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Safety and Driver Assistance

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*Due to lack of NHTSA and IIHS crash testing.

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The X6 has yet to be crash-tested by either agency, so we cannot rate its overall safety. BMW makes buyers pay extra for most driver assists, but the list includes cool tech such as self-parking and night vision-yes, night vision.

Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the nonprofit, independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) evaluate vehicles for crashworthiness in the United States. NHTSA assigns cars an overall rating out of five stars. IIHS uses a different set of tests, grades cars on a scale of Good to Poor, and awards the vehicles that perform best across its tests with Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ honors, the latter of which requires that the subject’s automated forward-collision-braking system performs well.

Read more about how NHTSA and the IIHS crash-test cars here.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Test Results

2018 BMW X6

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Test Results

2018 BMW X6

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Airbags, Child Seats, and Spare Tire Location

After sliding the front-passenger seat forward slightly, we had no issues installing a rear-facing child seat in the X6. Every X6 model has standard run-flat tires, but a spare tire is nonetheless available for $150.

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Active-Safety Features

Every X6 has a driver-attention monitor and front and rear parking sensors, but adding more requires you to spend more money. Apart from the Parking Assistance package ($700), which includes a high-resolution surround-view-camera system and self-parking assist, buyers must add the Premium package for $1150 ($1600 on the xDrive50i) to unlock the other active-safety features. The Driving Assistance package ($1700) includes lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision warning, and automated emergency braking. Another $1200 gives you the Driving Assistance Plus package, which brings adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology for more enjoyable traffic jams. An optional night-vision camera uses thermal imaging to detect people, animals, and objects in your path. If you’ve already spent $2550 on the Executive package, what’s an extra $2300 for night vision?

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Backup Camera

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