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7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.3
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 BMW X6 Review

Despite its outstanding handling and powerful engines, the 2017 BMW X6 places in the bottom third of our luxury midsize SUV rankings because of its cramped interior and small cargo hold.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine choices
  • Sporty handling
  • Upscale interior
  • Small back seat
  • Short on cargo space
  • High predicted operating costs

2017 BMW X6 Overview

Is the 2017 BMW X6 a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 BMW X6 is a slightly subpar luxury midsize SUV. It delivers the sportiness one expects from a BMW, but it’s not the best when it comes to hauling people and cargo. The X6’s infotainment system can be burdensome at times as well. However, this BMW features an attractive interior and an above-average predicted reliability rating.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 15 professional evaluations for this 2017 BMW X6 review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 BMW X6?

There are 60 listings on our site for the 2017 BMW X6. Prices start at $50,200 and top out at $92,400, with the average price sitting at $62,500. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 BMW X6 Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 BMW X6 are estimated to be $35,926. That’s well above average for a luxury midsize SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New X6?

The 2018 BMW X6 has a starting price of $62,950, which is close to the 2017 X6’s average price of $62,500. Still, a used model is a better choice. You’ll likely pay less and get more for your money by getting a 2017 X6 in a higher trim or with more features.

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You can spend less on a new luxury midsize SUV and still get a better vehicle with more room than a 2017 X6. Examples include the 2018 BMW X5 (starting price: $57,200), 2018 Audi Q7 ($49,900), and 2018 Acura MDX ($44,200).

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Which Model Year of the BMW X6 Is Best?

BMW fully redesigned the X6 for 2015, and there have been no major changes since. Despite the lower price of the 2014 X6, it has a low overall score and should be avoided. The 2015 X6 is a smarter buy since it has similar features to a 2017 model, but at a lower price.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 BMW X6?

The 2017 BMW X6 has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 BMW X6 Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 BMW X6 has one recall for an incorrect tire information label.

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Which Used BMW X6 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 BMW X6 comes in four trim levels: the base sDrive35i, the xDrive35i, xDrive50i, and the high-performance X6 M. The base model makes sense for most shoppers. Its turbocharged 300-horsepower inline six-cylinder makes good power. Standard features include leather upholstery, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The X6’s standard iDrive infotainment system features a 10.2-inch display, a nine-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and navigation.

The xDrive35i has all-wheel drive and suspension upgrades. The xDrive50i has a 445-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 engine, 20-way power-adjustable front seats, a rearview camera, and quad-zone automatic climate control, among other features. The X6 M has a 567-horsepower V8 engine, upgraded brakes, and performance-tuned all-wheel drive and suspension.

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Certified Pre-Owned BMW X6 Warranty

Even with the 2017 X6’s above-average predicted reliability, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned model for extra peace of mind. The BMW CPO program is available on vehicles with less than 60,000 miles on the odometer. The program covers buyers for one year with unlimited mileage after the expiration of the four-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty for passenger cars and SUVs for a maximum of five years of coverage. Each BMW undergoes an inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available. Restrictions apply on transferring certified-pre-owned coverage to subsequent owners. Read the BMW warranty page carefully.

CPO programs offered by Lexus, Infiniti, and Mercedes are more robust than BMW’s program.

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How Safe Is the X6?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the X6.

The only standard active safety features are front and rear parking sensors. Available safety features include a rearview camera, an infrared night vision camera, a 360-degree parking camera, automatic parking assist, forward collision warning with brake assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go traffic assist, and blind spot monitoring.

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2017 BMW X6 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 BMW X6 or 2017 BMW X5?

While the X6 is a coupelike SUV, the 2017 BMW X5 has a more traditional SUV shape. That means the X5 has more passenger and cargo space. True to the BMW legacy, there are no compromises on performance with either SUV, and the X5 comes with the same powertrain offerings that are available in the X6. However, unlike the X6, the X5 is also available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain or a turbodiesel engine. Overall, the X5 is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2017 BMW X6 or 2017 Porsche Cayenne?

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne is one of the few luxury midsize SUVs that is sportier than the 2017 X6. It has outstanding handling in all trims and a lineup of powerful engines. All-wheel drive is standard in the Porsche. Inside, the Cayenne has more rear-seat space than the BMW. Both SUVs have similar rankings, so go with the one that best suits you. However, keep in mind that the Cayenne’s average price is a few thousand dollars higher than that of the X6. 

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2017 X6 Performance

How Does the 2017 BMW X6 Drive?

The 2017 BMW X6 is known for more than just its horsepower. It has agile handling and poised steering, with little body roll around turns. The sport mode tightens up the suspension for even better driver engagement.

The X6 comes standard with a turbocharged 300-horsepower inline six-cylinder engine that delivers more than enough power for swift off-the-line acceleration and great highway power. A 445-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 engine is also available. A boosted version of this engine with a whopping 567 horsepower comes in the X6 M. All models use an eight-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly and makes the most of whichever engine it’s paired with.

Does the 2017 BMW X6 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base rear-wheel drive X6 sDrive35i gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which puts it toward the bottom of the luxury midsize SUV class. The all-wheel-drive BMW X6 xDrive35i drops highway mpg to 24. The upper-level xDrive50i is rated at 15/21 mpg city/highway. The high-performance X6 M gets the worst fuel economy of the bunch with just 14/19 mpg city/highway.

2017 BMW X6 Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2017 X6 can tow up to 6,000 pounds.

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2017 X6 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 X6 Seat?

The BMW X6 seats five people. Leather upholstery is standard, along with 14-way power-adjustable, heated front seats. Available features include heated rear seats, 20-way power-adjustable front seats, cooled front seats, and Nappa leather upholstery.

The front seats are comfortable. Although rear legroom is abundant, the X6’s coupelike sloping roof makes rear headroom tight for all but the smallest adults.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 BMW X6?

The 2017 X6 has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats. The X6's lower anchors are deep in the seat cushion, which can make car-seat installation difficult. You'll have to slide open a little seam in the seat to find the attachment point.

2017 BMW X6 Features

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, and a moonroof. The standard iDrive infotainment system features a 10.2-inch display, a nine-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, and navigation. The iDrive system is easy to use, but you sometimes have to work through extra menus to make a selection.

Available features include quad-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, proximity key entry, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, a DVD player and rear headrest screens, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system, and soft-close automatic doors.

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2017 BMW X6 Dimensions

BMW X6 Cargo Space

Cargo space in the 2017 X6 is only 26.6 cubic feet, and folding down the rear seat gives you just 59.7 cubic feet. Both numbers are among the lowest in the luxury midsize SUV class. A hands-free liftgate is available.

2017 X6 Length and Weight

The 2017 X6 measures 16.1 feet in length. Its curb weight ranges from 4,630 to 5,185 pounds. The X6 has a gross vehicle weight rating that ranges from 6,100 to 6,400 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 BMW X6 Built?

BMW manufactured the 2017 X6 in South Carolina.

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