Before you buy a BMW X6 in Uganda

The BMW X6 is a mid-size luxury crossover by German automaker BMW.
The first generation (E71) was released for sale in April 2008 for the 2009 model year The X6 was marketed as a Sports Activity Coupé (SAC) by BMW. It combines the attributes of an SUV (high ground clearance, all-wheel drive and all-weather ability, large wheels and tires) with the stance of a coupé (styling featuring a sloping roof). It was based on the previous generation BMW 5 and 6-series. E71 development began in 2003 under Peter Tuennermann, after start of E70 X5 development in 2001. Design work by E70 X5 designer Pierre Leclercq was frozen in 2005, with test mules being run from the summer of 2005 and prototypes being tested from late 2006. Production began on December 3, 2007.

Before you buy a BMW X6 in Uganda

The BMW X6 is a large luxury SUV that's based on the X5, although the main difference between the two is that the X6 gets a more rakish, but less practical, coupe body.

It lacks the space of the X5, but the X6 certainly stands out in a crowd. It also has a range of extremely powerful petrol and diesel engines, so even the basic models are fast. It’s very composed at speed, and is a lot more agile than a car of its size and shape should be.

The X6 is expensive to buy and run, but it has heaps of equipment and a luxurious interior. The latest version is also roomier and more efficient than the model it replaced, if still behind most other big SUVs in this area.

Buying a foreign used BMW X6 from a local Ugandan car bond

There are a number of car bonds in Uganda specifically Kampala from which you can buy your Audi X6. However, you have to do good research in order to find a reputable car bond or dealer who will be able to provide you with the car that will meet your needs and above all genuinely imported into Uganda.

You need to look out for prices and discounts. Local car bonds may not charge the same prices for the same car. Prices of the Audi A6 may be affected by mileage of the BMW X6, condition of the car, model, and year of manufacture.

It is also very important to note that there have been numerous cases of car thefts especially from Europe in particularly from Britain. These cars have been traced up to Uganda and the buyers have fallen in trouble for buying stolen cars.

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Importing a foreign Used BMW X6 from Japan or other parts of the world

In case if you prefer to import your own BMW X6 from say Japan or from Europe, things change a bit. First it would require you to find a trusted dealer or seller in that regard, determine your specific car features and requirements, expected budget you plan to spend on buying the car and well calculated taxes to be paid to the tax authorities in order to clear Land Rover Defender.

It is also very important to examine the car upon arrival to check and see if all the car components are included in the car as it was shown to you before buying it. You need to watch out for car spare tires, car jack, radio, navigation systems, window buttons among other things as compared to the vehicle previews shown to you by the car dealer abroad.

The taxes charged by the Uganda Revenue Authority include Import Duty, Value added (VAT), Withholding Tax, Environmental Levy, Infrastructure Levy, and Registration Fees basing on the CIF of the Audi A6 from Japan.

On arrival to Kampala, Uganda, you will have to clear the taxes at The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), apply and pay for a number plate and then the third party license. You will also notice the some of these charges or fees differ from other vehicles.

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General BMW X6 reviews for Uganda

The drive and performance: The defining characteristic of the BMW X6 (and to a lesser extent the X5) has always been the car-like way it drives. Despite tipping the scales at a portly 2,065kg, the X6 manages to weave its way through corners with masses of grip and precious little body roll – especially in the incredible (and bonkers) X6 M performance version. It certainly rivals the Porsche Cayenne for driving entertainment.

The steering could do with a little more feedback but it’s still very responsive. Four driving modes are available – Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport and Sport+ – that alter the mechanics of how the car feels to drive, although Eco Pro is mainly focused on setting the car up to be as frugal as possible.

The X6's ride is noticeably firmer in Sport and Sport+ modes if you specify the optional Adaptive M suspension, itself standard on M Sport models, the M50d and the X6 M. It can become quite unsettled over bumps, but changing the suspension's damper control to its softest setting cures that, while still retaining superb body control.

Every X6 comes with BMW’s eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard – and it’s extremely smooth.

About the design and interior, you will realize the image is a big part of the upmarket SUV sector and cars such as the BMW X6 cater perfectly for buyers looking for a dash of extra style. It’s less practical than the larger X5 on which it’s based but that’s not to say it’s difficult to live with.

To accentuate the X6’s width, BMW has flattened and widened its trademark kidney grille and added a pair of narrower headlights that curve round to the front wings. The headlamps also feature distinctive LED running lights.

M Sport models come with a chunky body kit and extra detailing. There's a deeper front bumper with lots of grilles and slashes that make for a sportier look. At the side, the sloping roofline tapers towards the rear, with a few sharp creases along the sides.

The X6 has the latest version of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system with a 10.25-inch screen and satellite navigation as standard. The system is very easy to use – far more so than previous versions – and it’s all controlled via a dial on the centre console. Given its price and status, the likes of Bluetooth, USB sockets and cruise control all come as standard.

If practicality is top of your list of priorities, then the BMW X5 SUV is a better bet than the X6 SUV-coupe, but the former looks rather bulky and ungainly next to its sportier brother. If you like the unique style of the X6 then there’s still enough space and functionality for most tasks.

A high driving position means forward visibility is good but the coupe-like shape restricts the view out of the back window, so you’ll need to reply on the parking sensors (fitted as standard) when reversing.

Optional technology includes a head-up display, automatic parking, active lane keep assist, a night vision function and an autonomous system to brake and accelerate automatically in stop-start traffic.

The original X6 was criticized for having poor rear headroom due to the sloping roofline, but BMW has improved that with the latest version. There’s now enough head and legroom to fit in three adults back there, though it’s still worth remembering that the X5 is a better bet if space is a priority.

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Availability of BMW X6 Spares parts in Uganda

The X6 spares can be accessed in some of the auto markets here in Uganda. However, if you find that the spare part you need is not available, then it would require you to send for it from abroad or you can reach us for assistance in that regard.

Common problems BMW X6 owners complain about in Uganda

The BMW X6 is very costly to run here in Uganda and not only that, its spare parts are not cheap. It would require one to have a considerable amount of disposable income to run the BMW X6.

Secondly, the technical expertise is very rear here in Uganda. Finding someone who has the required knowledge about the X6 is hard as most of the mechanics are accustomed to the old models of BMWs.

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The second-generation BMW X6 is still a niche car, but the improvements have boosted its appeal. Body control, acceleration and build quality are some of the features designed to your satisfaction.

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