Today my dad was filling up the screenwash in his 2016 BMW X6 and he noticed a patch of rust, about 5mm by 10mm, in the white paintwork in the engine bay. What should he do? He changes car in 3 years time but should he report it to the dealer or can he reject the car as it's just over 3 moths old with only 2100 miles and I wouldn't expect a car of this age to have rust."
Depends what it is. 5mm x 10mm is tiny. Has something that was fixed to the engine compartment dropped off and taken the paint with it? Is it just a scratch? Is it simply an unpainted component? Was the paint removed to reveal a number stamped into the sheet-metal? Might be worth asking the dealer about it, but I would not regard this as a reason to reject the car.
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Which new large all-wheel drive?

"My 2006 Audi A6 Allroad (bought from new) recently let me down on the motorway and I've lost confidence in it. I need to ford a small stream (level fluctuates) on a daily basis and I really appreciate the security of four wheel drive. I love the look of the Jaguar XF Sportbrake but I fear for its ground clearance and lack of 4wd. The BMW X6 4.0d is something that has caught my eye as different from the other usual suspect SUV leviathans."
The biggest problem with an X6 is the massage it sends to other drivers. The forthcoming new Range Rover Sport may well turn out to be best in class, and has raisable suspension so can cross the ford on stilts if necessary.
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Battery drain on my BMW X6

"I have a problem with my late 2009 BMW X6 - the battery is flattening. I have been advised it was the tracker, and after this has been replaced am now advised it is my iPhone. Is there a possible software problem with this model?"
There seems to be a problem with the equipment you have added to it or the way that equipment has been added. There is no fundamental problem with the car.
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Considering buying an X6

"I'm considering buying a new BMW X6 40d, the dealership are offering a fantastic deal. Currently drive a 2012 BMW 535d, awesome car but miss the elevated drive. I've come to know a new shape X6 is rendering and should be available in 18 months. What should I do? "
You've answered your own question. There are deals on the awesome triple-turbo diesel because word is out that a new X6 is on the drawing board. I actually prefer lower powered X6s because I'm not into world domination. An X6 anyway makes a very strong statement about the driver, but with less weight up top it does handle better than an X5 in the same way that a Range Rover Sport outhandles a Discovery and a Range Rover.
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