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7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.2
Safety: N/A
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2015 BMW X6 Review

The 2015 BMW X6 is a fun-to-drive vehicle with exhilarating performance, but high ownership costs, minimal cargo space, and a sloping roofline that cuts into rear headroom bring this luxury midsize SUV down in our rankings. 

Pros & Cons

 

  • Nimble handling
  • Impressive acceleration from V8 models

 

 

  • Limited cargo space
  • Poor rear visibility

 

2015 BMW X6 Overview

Is the 2015 BMW X6 a Good Used SUV?

If you’re looking for a fun-to-drive luxury midsize SUV, the redesigned 2015 BMW X6 is a good pick. With outstanding handling and strong acceleration, its performance is one of the best in the class. However, its coupe-like styling impedes interior space, and other SUVs in the class provide good performance without foregoing spaciousness.

Used 2015 BMW X6 Performance and Interior

The BMW X6 comes standard with a 300-horsepower, turbocharged six-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available in the base trim (xDrive35i). Higher trim levels include two twin-turbocharged V8 variants (with 445 and 567 horsepower, respectively) and all-wheel drive. All used X6 models come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The BMW X6 has an array of turbo engines that are built to excite (especially the V8 that powers the high-performance X6 M). The X6's base engine gets 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. This is a highly efficient rating in the class. Models with the V8 drop to 14-15 mpg in the city and 19-22 mpg on the highway. Quick acceleration, well-weighted steering, and taut suspension make the X6 a corner carver. There’s also an available M Sport package and Adaptive M suspension with three modes: Comfort, Sport, and Sport+.

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You’ll find high-end materials and comfortable seats in the X6, but its sloping roofline limits visibility and headroom in the rear. Furthermore, the X6 has one of the lowest cargo capacities in the class. The standard iDrive infotainment system has a huge 10.2-inch screen, but navigating the menus requires several steps, and it's not as easy to use as rival systems. The X6 has two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outer seats.

The BMW X6 comes standard with leather seats, power-adjustable front seats, power lumbar support, driver’s seat memory settings, a sport leather-wrapped steering wheel, a navigation system, automatic climate control, heated front seats, and a power liftgate. Notable available features include a rearview camera, a surround-view camera, keyless entry, ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

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Used 2015 BMW X6 Prices

The 2015 BMW X6 ranges in price from about $48,400 for a base sDrive35i to around $57,100 for the xDrive50i. Pricing isn’t currently available for used X6 M models, but you can expect to pay a significant premium. Prices vary depending on location, mileage, features, demand, and condition.

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We Did the Research for You: 10 Reviews Analyzed

We gathered and analyzed 10 BMW X6 reviews – along with reliability and safety ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you make the best buying decision possible.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 BMW X6?

The X6 has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five, which is about average among luxury midsize SUVs but above average compared with all vehicles on the road.

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How Safe Is the X6?

As with many luxury vehicles, neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2015 BMW X6.

Front and rear parking sensors come standard in the 2015 X6. Its long list of available safety features includes parking assistance, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with emergency braking, lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, a rearview camera, a surround-view camera, blind spot detection, and a head-up display.

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Should I Consider Another Used X6?

2015 marked the first model year of the X6's second generation, which includes the 2017 model. Since there were no notable changes for 2016, stick with a 2015 X6 to save some money.

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Which Used BMW X6 Is Right for Me?

The 2015 BMW X6 is a coupe-like SUV with four configurations: sDrive35i, xDrive35i, xDrive50i, and X6 M. The base sDrive35i comes with a plethora of features that should satisfy most buyers. The xDrive35i adds all-wheel drive. Either of these trims is your best bet. The xDrive50i is a tempting option with a sizable jump in horsepower, but it doesn’t come with enough extra features to justify the price jump, and the base engine is plenty powerful. If you’ve got some extra cash, the high-performance X6 M won’t disappoint with its 567-horsepower V8 and many performance upgrades.

You might consider purchasing a certified preowned X6. 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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2015 BMW X6 and Other SUVs to Consider

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

Both BMWs come with an intuitive infotainment system and potent engines, and both feature a high-end cabin. However, the 2015 BMW X5 edges out the X6 by providing more passenger room and cargo space in a more traditionally styled SUV. Available third-row seats and solid safety scores add to its appeal.

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

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne has more passenger space and a nearly perfect predicted reliability score. It matches or bests the X6 in most areas, but it's also much more expensive. Both SUVs have luxurious interiors and athletic handling, though the X6’s engines are more powerful. If you can afford it, go for the Porsche.

Which Is Better: 2015 BMW X6 or 2015 Range Rover Sport?

The 2015 Range Rover Sport has superb off-roading capabilities not found in the X6. It has powerful engines and an even more luxurious interior than the X6. However, it also has a below-average predicted reliability rating and higher ownership costs. If you don’t need to hit the trails, the X6 is the way to go.

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