2014 BMW X6 Review
2014 BMW X6 Review
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- Powerful and fuel-efficient engines
- sporty handling
- upscale interior with comfortable front seats.
- Limited backseat headroom
- small cargo area
- poor rearward visibility
- priced higher than many other luxury SUVs.
Aside from some minor changes in options packages, the 2014 BMW X6 is unchanged.
Marketed as a cross between an SUV and a coupe, the 2014 BMW X6 unfortunately represents a rather lackluster blend of both.
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Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2014 BMW X6 xDrive35i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $3.93 per gallon for premium unleaded in Virginia.
Monthly estimates based on costs in Virginia
$244/mo for X6 xDrive35i
Avg. Midsize SUV
BMW labels its 2014 X6 a "sport activity coupe." And indeed, sleek "coupelike" styling is all the rage lately. But while this design can be impressive on a sedan, the results are less satisfying when applied to an SUV like the X6.
If you're interested in the 2014 BMW X6, it shouldn't be born from a desire for functionality or a truly invigorating drive. The X6's low, sloped rear roof restricts rear headroom and greatly decreases cargo room compared to other midsize crossover SUVs. Now, there is no denying that the X6 handles remarkably well for such a large, heavy vehicle. It also moves with authority thanks to its turbocharged six- and eight-cylinder engines. But is it as fun to pilot as a traditional sport coupe or sedan? Hardly.
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport aren't exactly "practical" purchases, but these sport-tuned SUVs are certainly more useful for families than the X6. And if style and performance are really your top desires, the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS deliver something truly different from the norm and are far more coupelike in their look and feel than the X6.
So, there's a strong logical case for buying something other than the 2014 BMW X6. But maybe you just like the look of the thing. And that's OK by us. At that point, we'll simply suggest that it looks pretty cool in red.
Performance & mpg
The 2014 BMW X6 xDrive35i comes with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard on every X6. BMW estimates that the X6 35i will go from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at 20 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway).
The BMW X6 xDrive50i gets a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 good for 400 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. BMW says it'll hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. At the gas pump you're looking at 17 mpg combined (14 mpg city/21 mpg highway). If this sort of power still leaves you wanting, there's also a 555-hp X6 M that is covered in a separate review.
Every 2014 BMW X6 includes stability and traction control, antilock brakes, automatic brake drying, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. Also standard is the BMW Assist emergency communications system, which provides automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery and on-demand roadside assistance. Optional safety equipment includes a lane departure warning system and sideview, rear- and top-view parking cameras.
In Edmunds brake testing, an X6 xDrive35i came to a stop from 60 mph in a very short 111 feet.
The 2014 BMW X6 provides impressive performance. Acceleration is brisk with either of the available engines, and the X6 has high handling limits when you're charging around turns. But you'll never forget that this is still a big and heavy vehicle, especially if you're driving on narrow, winding roads. In normal driving, though, the X6 is plenty comfortable. Wind and road noise are at a minimum and the suspension does a great job of soaking up road imperfections.
From the front seats, the 2014 BMW X6 is nearly identical to the outgoing X5 upon which it is based, though sportier seats and a cushioned design for the center console (protecting knees during aggressive cornering) are unique to the X6. In BMW fashion, the materials are top-notch and everything is put together beautifully. The iDrive interface works well for controlling and adjusting all of the X6's systems, though in our experience it typically takes a few more clicks and twists of the control knob to get what you want; some rival systems are easier to use.
The X6's sloped roof line is, of course, the whole point of the vehicle, but it does reduce rear headroom by a few inches compared to the X5. In standard form, the rear seat has a large center console and accommodates just two passengers; you can opt to have a three-person bench instead. The outboard rear seats are reasonably comfortable, but they lack any sort of adjustment.
The dramatic roof line also cuts into the cargo area. Cargo capacity is sufficient for occasional hauling, with a decent 25 cubic feet with the seats up, but with the rear seats stowed, the X6 holds only 60 cubic feet, which is below average for a midsize luxury crossover SUV.
2014 BMW X6 models
The 2014 BMW X6 is a midsize crossover SUV with coupelike styling. It seats four people standard, and an optional middle rear seat increases capacity to five. There are two models: xDrive35i and xDrive50i.
The xDrive35i comes standard with 19-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, foglamps, auto-dimming mirrors, a sunroof, a power liftgate and front and rear parking sensors. Inside you get dual-zone automatic climate control, heated 10-way power front seats (with four-way power lumbar), driver memory settings and leather upholstery. Electronics features include the iDrive interface, Bluetooth connectivity, BMW Assist emergency communications and a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface.
The xDrive50i adds a more powerful engine, 16-way "multicontour" front seats with adjustable bolsters and a navigation system. The upgraded seats and nav system are optional on the xDrive35i.
Available on both trim levels, the Premium package adds keyless ignition and entry, four-zone automatic climate control, rear- and top-view parking cameras, manual rear side sunshades and, on the 35i, the navigation system. Opting for the Luxury Seating package gets you ventilation and massaging for the multicontour seats. The Cold Weather package adds a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats.
For more equipment you can choose the Technology package that includes a sideview parking camera, a head-up display and automatic high beam control. The Dynamic Handling package adds an adaptive suspension and enhanced speed-sensitive steering. The Premium Sound package includes satellite radio and a 16-speaker sound system. The BMW Individual Composition package increases the color choice selection and also includes a leather-trimmed dash and multicontour seats (xDrive 35i).
The Sport Activity package gets special 19-inch wheels, darkened exterior trim and sport seats. The M Performance package is similar but gets the 20-inch wheels, performance tires and a sport steering wheel.
Other stand-alone options include LED headlights, a lane-departure warning system, power soft-close doors, running boards, adaptive cruise control, extended leather trim, a rear-seat entertainment system and the BMW Apps suite of Internet-based smartphone features.
4.0 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
2 out of 5 stars
The end of a beautiful love story...
2012 BMW X6 xDrive35i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
After 6 glorious months of having my BMW X6, Judy,(gracefully clocking in at 56,000 miles) and encountering the following... $1,400 for high pressure fuel pump $2,200 for transfer case $616 for replacement of coolant expansion tank 2 oil changes at $150 $170 for a stripped oil pan screw $400 for tinting And... an unattended battery light and need of a blower motor replacement We … mutually decided to part ways. Alice, Subaru Outback, and I are new to each other but I hope a beautiful relationship develops. My advice to you, never buy an $80,000 car (Judy was used and I paid nowhere near that but that was her MSP new) because as I was told in the repair shop, it’s normal to expect $16,000 a year in maintenance. If you would like Judy, she’s on the Subaru lot in Charleston, SC. She’s a beaut Clark... a beaut....
3 out of 5 stars
You better get the extended warranty
2011 BMW X6 xDrive35i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
Before you buy a X5 - X6 drive model, you better check out the extended warranty. My 2011 BMW X6 with only 55K miles is currently at the dealership to have the drive shaft / transfer case repaired . If not for my extended warranty on the car, I would be out $5,000 to $7,000. I got lucky this time, but with less than a year left on the extended warranty, I'm now serioulsy thinking about … trading my car in. This most likely will be first and last BMW, love the car, but hate the cost of repairs cost. Last year, I spent $1700 to have the front and rear brake pads replace.
1 out of 5 stars
Worst Car I have Ever Had
Victoria Bonomo, 09/09/2017
2012 BMW X6 xDrive50i 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)
The BMW X6 i50 was the worst car I have ever had. If you’re thinking about buying one you better buy a fire extinguisher and a few cases of oil. I bought a Vermelain Red Black interior 2012. Loved the car at the time. Paid big bucks, everything at BMW is a “package”. I like to keep my cars – not this one. I had it about a month and it had a chassis malfunction. No one could figure … out what that was and the problem came and went. Then there was an indicator for “increased battery discharge”. The dealer changed cables etc., I brought it in about 4 times then demanded a new battery which I got. Then the indicator said “high battery drain”. Fed up at this point I waited until the car had to go in for the next service. When I brought it in they wouldn’t release the car back. The keyless system was somehow communicating with the battery and the car was ready to go on fire. Around the same time about 5,000 miles the car is asking for oil. They said that’s all normal wait until it hits 15,000 miles. 15,000 miles came and went the car needed a quart of oil every 5000 miles. The need for oil then started to increase as the mileage continued to increase. Eventually, every 900 miles the car needed oil. BMW insisted that was all normal. I wrote to Germany (in German) they referred the problem to BMW North America. They sent a service technician to look at the vehicle – said it was all normal. I was the one topping off the oil not BMW. Then they told me they wanted me to go to the dealer every time it needed oil. Really! – I drive over a 100 miles a day. The dealer is about 2 hours away round trip. I would waste 2 hours every 2 weeks on oil! Beyond that, BMW did nothing. At approximately 50,000 miles it didn’t seem to have the drive or acceleration intensity that is used to have; it couldn’t get out of it’s own way. The dealer said it was normal. The next visit for service not long after the complaint of lack of acceleration – eureka it’s leaking oil and the turbos need rebuilding (which was another 6 weeks at the dealer). That was fixed I drive into my driveway to see the “oil” light go on again – back to the dealer I go. After all that the car did regain its acceleration that it should have. Now 5 years later I am still putting a quart of oil in the car every 900 miles. It needs brakes (normal maintenance), turbos either need to be rebuilt or replaced, and the I Drive is playing games. You put it on one thing and it changes itself to another. Using an independent mechanic certified in BMW who doesn’t charge like a dealer the cost of this vehicle to keep for 1 year has been $10,000. After paying $90,000 for a vehicle you would expect a lot more from the car, the dealer and BMW – you get nothing from any of them. Now do you want to do that – me either it’s traded never to be purchased again!
3 out of 5 stars
It makes sense continued...
2011 BMW X6 xDrive50i 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)
The X6 is a sports car for car enthusiasts who want to drive the car 12 months per year, including snowy months, who need extra room for luggage. Really, fold down those two back seats and you have a two seater with LOADS of space. You have that high seating and massive weight so your wife, bless her soul, isn't going to pee in her pants every time you pass a truck. The car is fast, … luxurious and for my needs, eminently practical. The only con is fuel economy. Dave
We have a limited number of reviews for the 2014 BMW X6, so we've included reviews for other years of the X6 since its last redesign.
2014 X6 Highlights
|Combined MPG||20 MPG|
|Cost to Drive||$244/month|
|Cargo Capacity |
All Seats In Place
|Drivetrain||all wheel drive|
|Warranty||4 years / 50,000 miles|