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Rankings & Research

The 2018 BMW X6 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Luxury Midsize SUVs category. Currently the BMW X6 has a score of 7.6 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 18 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.6

Overall

Scorecard

Overall: 7.6
Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.2
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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2018 BMW X6 Review

The 2018 BMW X6 finishes in the bottom half of our luxury midsize SUV rankings. It's athletic and upscale, but its smallish interior makes it less practical than many of its competitors. Also, the X6’s total cost of ownership score is high.

Pros & Cons

  • Potent, refined engines
  • Athletic, composed handling
  • High-class, high-tech interior
  • Above-average predicted reliability rating
  • Small cargo space
  • Limited back-seat room

Is the 2018 BMW X6 a Good Used SUV?

The two-row 2018 BMW X6 isn't a great used luxury midsize SUV, but it's also not a bad one.

Here are some of the 2018 X6's biggest strengths:

  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • Multiple powerful engine options
  • Athletic and fun to drive
  • Better handling than most class rivals
  • Stylish, attractive interior
  • Lots of standard tech, like Apple CarPlay and blind spot monitoring
  • Comfortable front seats

And here are its notable weaknesses:

  • Rear seats are too small for most adults
  • Subpar cargo capacity for its class
  • Higher cost of ownership than many competitors
Why You Can Trust Us

Our BMW X6 review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 18 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 BMW X6?

Based on listings for the 2018 BMW X6 on our site, the average list price is $59,000. Prices range from $49,000 to $86,500 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 BMW X6 Cost to Own?

The 2018 X6’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $39,400, or $7,880 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 carries a starting price of $63,550. The 2019 model gets several new standard features, including Apple CarPlay, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and more. If these features aren't important to you, then you may be better off shopping for a used model.

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The X6 hasn’t changed much since it was last redesigned for 2017. BMW made a rearview camera a standard feature in the 2018 model, while the 2017 X6 introduced wireless device charging and a Wi-Fi hot spot. You can potentially save thousands of dollars by purchasing a used X6, though older models may not have as many features.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 BMW X6?

The 2018 BMW X6 has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 BMW X6 Recalls

At the time of writing, there are three recalls for the 2018 BMW X6:

  • Wheel bolts may loosen
  • Lower control arm may break
  • Wishbone suspension bolts may be improperly torqued

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used BMW X6 Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 BMW X6 comes in three trims: 35i, 50i, and M. Each has its own powertrain, and that's one of the main factors that separates the trims. Walking up the line brings very few interior upgrades. With that in mind, many buyers are best served by sticking with the base trim, unless they have a compelling reason to step up to one of the hulking V8 engines.

Note that when the X6 was new, there were plenty of option packages and stand-alone features to add to any trim, so you can potentially find an X6 with tech offerings beyond the standard features listed below.

  • BMW X6 sDrive35i and xDrive35i: The entry-level X6 trim comes in two versions: the rear-wheel-drive X6 sDrive35i and the all-wheel-drive X6 xDrive35i. Powering both is a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, a power liftgate, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors are all standard. The infotainment system includes BMW's iDrive system, a 10.2-inch touch screen, navigation, nine speakers, Bluetooth, a USB port, and HD Radio.
  • BMW X6 xDrive50i: The X6 xDrive50i gets more power by upgrading from a six-cylinder engine to a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8. This all-wheel-drive SUV also features 20-way power-adjustable contoured front seats, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, satellite radio, and four-zone automatic climate control.
  • BMW X6 M: The range-topping X6 M takes everything up a notch. It has a 567-horsepower V8 engine, as well as sport-tuned all-wheel drive, suspension, and brake systems. The X6 M also comes with 18-way power-adjustable front seats, upgraded leather upholstery, aluminum trim, a leather-wrapped dash, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system, a hands-free power tailgate, and M-specific interior and exterior styling elements.

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

The BMW CPO program is available on vehicles with more than 300 but less than 60,000 miles on the odometer. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. 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 a road test and 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.

According to our analysis, competitors like Lexus, Volvo, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz have more robust CPO programs than BMW.

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How Safe Is the X6?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has put the 2018 BMW X6 through crash tests.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • front and rear parking sensors

Available advanced safety features:

  • adaptive cruise control
  • 360-degree camera
  • blind spot monitoring
  • lane departure warning
  • forward collision warning
  • city collision warning (low-speed object/pedestrian warning)
  • pedestrian detection
  • head-up display
  • speed limit information
  • active park assist
  • night vision camera

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2018 BMW X6 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 BMW X6 or 2018 BMW X5?

The 2018 BMW X5 resides in the same luxury midsize SUV class as the X6, and it finishes higher in the rankings. The X5 is more spacious inside, and it's available with two or three rows of seats. The X5 comes with the same six-cylinder and V8 engine choices as the X6, but it also has available turbodiesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains. Unless the sleek styling of the X6 speaks to you, the X5 is a better buy.

Which Is Better: 2018 BMW X6 or 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE?

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE has arguably the nicest interior in the class. It has plenty of passenger space, opulent materials, and a rich array of standard features. You can get the GLE as a traditional SUV (the more practical choice) or as a four-door coupe similar to the X6 (the sportier choice). The GLE isn't as athletic as the X6, but there are performance-oriented Mercedes-AMG models with incredibly powerful engines. If you want a luxurious SUV that’s also practical, pick the Mercedes over the BMW.

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2018 X6 Performance

How Does the 2018 BMW X6 Drive?

The X6 has three different engines in its lineup, one for each trim. The base six-cylinder engine is plenty powerful for daily driving, and it provides quick acceleration. The V8 engines are much more potent, particularly the 567-horsepower engine powering the performance-oriented X6 M. This BMW has the handling chops to let you take advantage of its power; it has the agility of a smaller vehicle, and it's fun to drive. It also rides smoothly, absorbing impacts without too much disturbance.

  • Base engine: 300-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder
  • Available engines:
    • 445-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8
    • 567-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive (standard above the base trim)
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 BMW X6 Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its standard engine, the X6 gets fuel economy ratings typical of a luxury midsize SUV. The numbers get worse as the engines get more powerful.

  • six-cylinder, RWD: 18/25 mpg city/highway
  • six-cylinder, AWD: 18/24 mpg
  • 445-horsepower V8: 15/21 mpg
  • 567-horsepower V8: 14/19 mpg
2018 BMW X6 Towing Capacity

The X6 can tow up to 6,000 pounds when properly equipped.

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2018 X6 Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 X6 Seat?

The 2018 X6 seats five people in two rows. Many rivals have more spacious cabins, but few are more posh. This BMW looks the part of a luxury vehicle, with excellent styling and plenty of premium materials. Both rows of seats are supportive, and the front seats provide plenty of space and comfort for adults. The rear seats aren't as roomy, and most adults will feel cramped if they ride in the back.

Standard seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • heated front seats
  • 14-way power-adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • ventilated front seats
  • 18-way power-adjustable front seats
  • 20-way power-adjustable contoured front seats
  • heated rear seats
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 BMW X6?

The 2018 X6 has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat.

2018 BMW X6 Features

The X6 features BMW's iDrive infotainment system. It comes with a large touch screen that has sharp graphics and responds well to inputs. It takes a little time to get used to the interface, but it's easy to use once you get the hang of it. It's also easy to sync your smartphone with the iDrive system.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 10.2-inch touch screen, navigation, nine speakers, hands-free text messaging, Bluetooth, a USB port, and HD Radio
  • Available infotainment features: Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a DVD player and rear headrest screens, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system
  • Additional standard features: push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a moonroof
  • Other available features: wireless device charging and quad-zone automatic climate control

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2018 BMW X6 Dimensions

BMW X6 Cargo Space

The 2018 X6 has 26.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the seats. That expands to 59.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Most class rivals give you more cargo room. A power liftgate is standard, and a hands-free liftgate is available.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 BMW X6 Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 2 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,585 to 5,185 pounds

Where Was the 2018 BMW X6 Built?

BMW built the X6 in South Carolina.

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