In a word Ė wow, these pictures donít convey its sheer size or road presence, it certainly turns heads and garners alot of - '' - from other road users. Even when thereís room to overtake some folks will tailgate and match lanes changes . To be honest I was a little worried about the attention it might attract, but it's all been good.
The view through the rear view is restricted but not compromised, you get use to it quickly. In the Vec for example, youíll see the headlights and driver, in the X6 youíll see the driver and roof line. Iím 6í3 while there's enough leg room, headroom is a little bit snug in the back, the hatch space is huge and also comes with floor pan storage area under the boot, 60/40 split seating. Only four seats, but that's what we like, fifth passengers will be strapped to the roof bars.
I canít say Iím really surprised by the mpg, this model is a 3 litre twin turbo diesel (x35d) currently returning just over 26mpg with 286 bhp / 560 torque. Yes she pulls and Iíve been oooh so very heavy footed over the last few days, Iím expecting it to settle around 29mpg (combined is 34mpg). No plans to chip, but I'm looking at dropping the suspension by 10 or 15 mil.
Off road? Unlikey, Iím not interested in what BMW or the reviewers have to say, this beast is staying firmly on tarmac. 4x4 doesnít always bestow off road competency no matter how loud you shout 4x4. What I do expect is exceptional handling in adverse road & weather conditions.
A ton of specs as you'd imagine, a few of my favourits:
Head up display, digital TV tuner (good pictures too, disabled when driving), SatNav, bluetooth, 18 speaker pro logic sound, all black leather incl dash w/ brushed aluminium trim, powered tailgate, 20 inch run flat tyres, paddle gear shifts + sport mode, torque vectoring - means it eats corners for breakfast.
As mentioned elsewhere the Vec is staying, it's used for the daily commute.
Picture location is the Royal Albert Docks, East London. Camera is a Nikon D80.