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2016 BMW X6 Review

The 2016 BMW X6 is a joy to drive and sports a lavish interior. The coupelike styling helps this midsize SUV stand out from the crowd, but its sloping roofline cuts down on head space and cargo room. It also has a poorer total cost of ownership score than its rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Muscular engines
  • Agile handling
  • Small cargo area
  • Limited back-seat headroom




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 BMW X6 Overview

Is the 2016 BMW X6 a Good Used SUV?

If you want the thrilling performance of a German sports car from a midsize SUV, the BMW X6 is a sublime choice. This Sport s Activity Coupe (as BMW calls it) is about as agile and energetic as they come, but some lower-priced rivals offer more room for people and luggage, without sacrificing performance.

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How Much Is the 2016 BMW X6?

The X6 is among the pricier vehicles in its class. On average, you’ll pay about $54,600 for a 2016 model (though prices fluctuate between $43,800 and $81,700, depending on the trim level, vehicle condition, and regional demand). These price estimates, which are based on 90 listings for the 2016 X6 on our used car site, are significantly higher than those of most other luxury midsize SUVs. For example, you’ll pay around $47,600 for a 2016 BMW X5 and $48,300 for a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE.

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How Much Does the 2016 BMW X6 Cost to Own?

You can expect to spend about $34,700 over the course of five years on maintenance, repairs, insurance, and fuel for a 2016 X6. That’s within the ballpark of what these expenses cost for a 2016 BMW X5 or 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, and around $2,000 less than you’ll spend on a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New X6?

Not much is different between the 2016 and 2018 X6. A few features have been added to the new X6, such as a standard rearview camera and an available Wi-Fi hot spot. If these aren’t must-haves, you may want to stick with a used model to save around $8,400. (That’s the difference between the average price of a 2016 X6 and the $62,950 MSRP of a 2018 X6 sDrive35i.)

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If you’re contemplating buying a new luxury SUV, a few other midsize models are available at or near the price of a 2016 X6. The 2018 Land Rover Velar is a brand-new entry in this class. It boasts cutting-edge technology, a polished ride, and standard all-wheel drive. For a more athletic SUV, look at the 2018 Audi Q7. This agile, energetic SUV will pamper your crew with its opulent, well-equipped interior. Prices for both the Velar and Q7 start at $49,900.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 BMW X6?

The 2016 X6 has an above-average reliability score of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 BMW X6 Recalls

As of this writing, no recalls have been issued on the 2016 BMW X6.

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Which Model Year of the BMW X6 Is Best? 

The second generation of the X6 (which debuted for 2015 and includes the 2018 model year) scores higher than the inaugural series, offering improvements inside and out. The components and scores within this generation are similar. For 2017, wireless charging for smartphones and a Wi-Fi hot spot were added to the options list. Beyond that, few differences separate the three model years, so you may be able to save a little money by buying a 2015 X6 instead.

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Which Used BMW X6 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 X6 comes in four trim levels. The sDrive35i is the base model – and the only version that comes standard with rear-wheel drive. The xDrive35i, xDrive50i, and X6 M each have a different horsepower rating and come with all-wheel drive. Of these, the X6 M is the most fun to drive, in part because of its exhilarating twin turbo V8 engine. However, this version may be too costly for many luxury midsize SUV shoppers. The xDrive50i is an excellent concession, offering a similar level of performance for a much lower price. This trim comes with a robust V8 engine that has twin turbochargers, and some models feature handling upgrades like an adaptive suspension system (added with the Dynamic Handling package). The superbly comfortable 20-way power-adjustable front seats, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system, quad-zone climate control, a hands-free power liftgate, and a rearview camera are additional standard luxuries of the X6 xDrive50i.

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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 have tested the X6. Though no crash test scores are available, a wide range of driver assistance features are. All models have front and rear parking sensors, and the available rearview camera gives you a clear view of the area behind the SUV. The available Driver Assistance Plus package adds blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning (with pedestrian detection), and automatic emergency braking.

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2016 BMW X6 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 BMW X6 or 2016 BMW X5?

The BMW X5 leaves the coupelike look to the X6, providing a more traditional SUV style. It's about the same size as the X6 and has the same available powertrains, but it has an available third row and a cargo area that's larger and easier to use. The X5’s combination of comfort and standard tech makes it a great pick for families.

Which Is Better: 2016 BMW X6 or 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE?

The Mercedes-Benz GLE has a robust engine lineup, but where this SUV really shines is in its cabin. You'll find one of the most opulent interiors in the class here, with first-class materials and gobs of user-friendly features pampering you on every ride. The GLE also comes with an impressive array of standard and available safety features, and it has outstanding crash test ratings. 

Which Is Better: 2016 BMW X6 or 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport?

If you're looking to extend your play from the pavement to the trail, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport should be on your short list. It's one of the most capable off-road SUVs you can buy, and it comes standard with air suspension, distinct driving modes that alter the SUV's settings for different terrains, and full-time four-wheel drive.

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2016 X6 Performance

How Does the 2016 BMW X6 Drive?

Powering the BMW X6 xDrive35i and sDrive35i trims is a 300-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine with plenty of power for most driving situations. The xDrive50i is powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 with 445 horsepower, while the high-performance BMW X6 M cranks 567 horsepower out of its twin turbo V8.

BMW's Driving Dynamics Control (a standard feature) gives you four driving modes to match your mood, ranging from the performance-oriented Sport+ to the more fuel-conscious Eco Pro. The suspension easily absorbs bumps in the road, especially when Comfort+ mode is engaged.

Does the 2016 BMW X6 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base model X6 has a fuel economy rating that’s average for the class, at 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. This rating drops to 14 mpg in the city and 19 on the highway in the X6 M.

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2016 X6 Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 X6 Seat?

First-class materials complement handsome styling in this BMW. Its fineries include aluminum, bamboo, and carbon fiber trims, along with leather upholstery in a multitude of colors. There are five seats. Those up front will enjoy heated, 14-way power-adjustable seats that are plenty comfortable for long trips. If you prefer more customizable support, look for models with 20-way power-adjustable seats that will help you find just the right position. Passengers in the back will be less content – there's plenty of legroom, but the X6's sloping roofline leaves very little headroom and the rear seats are difficult to get into.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 BMW X6?

The back seat of the X6 is outfitted with sets of upper child-seat anchors all the way across and lower anchors on the outboard seats.

2016 BMW X6 Features

The X6 comes with one of the largest infotainment screens in the class – a whopping 10.2 inches. BMW uses a console-mounted knob to control its iDrive infotainment system. Some settings are easy to use, while others require multiple clicks through a series of menus. The controller recognizes handwriting, so you can trace letters or numbers on the touchpad with your finger to input things like addresses. Other standard niceties include a power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and smartphone integration. Opulent upgrades are available, such as a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system and a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system.

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2016 BMW X6 Dimensions

BMW X6 Cargo Space

The cargo area in the X6 – measuring 20.5 cubic feet behind the rear seat – is one of the smallest in the class. For a more accommodating rear seat and a more convenient cargo area, consider BMW's other midsize SUV, the X5.

BMW X6 Length and Weight

The X6 stretches 16.2 feet from bumper to bumper. Curb weight depends on the trim level; it ranges from 4,585 pounds (X6 sDrive35i) to 5,185 pounds (X6 M).

Where Was the 2016 BMW X6 Built?

The 2016 X6 was built in South Carolina, as were the X3 and X5.

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