2016 BMW X6

MSRP $60,600 - $75,300

Ranked #1 in Suv

9.0

Overall Rating

2016 BMW X6 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 20, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The BMW X6 comes as a carryover model for 2016. And we totally agree with this as there is hardly anything that needs to be fixed on the X6. It gets powerful engine options, the ride and handling are among the best in the segment, and the top-class cabin remains a driver’s delight. As usual, the BMW X6 comes in two trims that offer two engine options. The base trim offers a choice of RWD and xDrive AWD configuration while the other trim has an xDrive AWD standard. 

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Pros

Unique coupe design

Powerful engine options

Sharp driving dynamics

Top-notch cabin quality

Cons

Ride quality is firm

Limited cargo space

The rear headroom is tight

What's New?

The 2016 BMW X6 is a carry-over model


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$60600

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

300 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

300 lb.-ft. @ 1300 rpm

transmission

8 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

115.5 in.

length

193.8 in.

width

78.3 in.

height

66.5 in.

curb weight

4630 lbs.

ground clearance

8.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

59.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

6000 lbs.

payload capacity

1110 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/25 mpg

highway range

531.3 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

sDrive35i$60,600 onwards

xDrive35i$62,900 onwards

xDrive50i$75,300 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 BMW X6 in Carbon Black color
Carbon Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

9.3

Interior

8.9

Exterior

9.9

Safety

8.0

9.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

9.0

Overall Rating


The prices for the 2016 BMW X6 range from sixty grand to seventy-five grand. For long the BMW X6 has remained unchallenged in the segment but the rival brands are catching up on the trend and have their own offering now rivaling the X6. The rivals of the X6 include the likes of Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe, Porsche Cayenne, and the Infiniti QX70.


8.0/10
Features

9.3/10
Engine and Performance

8.9/10
Interior

9.9/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2016 BMW X6 Features

8.0/10

The 2016 BMW X6 comes in two trim configurations, sDrive35i and xDrive50i. The sDrive35i (RWD) and xDrive35i (AWD) come with a V6 powertrain while the top variant comes with a V8 powertrain. All of the powertrains come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The price for the base trim starts at $60,600 and the top end xDrive50i trim comes in at $75,300.

Trim

sDrive35i

xDrive35i

xDrive50i

MSRP

$60,600

$62,900

$75,300

Key Features

300 hp, 3.0-liter turbo inline-6 engine

Adds or upgrades to ‘sDrive35i’

Adds or upgrades to ‘xDrive35i’

 

Front And Rear parking sensors

Permanent Locking Hubs

445 hp, 4.4-liter twin-turbo V6 engine

 

Dakota Leather Upholstery

Electro-Mechanical Limited Slip Differential

Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering

 

Genuine Wood/Metal-Look interior trim

LED Brakelights

Four-zone automatic climate control

 

19-inch alloy wheels

Hi-Fi Sound System

Keyless ignition

 

Adaptive xenon headlights

 

Hands-free liftgate

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Harman & Kardon Surround Sound System

 

Front and rear parking sensor

   
 

Front foglights

   

We Recommend

The base sDrive 35i is the best option out of all these trims. Offroad capabilities are similarly restricted for all these cars and on-road performance of the 2-wheel drive is fine for urban utility.

2016 BMW X6 Engine and Performance

9.3/10

There exist two variants of turbocharged powertrain available for the 2016 BMW X6 SUV. The BMW X6 sDrive 35i and xDrive35i have a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that generates 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard for the sDrive 35i, and all-wheel drive is standard for the xDrive 35i. A twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine rated at 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque powers the xDrive50i. All of the powertrains are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Models

2016 BMW X6

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe

2016 Porsche Cayenne

2016 Infiniti QX70

MSRP

$62,900

$65,100

$58,300

$47,300

Engine

3.0-liter turbo Inline-6 

3.0-liter twin-turbo V6

3.6-liter V6

3.7-liter V6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Horsepower (hp)

300 hp @ 5800 rpm

362 hp @ 5500 rpm

300 hp @ 6300 rpm

325 hp @ 7000 rpm

Torque (lb-ft)

300 lb-ft @ 1300 rpm

384 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm

295 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm

267 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

5.7 sec

5.1 sec

6.5 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter mile (sec)

14.4 sec

13.7 sec

13.5 sec

14.6 sec

Top Speed (MPH)

143 MPH

155 MPH

173 MPH

155 MPH

The X6 xDrive35i can scoot from 0-60 mph in just 5.7 seconds which is quick despite the heavy curb weight. The more powerful V8 powertrain brings down the 0-60 mph time to 4.6 seconds which is sports car territory. As for the rivals they offer a V6 engine where the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe gets a twin-turbo V6 while the other two get a naturally aspirated V6. As evident, the GLE-Class Coupe puts out the highest 362 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque and runs the quickest 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds.

2016 BMW X6 Fuel Economy

As per the EPA estimates the base model of the X6 has a fuel economy rating of 18 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 20 mpg combined. With the xDrive AWD setup, there is a drop of 1 mpg in the city mileage. While the much powerful xDrive50i with a twin-turbo V6 returns a rather conservative 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. As standard, the X6 gets a 22.4-gallon fuel tank capacity which is the lowest among the rivals.

Model

2016 BMW X6

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe

2016 Porsche Cayenne

2016 Infiniti QX70

MPG (city)

18

17

19

16

MPG (highway)

24

23

24

22

MPG (combined)

20

20

21

18

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

22.4

24.0

26.4

23.8

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles) 

403/ 538/ 448

408/ 552/ 480

502/ 634/ 554

381/ 524/ 428

Among the rivals, only the Porsche Cayenne manages to beat the BMW X6 in this comparison. The Cayenne returns 19/24/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined respectively that is 1 mpg more in the city and combined compared to the X6. The Cayenne also gets the biggest fuel tank of 26.4-gallon and manages 500 miles plus range in the city and 630 miles plus range on the highway. 

2016 BMW X6 Interior

8.9/10

Elegant, sophisticated, and driver-focussed are some words that can be used to describe the insides of the 2016 BMW X6. The cabin has remained unchanged since last year as this is a carryover model. So you can expect a nice blend of metal and wood trim around the dash with soft-touch material and plastics used throughout the cabin. The overall layout gives priority to the driver and BMW has ensured all the controls are within the driver’s easy reach. Moving to the seats, the front seats are the real showrunner here as they are spacious and comfortable. While the rear seats are best avoided as they lack headroom and are not the best place to be seated.

Model

2016 BMW X6

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe

2016 Porsche Cayenne

2016 Infiniti QX70

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.9/ 60.5/ 40.3

N/A

N/A

39.3/ 57.3/ 44.7

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.9/ 57.9/ 35.6

N/A

N/A

38.5/ 57.4/ 34.6

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

26.6

23.0

23.6

24.8

The cabin space of the BMX X6 isn’t the best in the business but that’s the case with all other coupes too. The sloping roofline eats up into the precious cargo and rear headroom. The reason why they are never known for being accommodative or practical. Although the BMW X6 manages the biggest 26.6 cubic feet of boot space. As for the rivals, the closest is the Infiniti QX70 with 24.8 cubic feet of boot space. Key interior features include:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Power-adjustable steering column
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Driver’s seat memory function

How intuitive is BMW X6’s infotainment system?

The BMW’s iDrive infotainment is the best among the luxury brands. The X6 gets a full 10.2-inch command screen infotainment system that runs on the latest iDrive interface. The setup is used to control almost all the functions of the car so it takes time to get accustomed to the menus and options. Standard features include a 9-speaker sound system, USB port, navigation, etc. While available features include a 16-speaker Harman & Kardon sound system. Key infotainment features include:

  • 10.2-inch screen w/ iDrive interface
  • Bluetooth 
  • AM/FM/CD player
  • Navigation
  • 9-speaker sound system
  • Available Harman & Kardon sound system

2016 BMW X6 Exterior

9.9/10

The BMW X6 is slightly redesigned for this year and the trademark kidney grille is flatter with more edgy headlights around it, rather than being round but these changes are barely noticeable to the unsuspecting eyes. The high riding stance and coupe-like roofline contribute to a completely new niche and BMW calls it SAV(Sports Activity Coupe). You can think of an X6 as a larger BMW X4 in terms of dimensions although it shares its underpinnings from the BMW X5 which is much more practical and spacious being an SUV and not a coupe.

Model

2016 BMW X6

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe

2016 Porsche Cayenne

2016 Infiniti QX70

Curb weight (lbs.)

4,750

4,894

4,488

4,321

Length(in)

193.8

192.6

191.1

191.3

Width(in)

78.3

78.9

78.7

75.9

Height(in)

66.5

67.7

67.4

65.0

Ground clearance (in)

8.3

N/A

N/A

7.4

Wheelbase (in)

115.5

114.8

114.0

113.6

Dimension wise the BMW X6 is a pretty big coupe SUV yet it misses out on being the widest and the tallest among all. Although it has the highest ground clearance of 8.3-inches and the longest wheelbase of 115.5-inches. Weighing more than 4,894 lbs the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class remains the heaviest among all. Key exterior features include:

  • Power tailgate
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Moonroof
  • Adaptive xenon headlights
  • Available adaptive LED headlights w/ automatic high beam control
  • Available adaptive suspension
  • LED foglights
  • Front and rear parking sensors

2016 BMW X6 Safety

8.0/10

Being a niche product neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has crash-tested the 2016 BMW X6. Although BMW as a brand is known for its safe cars and there shouldn’t be an iota of doubt that it won’t make the X6 a safe car. As standard, you get host safety features and a few of the highlights have been listed in the table below. For those who want to go a step further, BMW offers a Driver assist package which can be had to gain access to a slew of driver-assist features. Key safety features include:

  • Automatic-locking retractors (ALR) on all seat belts
  • Front and rear Head Protection System (HPS) w/ front side-impact airbags
  • Available Adaptive cruise control
  • Available Blind-spot monitoring
  • Available Front collision warning and mitigation system
  • Available Lane departure warning
  • Rollover sensor 
  • Adaptive Brakelights
  • Impact sensor

2016 BMW X6 Final Verdict

The oddball BMW X6 has and will continue to be a niche product. It has all the virtues of a big and powerful BMW vehicle but lacks on the practicality and daily usability part. As a driver’s car it is a delight but as a family SUV, you are better off with its siblings like the X5 and X4 or even the rivals like the GLE-Class and the Porsche Cayenne. So you should weigh your priorities well before taking a plunge for the BMW X6.

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