Drive – BMW X6 50d Review

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diesel engine


Unique looks



Thirsty for a diesel


Not as spacious or practical as X5

headroom tight

Rear not adjustable

For BMW, the M brand for motorsport – is the pinnacle of and one defined by the racetrack-ready M3 and M5, two of the fastest on the road.

Such is the M division’s that BMW was keen to further the letter, so is dipping its toe in the water a new range of M Performance models.

To the the difference between M and M Performance is given each relies on the red and blue badge and each the M in its name.

But M Performance is a rung on the sports scale, making more affordable – and not as quick. Or sporty.

It also allows BMW to break of the M rules, like using a engine in the M50d versions of the X5 and X6

Price and equipment

X6 pricing off at $110,900, plus on-road and costs, for the xDrive 30d, gets a smooth 3.0-litre diesel engine.


are various diesel and petrol all the way up to the flagship X6 M ($190,900), with its V8 loaded with all the fruit.

But the most interesting new addition is the X6 tested here. Slotting the X6 M, the X6 M50d (tongue-tied yet?) is from $157,000 and brings it the same coupe-inspired four-door and a generous smattering of equipment.

Like all X6s, it gets a start, an electronic park front and rear parking cameras with overhead display, a driver head-up xenon headlights, rain-sensing a powered tailgate, satellite internet connectivity using a data connection, six airbags and control.


The M50d also active headlights, four-zone control airconditioning, smart key alcantara leather trim, that turn around active suspension and a better sound system, among of other goodies.


are also trim changes freshen the interior, such as the dark, patterned aluminium on the dash and more supportive


Styling tweaks unique 20-inch wheels and a bonnet to fit in that diesel


There’s only a spare tyre, but runflats on all wheels give additional for short distances.

Under the

A look at the claimed 0-100km/h gives an idea of where the X6 50d in. Able to reach the milestone in 5.3 it’s just 0.1 seconds than the V8-powered (but non M) but 0.6 seconds slower than the X6 M the full M one).


Which probably mean much to most except to say that the 50d is punchy.

Three turbos work across the rev range. A small one up quickly at low engine speeds, a one takes over from 1500rpm, then a third in from about 2600rpm.


Peak power is a thoroughly 280kW, but it’s the thrusting of torque that manages to the headline. The full 750Nm is from just 2000rpm, which makes for effortless Squeeze the throttle and it comfortably pace with minimal


The eight-speed automatic is short-geared for a car with so much flexibility. And although it slinks the gears smoothly and quickly after a mild hesitation a standstill – I encountered when I would have it held on to, say, third or gear, allowing the torque to do its job than darting down a


It still sounds but there’s a deep purposefulness to its


Less impressive is the use. On paper, the government 7.7 litres per 100 kilometres claim is enough, but the reality is you can use close to that. Even on a gentle cruise interspersed with city running, we never saw 10.0L/100km on the trip computer.

And the stop-start system – widely on lesser BMWs is missing on the M50d, suggesting was a bigger priority than use.

How it drives

The chunky steering is indicative of the way the X6 goes about its Forget dainty or lithe the diesel hotshot is more grabbing it by the scruff and telling it to do.


The thick tiller feels the part, but at more 2.1 tonnes, the X6 is no featherweight, something you at the first sign of a corner. Big wheels do their best to the bitumen, though. Through flowing corners, the M50d admirably and behaves itself the surface is smooth.


the tighter, twistier stuff catches it out, particularly if you for quick changes in direction, the sheer mass makes known. The stiff suspension means bumps can lead to of unwanted body movement, not to a jiggliness to the ride.

Comfort and

It’s pure BMW inside, means a formal ambience up by the large, wide colour in the top of the dash and orange illumination Functionality of major controls is good. BMW’s iDrive is, these days, a snip to and the eight programmable buttons are handy and user-friendly.


The rear seats as accommodating. Headroom is tight for people, the headrests can’t be and even the door openings are But as part of the recent model at least there are now three across the rear in case you to transport five.


needing more space including an extra 50 litres of space – will the X5 (with which the X6 shares a better partner.


isn’t overly accommodating, the covered centre console, glovebox and small odds-and-ends just get the job done upfront.

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