What is it?
It’s an innovative new way to appal your friends. Just as they recover from you telling them that you’ve bought an X6, you mention it has a 3.0-litre petrol engine with two turbos. Imagine the shame.
What’s it like?
Dynamically it’s good; the ride is fine, and it steers, turns, grips and stops well. It’s well finished inside and the front is spacious, but room is at a premium in the rear. The engine and gearbox combo is very refined. It makes a good noise under acceleration and is quick with it. If you put the stigma to one side, it’s quite impressive.
Should I buy one?
If you must have an X6, you’ve got to do the maths. The 35i isn’t a great deal faster or more refined than a 35d, it emits 42g/km more CO2, falls into the highest VED tax band and only does 25.9mpg (the diesel model manages 34mpg). That said, it's cheaper to buy and its fuel is cheaper, too.