So I needed to get to Uitenhage in a hurry and I wanted to save someÂ cash on fuel by getting my hands on a diesel. What was a boy to do? Surprisingly BMW answered my request with an X6 SUV which they referÂ to as a coupe even if it has four doors. It might have the slopingÂ roof of a coupe thus making the shape coupe like, but I donâ€™t believeÂ a coupe is a coupe unless it has two doors and a solid roof. The looksÂ ill describe as striking because it aint pretty, never has been andÂ never will be, but it sure draws a crowd of fans very quickly. Â Everyone loved it besides other BMW drivers who were green with envyÂ knowing the thing costs more than theirs.Â So itâ€™s not a new car, but it does have aÂ new engine. The X6 is forÂ the first time available with a diesel engine because BMW didnâ€™t atÂ the time of this carâ€™s initial launch, haveÂ a diesel engine capable ofÂ the performance an X6 should have. Â Â Remember to BMW the X6 needs toÂ have better performance than an X5 otherwise they cant charge theÂ premium for this impressive looking vehicle, but the normal dieselÂ engine in the xDrive30d X5 only produces 180kW and 540Nm which meansÂ buying the more expensive X6 with this engine would give you noÂ performance advantage. What did BMW do? They took that same engine andÂ boosted the performance with a few turbo tricks and it now producesÂ 225kW and 600Nm. Enough to call it the xDrive40d even if the engine isÂ still the same 3.0 litre. Confused yet? Donâ€™t be, because its anÂ amazing engine! Those 600Nm of torque is available from idle and getsÂ you to 100km/h in under eight seconds which is astonishing given theÂ sheer girth of the X6. Â The word here people is â€śopulenceâ€ť and iâ€™m talking electric leatherÂ seats, heated front and rear. The fronts also have a cooling (cold airÂ up your bum and against your back) and massage function. Front andÂ rear DVD screens and a separate DVD player in the back so the kids canÂ watch cartoons while you use the GPS up front. The tailgate isÂ electric and this proved very entertaining as you could open the thingÂ from quite a distance confusing the parking attendants, but whatÂ really got them was that it also closed itself as you walk away afterÂ loading your groceries. Even the doors pull themselves shut if youÂ donâ€™t feel like that added chore. When driving and you get bored whyÂ not activate the radar controlled cruise control which measures theÂ distance between you and the car in front of you, accelerates and evenÂ brakes on your behalf to maintain that distance and even comes toÂ complete stop if the car in front of you stops. When did BMW driversÂ get so lazy? Â Back to my trip and all that power might seem wasted, but believe meÂ when you need to overtake trucks it comes in real handy. You also getÂ helped first at petrol stations and people stare. The suspension is onÂ the hard side which is great for the supurb handling given the weightÂ of the vehicle, but you feel every bump in the damn road which isnâ€™tÂ ideal for long distance travel. what is ideal however is the amazinglyÂ low fuel consumption of nine liters of diesel per 100km, which isÂ astounding if you consider the size and performance you get. Im sureÂ the smooth eight speed automatic gearbox with steering wheel mountedÂ shifters has something to do with it. Yes you read right, its an eightÂ speed gearbox!Â Â Youâ€™ll spend an average of R800 000 on an X6 with a few extras, but ifÂ you have no off-road desires but love the look and feel of an SUV, byÂ all means break the bank and go big. Youâ€™ll be exclusive, flashy andÂ king of the road like all other BMW drivers, but youâ€™ll be differentÂ because even if it cant go off the beaten track youâ€™ll still be theÂ envy of the envied. The four wheel drive system in the X6 is gearedÂ for on road handling like Audiâ€™s Quattro system in its road cars, notÂ quite the same 4X4 ability youâ€™ll find in a Land Rover so please donâ€™tÂ even bother with gravel, its not that kind of 4X4. Â It only seats four as the rear has two individual seats with a hugeÂ armrest and console in the middle. The boot is huge though and you getÂ run-flat tyres on those 19 inch wheels. Yes its over the top and yes IÂ loved it. I wont buy one because its a bit impractical andÂ uncomfortable, but good on BMW for giving us something different man,Â something interesting and something nobody else is doing. ItsÂ refreshing, yet overpriced, huge yet seats only four and striking ifÂ not pretty, but thanks for the option of being silly BMW.