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Why Lease The X6?

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BMW X6 Review 2023

The BMW X6 is a luxury crossover SUV with a unique appearance paired with sporty, powerful engines. It has a high-tech cabin, precise chassis and equipment such as the xOffroad package.

Rivals to the BMW X6 include the Range Rover Velar, Audi Q8, Mercedes GLE Coupe and Porsche Cayenne Coupe.

Our BMW X6 review covers:

BMW X6 Pros and Cons:

  • Fun to drive
  • Roomy inside
  • Great infotainment
  • Expensive to run
  • No plug-in hybrid variant
  • Reduced boot space

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

The BMW X6 is a large luxury coupe-style SUV and is essentially a sleeker version of the BMW X5 and an alternative to the similarly-styled Mercedes GLE Coupe and Porsche Cayenne Coupe. The X6 combines classic chunky off-roading proportions with a modern sports car's sleek lines, thanks to its sloping roofline. It also has the eye-catching BMWs trademark 'kidney' grille, which can be illuminated to make it stand out on the road even more. 


With the BMW X6s sloping roofline, you'd expect the interior space to be compromised for rear passengers, particularly regarding headroom, but thankfully that isn't the case. Inside, the X6 feels spacious at whichever end of the cabin you're sitting in, with good legroom and headroom.

As for boot space, the BMW X6 offers 580 litres, expanding to 1,530 litres with all rear seats down. So while the boot doesn't have as much room as the Audi Q8 and Porsche Cayenne Coupé, it will comfortably accommodate luggage for the whole family.

Interior and Trims

The X6's interior is well put together with exceptional accuracy and firmness and is taken directly from the BMW design book for modern interiors. It is also stylish, pleasant, and functional too.

Inside the X6, it looks and feels very similar to the interior you'll find in the BMW X5 with its design and practical button layout. It also means you get BMW's Professional infotainment system, which is easy to use and full of the latest tech.

BMW's infotainment system is the most user-friendly and feature-rich in its class. Unlike the one in the Audi Q8, which can only be handled through a touchscreen, this one has a 12.3-inch touchscreen and a rotary dial controller on the centre console.

Two trim levels are available, including Sport and M Sport.

Sport models come with 19-inch wheels, a 12.3-inch infotainment display with satnav and online services, a 12.3-inch digital driver's display, wireless phone charging, heated electric seats with leather upholstery, and front and rear parking sensors.

M Sport models add sportier styling, 21-inch wheels, an M Sport steering wheel, air suspension, uprated brakes, a 12.3-inch infotainment system with online services and a 12.3-inch digital driver's display.

Power and Performance

BMW offers the X6 with a range of petrol and diesel engines.


The diesel-powered xDrive 30d and petrol xDrive 40i are the first two straight-six engines offered in the engine lineup. The former is the least expensive and produces 265 horsepower, enough to accelerate the vehicle from 0 to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds.

The M50d diesel is equipped with four turbochargers and boasts 400 horsepower with a 0-62 mph time of 5.2 seconds. At the top of the range is the M50i petrol engine, the most expensive model. It's the only X6 with a V8 engine and can accelerate to 62 mph from a stop in an astounding 4.3 seconds. All BMW X6 models have an automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Regardless of the engine you choose, the X6 feels big yet comfortable in a city and more agile than it should be for its size on a country road. Plus, it's incredibly quiet and comfortable on the motorway with the latest driver assistance tech available.

Overall, the BMW X6 is an excellent luxury SUV with a unique appearance and is more fun to drive than its rivals. 

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new BMW X6 start from £72,430.00 OTR* or to lease from Price On Request per month.

Do you have questions about leasing a BMW X6? Nationwide Vehicle Contracts are one of the best car leasing providers in the UK. Our car leasing deals include a manufacturer's warranty, breakdown insurance, inclusive road tax and free delivery to the UK's mainland (exclusions apply).

Additionally, due to set monthly payments, variable mileage, a low initial rental, and changeable contract lengths, leasing a BMW X6 may be less expensive than buying one outright.

*'On the road' price is correct at the time of publication and includes one year's road fund licence, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Prices are subject to change. Always check with your nearest retailer.

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