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2015 BMW X6 Review

The 2015 BMW X6 sits in the lower half of our luxury midsize SUV rankings. Its quick acceleration and engaging handling make it a joy to drive, but limited cabin space and high projected ownership costs hold it back.

Pros & Cons

  • Nimble handling
  • Potent engine lineup
  • Limited cargo space
  • Minimal rear-seat headroom




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.5
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2015 BMW X6 Overview

Is the 2015 BMW X6 a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 BMW X6 is a solid pick if you're looking for a performance-oriented used luxury midsize SUV. With its powerful lineup of turbocharged engines and refined steering, this crossover is one of the most fun-to-drive vehicles in the class. But the X6’s sleek, coupelike styling creates a sloped roofline that cuts into rear headroom and limits cargo space.

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We’ve analyzed 10 BMW X6 reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2015 BMW X6?

Based on nearly 240 listings for the 2015 BMW X6 on our site, the average price is $44,700. Prices range from $36,500 to $63,000 and vary based on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 BMW X6 Cost to Own?

The 2015 BMW X6's five-year costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are projected to be about $35,825, or $7,165 per year. That's above average for a luxury midsize SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New X6?

The 2019 BMW X6 comes with more standard features than the 2015 X6, including forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and Apple CarPlay. However, the 2019 X6's starting price of $63,550 is well above the 2015 model's average list price of $44,700. Since those added features aren't worth the massive price jump, we suggest sticking with the 2015 X6.

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There are a few new luxury midsize SUVs within the price range of the 2015 X6, including the 2019 Lexus RX 350 (MSRP: $43,670). The RX 350 has a comfortable, composed ride, more standard safety features than the X6 (such as pedestrian detection and lane departure warning), and additional passenger space.

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Which Model Year of the BMW X6 Is Best?

The 2015 X6 marks the start of the current generation, and there haven’t been many changes over the years. BMW made wireless device charging and a Wi-Fi hot spot available for the 2017 X6, while a rearview camera became standard for 2018. Unless wireless device charging is a must-have feature, stick with the 2015 X6 and save some money in the process.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 BMW X6?

The 2015 BMW X6 has a slightly above average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 BMW X6 Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2015 BMW X6.

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Which Used BMW X6 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 X6 comes in four trims: sDrive35i, xDrive35i, xDrive50i, and X6 M. The well-equipped base sDrive35i has enough features for most shoppers. These include leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an infotainment system with navigation and a 10.2-inch display. Opt for at least the xDrive35i trim to get all-wheel drive.

For more gusto than what the base trim's powerful 300-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine offers, consider one of the top two trims. The xDrive50i has a potent 445-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8, while the high-performance X6 M trim boasts a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 that makes 567 horsepower.

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What Does BMW's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

The BMW Certified CPO program is available on vehicles with between 300 and 60,000 miles on the odometer. The program covers buyers for one year with unlimited mileage after the four-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty has expired. This warranty can be renewed for a fee, but there is a maximum of five years of coverage. Each BMW must pass a road test and a 196-point inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available. Restrictions apply on transferring CPO coverage to subsequent owners. Read the BMW warranty page carefully.

BMW has one of the less-attractive CPO programs among luxury car manufacturers, according to our research. You’ll get better warranties from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Jaguar.

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How Safe Is the X6?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2015 X6. That’s common for luxury vehicles.

The X6 comes standard with front and rear parking sensors, and many advanced safety features are available. These include pedestrian detection, a rearview camera, a surround-view parking camera, blind spot detection, a head-up display, parking assistance, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with emergency braking, and lane departure warning.

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2015 BMW X6 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 BMW X6 or 2015 BMW X5?

Both the 2015 BMW X5 and X6 are luxury midsize SUVs that feature powerful engine lineups, top-notch cabins, and plenty of standard features. What makes the X5 a more well-rounded choice is its added space. It has more overall passenger room as well as a larger cargo capacity, and you may find a model with third-row seating (not available in the X6). It also has a lower price than the X6, on average. Unless you're set on the X6’s coupelike styling, the X5 is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2015 BMW X6 or 2015 Porsche Cayenne?

Like the X6, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne has quick acceleration, athletic handling, and an opulent cabin with lots of standard equipment. That said, it's a nicer vehicle than the X6. Inside, it offers more passenger room than the Bimmer, and the Porsche has a larger cargo area. The Cayenne also comes standard with all-wheel drive, and it has one of the highest reliability ratings for the class. The catch is that the Cayenne is extremely expensive, so budget-conscious shoppers may prefer the X6.

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2015 X6 Performance

How Does the 2015 BMW X6 Drive?

The base 2015 X6 is powered by a 300-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine. This engine has plenty of power, but those who want a more thrilling ride should look to higher trims. The xDrive 50i features a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that produces 445 horsepower, and the X6 M has a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 that makes 567 horsepower. All engines are paired with a responsive eight-speed automatic transmission.

Overall, the performance of the X6 is one of the most engaging in the class. It boasts expert cornering abilities, and it comes standard with various driving modes to help tailor the ride to your preferences.

Does the 2015 BMW X6 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base 2015 BMW X5 gets up to 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Those are good fuel economy figures for the class.

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2015 X6 Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 X6 Seat?

There's seating for up to five people in the 2015 X6's nicely constructed cabin. The material quality is top-notch, with standard leather upholstery and high-end finishes like available wood trim. The X6's front seats offer a good amount of comfort and support, but a sloping roofline limits headroom in the rear. Some reviewers also bemoan the back row's inability to recline.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 BMW X6?

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for installing child car seats on the X6’s rear outboard seats.

2015 BMW X6 Features

The 2015 X6's standard iDrive infotainment system is easy to operate, but it requires a few extra clicks to get through the menu options. It comes with a 10.2-inch display, Bluetooth, a USB port, nine speakers, and navigation. Available features include a 16-speaker Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen stereo and a rear-seat entertainment system.

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2015 BMW X6 Dimensions

BMW X6 Cargo Space

The 2015 X6 has 20.5 cubic feet of space behind the back row and 53.9 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. These numbers are below average for the luxury midsize SUV class.

A power liftgate is standard in the X6.

2015 X6 Length and Weight

The 2015 X6 is nearly 16.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,630 to 5,185 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 BMW X6 Built?

BMW built the 2015 X6 in South Carolina.

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