BMW X6 Facelift Review & Test Drive


BMW X6 Overview

It is only when the world had come to terms with the correct definition of shapes of different types of vehicle, BMW shattered them all with an X6; a car that made a unique statement with its unconventionally styled exterior. The German manufacturer also coined a new term – Sports Activity Coupe for the X6 to position it in the most distinct way possible.

With its muscular haunches and an athletic stance, the X6 already looked the part of a sporty beefed up being but then the M Motorsport division at BMW weren’t satisfied with all of that. Instead, they wrapped it with an angrier looking face, machined alloy wheels and also made the interiors look different than that of the standard model. But the main change was done under the hood with an M powered engine. Check for BMW X6 price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

BMW X6 Design

As you scan the BMW X6 pictures of the exteriors, you will notice the overgrown size. The front gets comprehensively tweaked front fascia featuring redesigned head lights in front flanking the reworked radiator grille. The bumper gets fog lights placed a tad high than the usual. Other than the fog lights, bumper also gets chrome garnished air-vents and faux skid plate. An under front spoiler is also equipped making the SUV look sportier. 19 inch, multi-spoke alloys are shod with all four tyres, the flexuous crease lines bring prominence to the side of the SUV.

Body coloured outside rear view mirrors inset with LED turn indicators are placed on driver and co-passenger side. Bonnet is humongous, and roof lines cascading smoothly onto it notch up the outer appeal. Outside door handles are coloured in body colour. Roof meets seamlessly with the rear, a set of revised tail lights are fitted at the back, the black cladding equipped revised bumper appears sportier. Rear also gets rectangular shaped dual tail pipes.

BMW X6 Cabin

Once inside, you witness a cabin which is very typical of a BMW vehicle, with the layout being very common among its sibling. You do however get twin AC vents on the right most and left most side of the dashboard. Cabin quality is almost faultless with fit and finish levels being truly phenomenal. The dashboard gets a dark wood insert while the glovebox is very different, it’s not the usual pull down type and instead there is a button below the AC vent which opens a rather small glove box. However there are plenty of storage bins inside the cabin, including one below the centre arm rest. The instrument cluster is easy to read and you also get a heads-up display which shows the speed in your line of sight.

The seats of the BMW X6 are simply fantastic, offering terrific support all around. With the luxury package, one can get special comfort seats which have active seat ventilation, heating and lumbar support. The cabin feels rich in every way and there is plenty of space for four adults. Legroom is good and headroom is decent but a fifth passenger just won’t be able to sit because the sloping roof has cabin lights in the centre, thereby comprising on headroom of the fifth passenger. There is a small storage area on each side of the rear seat. The BMW X6 features a 4-zone climate control and also has an LCD screen for rear seat passengers (placed right behind the front arm rest) which plays multiple video formats including AUX and DVD. The doors which have wood, leather and aluminium on them are heavy but you don’t have to take much effort to close them as they have a suction mechanism which pulls them back into closed position.

The iDrive system shows an array of data, including torque distribution on each wheel. There are quite a few cameras including 360-degree view. Off-road cameras are placed on either side of the front bumper, while three cameras are placed on the roof to show what’s around you. There is a reverse camera as well with directional marking which is important as rear visibility is poor due to the small rear windshield. The multimedia system has navigation which is quite accurate. Right below the audio system are buttons for the cameras, traction control, boot opening, etc. The boot opens electronically and shuts down with a touch of a button. There is a charging port inside the boot, probably to power your portable refrigerator. There is good amount of boot space but the sloping roof does compromise on the trunk’s carrying capacity to a certain extent. To know more details on BMW X6  check Byteintobigdata

BMW X6 Performance

BMW offers the X6 in India with a petrol and diesel engine which offer excellent performance. The xDrive50i produces 407 HP of power and 600 Nm of torque from its 4.4-litre V8 unit, enabling it to sprint from 0-100 km/hr in just 5.4 seconds. We drove the xDrive40d variant which uses a 3.0-litre flat-6 unit to output 306 HP and 600 Nm. Performance is urgent with a tap on the accelerator pedal pulling the X6 quite strongly to high speeds. Power delivery is quite linear with turbolag well contained. 0-100 km/hr takes 6.5 seconds with the top speed being limited to 250 km/hr.

Even though the BMW X6 is quite heavy, performance is effortless and the mammoth amount of torque really helps in keeping the X6 on the prowl without losing breath even at high RPMs. Redline comes in at 5100 RPM and this motor is simply smashing when it comes to NVH levels, making a sporty hiss when you whip the throttle. Mated to a 8-speed gearbox, the X6 has quick shifts which can be manually controlled via either the joystick gearlever or the steering mounted paddle shifts. Shifting into Sports mode makes the vehicle even more eager and holds the gears longer. It even blips the throttle on downshifts, making the X6 quite fun to drive. Expect a mileage of 7-8 km/l in the city.

BMW X6 Driving

BMW’s are known to be driving machines, the X6’s weight tries to make an exception here. With significant amount of weight under its belly, the X6’s heaviness is felt at high speeds and it has quite a bit of body roll. The vehicle gets bouncy on bad roads and the run flat tyres really don’t help matters much. Surprisingly this BMW has a space saver spare wheel but still BMW has opted for run flat tyres, which do end up spoiling the ride quality to a certain extent. The vehicle is on the stiffer side but still glides on good roads, only to be unsettled on large bumps. BMW doesn’t offer mode selection on this variant of the X6 and you can’t choose between Comfort or Sport, surprising.

High speed stability is excellent and although it’s not as sharp as other BMWs, its still much ahead of its key rivals (from the SUV segment). The steering is a delight and has immense feel and feedback. It isn’t much heavy at low speeds but as you go faster, the steering simply comes into its own, offering a very tactile feel to the drive. Brakes are very sure footed and have terrific stopping power, with the pedal feel being extremely positive. The X6 has good off-road ability and can easily traverse most terrains, thereby offering an splendid balance of good on and off-road driving.

BMW X6 Safety

Among the safety features on offing six airbags, stability control, traction control, dynamic stability control including dynamic traction control, cornering brake control, side impact protection, engine vehicle immobilizer, crash sensor and hill descent control are included.

BMW X6 Price in Bangalore

Bmw X6 On Road Price is 1,15,38,781/- and Ex-showroom Price is 92,20,000/- in Bangalore. Bmw X6 comes in 9 colours, namely Sparkling Storm Brilliant Effect (metallic),Alpine White,Glacier Silver (metallic),Space Grey (metallic),Black (non Metallic),Flamenco Red Brilliant Effect (metallic),Black Sapphire (metallic),Carbon Black (metallic ),Mineral Silver (metallic). Bmw X6 comes with 4WD with 2979 CC Displacement and 6 Cylinders with Maximum Power 302 bhp@5800-6400 rpm and Peak Torque 400 Nm@1200-5000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN 4WD and reaches 100 KMPH at 6.4 seconds . Bmw X6 comes with Automatic Transmission with 4WD .

BMW X6 Bottomline

The BMW X6 might loose out on headroom and boot space against the X5, but it offers an unparalleled level of desirability. While it sure is expensive, it’s a very different and unique body style which is attracting many people to the vehicle. The X6 has carved out such a niche that others are now following with their own offerings (Mercedes and Audi). If you want an SUV which drives well, performs brilliantly and looks out of this world, then the BMW X6 is your only choice today.The BMW X6 might be a less practical X5 but the style quotient makes all that worth it.

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BMW X1 Overview

The new BMW X1 SUV is based on the UKL platform that allows it to shed 135Kgs. It also gets improved cabin space, thanks to the taller and wider body shell. The all-new BMW X1’s wheelbase has been increased by 90mm, and also sports an 85-litre increase in boot space and a 37mm increase in rear knee room.The new BMW X1 SUV is based on the UKL platform that allows it to shed 135Kgs. It also gets improved cabin space, thanks to the taller and wider body shell. The all-new BMW X1’s wheelbase has been increased by 90mm, and also sports an 85-litre increase in boot space and a 37mm increase in rear knee room. The list of most noticeable design updates on the new BMW X1 comprises larger dimensions, updated LED head and tail-lamp units and a mildly updated form of the company’s signature kidney-shaped 2-part front grille. View offers on BMW Cars from BMW dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

BMW X1 Look

One of the previous gen BMW X1’s biggest shortcomings was that it simply didn’t look the part of a rugged SUV. But that’s in the past because the new car looks like it belongs to the X family and it appears tough and imposing despite being the youngest sibling. The new X1 has a handsome face with smart wraparound lamps that taper towards a large kidney grille. The trademark twin corona ring lamps ensure the X1 will never be mistaken for anything but a BMW. Full LED headlamps with a cornering function are now standard. The side cuts a similar profile to the BMW X3 but appears a little lower (it’s actually 53mm taller than the old X1) and this gives it a sporty effect. The rear end has twin pipes and a well executed pair of LED lamps that taper in a similar fashion to the headlamps. There’s a also a neatly integrated spoiler that has a smart back trim along the sides.

This car is in the top M Sport trim which means it gets more aggressive bumpers, and black treatment around the windows and on the roof rails. The rear bumper gets a smart looking gloss grey trim but we wonder how this will stand up to attack from road debris and stone chips. The good news is the that the M Sport trim has the same 165mm ground clearance as the other trims. There’s also a cool M style key fob and lovely 18-inch M branded wheels. However, the best feature of the M Sport kit is the segment first head-up display which shows more than just speed, including turn by turn navigation data, audio information and the door open warning.

BMW X1 Comfort

Open the door and get inside and you will be greeted with the typical BMW interior flavour. The neatly sculpted dashboard that houses the instrument cluster as well as the large screen for the iDrive functionality is reminiscent of the BMW 3-Series. Attention has been paid to the ergonomics for center console is tilted slightly towards the driver in order to allow for easy use of all the functions. The X1 is styled for the trendsetting individual and since this is a machine that begs to be driven, rather than being driven in, BMW has taken the pains to ensure that the owner gets a sense of personal control while seated in the cockpit.

The interiors are well appointed with quality seats, numerous storage spaces within the cabin for small knick-knacks and adding to that is the flexibility which includes the rear folding arm rest, the three way rear seat splitting capability (40/20/40) and the fact that the backrest can be tilted up to 31 degrees to increase comfort for rear passengers. Storage space is also great with a 450 liter luggage compartment that can be expanded all the way to a maximum of 1350 liters if the rear seats are folded flat. No doubt it’s as flexible as interiors get, but being a compact vehicle there is a space crunch, especially for rear seat passengers. Having said that, its mainly tall people such as me who would actually find the rear seat too cramped and this point actually is my only grouse with the vehicle. Anyway, I wasn’t’ going to spend my time in the rear seat for this vehicle begs to be driven and the driver’s seat is where all the action is- especially in a BMW.

BMW X1 Gearbox

As with the recently launched facelifted 3 Series, BMW is sticking with a diesel-only approach for the X1 at launch. There’s one engine available and it is the familiar 1,995cc four cylinder turbocharged diesel. However, BMW haven’t simply shoehorned the old motor in. Instead, it’s been worked on to produce more power and torque, now making a total of 190PS at 4,000rpm and 400Nm at 1,750-2,500rpm thanks to revised higher fuel pressures, and redesigned lower weight internals. A similar 8-speed automatic from most BMWs finds its way here and is as smooth and responsive as a vehicle like this could ever need be.

The motor feels familiar with a free revving nature but a rather loud note. Stand next to the car at idle and you’ll be greeted by quite a fair amount of clatter. Fortunately the sound insulation reduces it to a much quieter level in the cabin. There are three driving modes, Eco, Comfort and Performance. These work based on engine mapping and steering weight. Eco mode reduces throttle response and reduces the climate control’s load on the engine. Sport mode deactivates the start-stop function, increases throttle response and generally makes the X1 feel sharper and more reactive. Performance is sprightly and the 0-100kmph time is 8.4 seconds while top speed is a claimed 219kmph. It’s fast but efficient, returning 12.1kmpl in city and 17.9.kmpl on on the highway.

BMW X1 Driving

In terms of ride quality, the X1 is rather comfortable. The suspension set up is typical German and slightly tightly sprung which does allow for a little harshness to seep in, however if you were to compare this with other cars priced around the same league, the X1 is at par in terms of ride quality. In fact I would say it matches some larger sedans such as the current VW Passat.

Where the X1 scores is in the handling department. The vehicle is precise and can be pushed through corners like nobody’s business. It does come fitted with DTC (traction control), but one must remember that the X1 in India is currently only offered as a rear wheel drive vehicle and having said that, it is truly amazing to see how it just grips the road and can make easy game of twisties. The handling set up leans towards the X1’s sporty nature and BMW has managed to achieve this while giving the vehicle a rather high ground clearance of 193mm in order to allow for some fun in the dirt as well! The high ground clearance is actually an attribute to offer a heightened level of freedom to the driver in terms of enjoying the outdoors, however in India, where we have speed breakers the size of small hillocks; this ground clearance really comes in handy. After all, who likes the sound of expensive metal grating against the breaker; which is a common incident with most sedans.

BMW X1 Safety

BMW has provided six airbags across line-up and features like anti-lock-braking system with brake assist, cornering brake control, dynamic stability control, electronic vehicle immobilizer and crash sensor, ISOFIX chid seat mounting and three-point seat belts at all seats are put in place to avert injuries.Exterior features including LED headlamps with LED DRLs, cornering lights, adaptive light distribution, parking lights, fog lamps and LED tail lamps are standard across range. On the inside, X1 packs sliding armrest in front with storage compartment, rear centre armrest with 2 cup holders, velour floor mats, 40:20:40 rear split seats etc.

BMW X1 Cost in Hyderabad

Bmw X1 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 32,38,475/- (X1 sDrive20d Expedition) to 42,68,403/- (X1 xDrive20d M Sport). Get best offers for Bmw X1 from Bmw Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for X1 price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

BMW X1 Conclusion

On the whole, The X1 has a lot riding in its favour. It’s a BMW, it’s a head turner, it’s powerful and it’s extremely well proportioned to suit the congested environment of our metros. Despite its dimensions, the X1 cocoons you in luxury and also offers you the much needed status proving you have indeed arrived. BMW has managed to price the X1 rather aggressively with the petrol model starting at around Rs. 22 lakh and the diesel models ranging from Rs. 23.5 lakh to Rs. 30 lakh depending on the package. As stated earlier the X1 has also ushered in a new segment, namely the premium compact vehicle segment and by doing so it doesn’t have any direct competitors. However if you were to take on other vehicles strictly from a price point perspective the X1 is all set to march in on the territory of the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, Chevrolet Captiva. These vehicles might be slightly larger than the X1, but the BMW brand tag is bound to be the ultimate temptress.