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2014 BMW X6 Review

With its powerful engines and athletic handling, the 2014 BMW X6 offers good performance for an SUV. However, it's relegated to the bottom of the class due to its high predicted ownership costs and underwhelming interior space. 

Pros & Cons

  • Athletic handling
  • Strong turbocharged engines
  • High cost of ownership
  • Limited rear headroom




Critics' Rating: 6.8
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.9
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2014 BMW X6 Overview

Is the 2014 BMW X6 a Good Used SUV?

The 2014 BMW X6 isn't really a good luxury midsize SUV or a smart buying decision. The X6 features a coupelike design, which was meant to offer owners the best of the sports coupe and SUV worlds. While it succeeds somewhat with the former by offering thrilling BMW driving dynamics, it comes up short on the latter. Rear headroom is tight, which limits the ability to transport people, and the cargo hold is small compared to competitors.

Used 2014 BMW X6 Performance and Interior

The 2014 BMW X6 is available with a range of powerful engines. A standard 300-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine is adequate for daily driving, while a 400-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 moves the X6 with authority. The range-topping high-performance X6M boasts a ludicrous twin-turbo V8 that puts out 555 horsepower. Every X6 model includes all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy estimates range from 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway for the six-cylinder xDrive35i model, down to 14/21 mpg city/highway for the xDrive50i model.

Despite its hefty size, the X6 handles with grace and agility. It can easily carve corners thanks to its low center of gravity, and it maintains a comfortable ride quality over most surfaces.

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Despite being a midsize SUV, the X6 only has standard seating for four – though some models may seat five. The X6 comes standard with leather upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable heated front seats. Available amenities include front sport seats, 20-way power multicontour front seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and multiple types of premium leather. All of the seats are comfortable, but the coupelike roofline limits rear headroom for taller passengers. It also results in several blind spots for the driver. The X6 has two sets of LATCH child-seat connections.

Standard features in the 2014 X6 include push-button start, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, parking sensors, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, and the iDrive infotainment system. Available features include four-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel, proximity keyless entry, navigation, a rearview camera, a surround-view camera, a head-up display, satellite radio, premium audio systems, and a rear-seat entertainment system. The iDrive interface is easy to use. Its controls are managed via a knob on the center console instead of with a touch screen.  

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Used 2014 BMW X6 Prices

Average prices for a used 2014 X6 range from around $36,800 for a base xDrive35i to about $40,200 for an xDrive50i model. You can expect to pay significantly more for a used X6M. The actual prices you find will depend on the vehicle's mileage, features, and condition, as well as where you live.

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We Did the Research for You: 50 Reviews Analyzed

To help you decide if the BMW X6 is the right used SUV for you, we analyzed 50 professional reviews from across the automotive industry. Our research also incorporates reliability scores, cost of ownership predictions, and other important information.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 BMW X6?

The 2014 BMW X6 has a reliability score of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, which is considered just above average for all vehicles on the market. However, class leaders have near-perfect ratings.

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How Safe Is the X6?

The 2014 BMW X6 did not undergo any crash testing, which is common for luxury and performance vehicles. Front and rear parking sensors come standard in the X6, while other available driver assistance features include automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, a rearview camera, a surround view camera, and lane departure warning.

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Should I Consider Another Used X6?

The 2014 BMW X6 marks the last year of the SUV's first generation, which began with the 2008 model year. Aside from a slight front-end visual refresh for 2013, the X6 saw few major changes over the previous couple of years. Consequently, you can likely save money and get a similar vehicle by shopping for an older model.

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Which Used BMW X6 Is Right for Me?

The 2014 BMW X6 SUV is available in three trims: the xDrive35i, the xDrive50i, and the performance X6M. Standard and available features are mostly the same between trim levels, so your choice will focus on engine power. If performance is a concern, you'll be happier with the xDrive50i's V8 versus the standard six-cylinder. Though all X6 models come with attractive features, you may want to look out for conveniences like a rearview camera, satellite radio, navigation, or a premium sound system.

Consider a certified pre-owned X6 to get the most bang for your buck. The BMW CPO program has three levels based on the vehicle’s age and the number of miles on the odometer: Certified Pre-Owned Elite, Certified Pre-Owned, and Pre-Owned. Each level receives the balance of the original new-car warranty. Certified Pre-Owned Elite vehicles get an additional one-year/25,000-mile warranty, while Certified Pre-Owned models receive an additional two-year/50,000-mile warranty. Pre-Owned BMWs receive no additional coverage. Each BMW undergoes an inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the BMW warranty page carefully.

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2014 BMW X6 and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 BMW X6 or 2014 BMW X5?

The X5 is another midsize luxury SUV from BMW. It was fully redesigned for 2014 and earns higher overall performance scores than the X6. It's available with rear-wheel drive, in a torquey turbodiesel variant, and with a more powerful V8 than the X6. The X5 seats five, but some models may have an available third row that ups capacity to seven. Unfortunately, those seats are only suitable for children. Thanks to its redesign, the X5 is available with modern features such as a brilliant 10.2-inch infotainment display and night-vision pedestrian detection. Unless you strongly prefer the sporty coupe styling of the X6, there are few reasons to buy one over an X5.  

Which Is Better: 2014 BMW X6 or 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport?

The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport features impeccable performance for a midsize luxury SUV. With powerful supercharged engine options, the Range Rover Sport should dust the X6 off the line. Standard four-wheel drive also makes the Rover one of the most capable off-road SUVs in the class, in contrast to the all-wheel-drive X6. It can also be found with an available third row. Though the Range Rover Sport is a slightly better buy overall, it's not without its hang-ups. It has below-average reliability and higher purchase and ownership costs than nearly all other rivals. If your budget can handle it, the Range Rover Sport is the pick.

Which Is Better: 2014 BMW X6 or 2014 Porsche Cayenne?

The 2014 Porsche Cayenne ranks near the top of this class due to its excellent reliability score – 4.5 out of five. Sports-car-like handling and potent engine options allow the Cayenne to challenge for top performance billing in the class as well. The Cayenne has an opulent interior and a long list of available features on par with many other SUVs in the class. However, it also has one of the highest ownership costs in the segment, and its average prices are higher than those of the X6. Still, when shopping for a performance-focused luxury SUV, it's hard to beat the Cayenne.

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