Why Do the Onboard Computer and Electronics of the BMW X6 Spoil the Whole Impression?


Let’s talk about a model that can ruin the owner with countless breakdowns. And that’s the BMW X6 (F16 body), produced from 2014 to 2019.

The X6 has become almost a dream car for many. But is it worth chasing? And won’t you have to pay with a series of problems for wanting to own a prestigious crossover? Even if it is enough money for a cult “almost new” BMW X6, it is necessary to think seriously. In this article, we’ll break down the obvious advantages and disadvantages of this car, so you know what to look for when buying.

First of all, I would definitely recommend renting BMW X6 in Dubai for a week and checking it out first before buying. The first experience you are likely to have is connected with the interior,  onboard computer, and electronics in general. That’s why we consider this part of the car here. It’s true that you are waiting for the best quality, especially if you remember, that dealers ask for more than $65000 for the new X6. So let’s check if it satisfies our requirements

The interior of the car, which will have to be changed at once.

The BMW X6 is a two-row, five-seat SUV. The front seats have good cushioning, comfortable support and provide ample head and legroom even for tall passengers. Front visibility is good, but rear and side visibility is limited by narrow windows and a sloping roof. The coupe-like roof “steals” space above the heads of the rear passengers.

BMW X6 has a luxurious interior. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard. Options include ventilated and massaging front seats, heated front armrests, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, rear sun visors and M Sport seats with large side bolsters.

The new BMW X6 2021 features the latest version of the BMW iDrive infotainment system with a wide 12.3-inch touchscreen mounted high on the dashboard. This display is easy to read, the graphics are clear and the system responds quickly to input. You can also control the multimedia via the touchpad on the center console or the physical buttons on the dash and steering wheel. This overabundance of controls is intimidating at first, but with a little practice, it becomes clear that the layout is user-friendly. The popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps also come standard.

Not everything works smoothly, however. The hand gesture recognition system, for example, is more of a fancy new feature, but not a useful tool. It allows users to control features such as the radio with a flick of the hand or finger but tends to misinterpret commands or not register at all.

What is the problem with electronics?

But the most problems are caused by the electrics. Very often the StartStop system and the function of the all-wheel-drive connection work incorrectly, especially in winter, and the electric steering booster also malfunctions. Many users connect it with the car’s over-engineered design and abundance of complex electronics. Therefore, numerous equipment failures are still repaired under warranty.

Why is the onboard computer not on the driver’s side?

Any malfunction in the braking system, engine, gearbox, or steering is reflected on the screen. And the majority of them are trifles. For example, automatic transmission adjusts to a driving style and if the driver and thus the style was changed, the box will show an error. You will have to take it off at a dealer with obligatory diagnostics. Only for such cares, it is often possible to overlook really serious defects. In fact, there are many electronic options in every unit.


In general, one should not buy a BMW X6, especially used, with last money. But drivers say it’s everyone’s choice whether or not to buy this car. You should at least try it first in different conditions to see if you like it.

For the most part, reviews of the x6 are positive, although some drivers note that the car lacks a smooth ride and quality electronics. That said, the model is quite capable of competing with other top-of-the-line vehicles being produced now.