Luxury SUV market
Treat it with less abandon and it uses a claimed 6.0 litres of diesel every 100km.
The X6 is about excess — if buyers wanted conventional, they’d be shopping for an X5 — and that requires an engine to back up the design drama. Enter the 50i and M50d, catering to performance petrol and diesel fans alike with a sprint time of 4.8 and 5.2 seconds respectively.
Fuel use for the turbo V8 is down 22 per cent to 9.7L/100km while the M50d can sip as gently as 6.6L/100km.
All models ride on 20-inch rims covered by 40mm of rubber upfront and 35mm down back. Consequently all suffer to some degree from a jittery ride on rough roads as the tyres help deal with the initial impact. It is more composed over bigger hurdles and at pace.
Again, Carsguide suspects most buyers will accept the trade-off in favour of the “sportier” ride. Steering response is sharp but with plenty of feedback. Add that to a big contact patch and reassuring brakes and this bejewelled SUV can still shake a leg on the back roads.
The M50d is the family gym junkie, atoning with brute power what little it concedes in finesse. The mid-range acceleration is fearsome and the snarl from the exhausts evokes a truly demented diesel.
The 50i is the artistic one, capable of switching suspension modes from comfort to cannonball in deference to the driver’s moods. So it is the most forgiving on broken bitumen yet will steamroller its way through a hairpin turn with imperious ease as the electronics in the all-wheel drive system shuffle torque to each wheel as required. BMW introduces worthy firsts on its second-gen X6 but being first to showrooms may be its biggest ace. This car is out there, on the streets and in your face, as a rolling reminder it has evolved from seven years of customer feedback to be better everywhere. Benz and Audi will need their A-game to beat it.