Test Drive: 2015 BMW X6 xDrive30d

BMW X6 xDrive30d 2015_test drive_02The second-generation BMW X6 has a very powerful presence. At the front end of the car, the X-shaped contour lines of the bumper, the matt-silver underbody protection, the powerful design of the BMW kidney grille and the arrangement of the twin circular headlights are the most prominent signature features of a BMW X model.

You can choose from two non-metallic and nine metallic colours for the body paintwork of the new BMW X6, including the new-to-the-range Sparkling Storm brilliant effect and Flamenco Red brilliant effect variants. Available as an option for the new BMW X6 are aluminium footplates and roof rails in a high-gloss black or Aluminium satinated finish.

BMW X6 engine lineup includes the xDrive35i (306 hp) and xDrive50i (450 hp) petrol engines and xDrive30d (258 hp) and xDrive40d (313 hp) diesel versions. The most powerful diesel is the M50d delivering 381 hp and 740 Nm of torque, while the best performance is delivered by the BMW X6 M with 575 hp and 750 Nm.

We took a test drive with the BMW X6 xDrive30d. Its 3.0-litre diesel engine benefits from BMW TwinPower Turbo technology comprising a turbocharger system with variable inlet geometry and common rail direct injection. The straight-six diesel unit delivers a maximum 190 kW/258 hp and peak torque of 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm. This is 13 hp and 20 Nm more than the previous version. With its extra muscle, this big car can accelerate from zero to hundred km/h in 6,7 seconds.

All the engine variants are paired with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission. If you want, you can take over manual control of gear changes using either the bespoke gear selector or shift paddles on the steering wheel. The latest generation of the sport automatic transmission offers a Launch Control function. It delivers traction-optimised, dynamically maximised acceleration off the line.

Another standard feature is the permanently active, intelligent all-wheel-drive system. BMW X6 isn’t an off-roader, but BMW xDrive improves driving dynamics by optimizing traction, directional stability and cornering dynamics.

What comes to the driving dynamics, there is of course the weight issue. However, the BMW X6 keeps its body well in control. If you want more comfortable or sportier suspension, there are different chassis packages available. The Dynamic Performance Control is offered together with Dynamic Drive active roll stabilisation as part of the Dynamic adaptive suspension package to deliver a targeted improvement in the car’s sporty handling attributes.

Further enhanced ride comfort can be achieved courtesy of air suspension at the rear axle and Dynamic Damper Control, which are included in both the Comfort adaptive suspension package and Adaptive M suspension, which also offers bespoke, sports-oriented suspension tuning. The Professional adaptive suspension package, meanwhile, combines the features of Comfort and Dynamic.