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BMW X6 (2014-2019) review - Reliability and Safety

Top build quality and a lot of safety equipment are hallmarks of the BMW X6

The vast majority of the X6’s components are shared with the current X5 SUV, which has had no major mechanical recalls while it was on sale between 2013-2018 - if there were it's likely that the X6 would be affected as well anyway. Build quality is extremely good too, as is usually the case with BMW’s cars.

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The X6 hasn't appeared in the individual models section of our Driver Power owner satisfaction survey due to the low nubers sold. But BMW consistently fares poorly with owners when you consier the prestige status of the brand. It's a regular finisher in the lower half of the ownership survey, although it often swaps places with Mercedes and Audi in this instance.

There’s a huge amount of computing power on board the new X6, which helps handle all the latest safety technology. Stand-out features include 360 degree cameras, a night vision function, automatic parking and a head-up display.

Neither the X6 nor the current X5 on which it’s based have been crash-tested by Euro NCAP but their size and vast amount of safety equipment means it’s reasonable to assume they’re safe cars overall.


BMW offers a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty with the X6, which is similar to the majority of rivals. The likes of Porsche, Mercedes and Land Rover all offer equivalent packages, with the exception at the premium end of the market being Audi, which limits the cover to three years and 60,000 miles. 


BMW’s service intervals are variable, so the regularity with which you need to visit the dealer is dictated by your mileage and driving style. The car's on-board computer will keep you informed if the car needs dealership attention.

You can buy the optional BMW Service Inclusive package that lasts for five years or 50,000 miles – all for a fixed initial payment. That covers all your servicing and includes a guaranteed MOT pass. BMW Service Inclusive Plus not only covers servicing, but maintenance items such as brake discs and windscreen wipers, too.

Prices vary, but the range-topping diesel X6 M50d costs around £1,000 for Service Inclusive.


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