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Happy couple enjoy their big day in fabulous new BMW X6

Happy couple Richie and Aoife with the BMW X6
Happy couple Richie and Aoife with the BMW X6

It was bold, it was new, it was borrowed – and it flew.

Classic Rolls Royce Silver Shadows, Bentleys, Mercedes Benz and Daimlers are the normal choice for young couples on their wedding day.

Cars from the 1920s, 30s and 40s with bright chrome work and white ribbons tend to be the ones that are captured in wedding photos.

But for loved-up couple Aoife and Richie, who are close friends of the Motormouths team, it was out with the old and in with the new on their big day.

The stunning bride-to-be, who nearly broke her father’s heart when she shunned his beloved classic car collection, wanted something with a modern twist for the most important day of her life.

So when Motormouths, with a little help from our friends in BMW, offered to chauffeur the loving couple around in the new X6 on their special day – it was the icing on the wedding cake for them.

The new BMW X6 might not be everyone’s cup of tea as a typical wedding car – but it certainly impressed the blushing bride.

More of a Fast and Furious type of girl than a Driving Miss Daisy, the beautiful Aoife was thrilled when we pulled up to take her to the church on time. Well not exactly – the chauffeur has to take a bit of the blame for this part.

The BMW X6 originally rolled off production lines in 2008 to mixed reviews. 

With a similar front end to the X5 and sloping coupe roof from one of the more sporty models in the range, the X6 looked like the company had welded two different models together to produce – what the company call – a Sports Activity Vehicle.

However, although it attracted some criticism, it attracted buyers too, with more than 250,000 of them being sold worldwide since its introduction.

Although it has a mid-life upgrade in 2012, the second-generation BMW X6, which went on sale last December, comes with a more luxurious interior, greater versatility, enhanced equipment and superior performance with up to 22 per cent lower fuel consumption.

To the untrained eye, the new X6 is still not a million miles from the original version. What is different from the outgoing model is the much-improved engine line-up.

The 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine in the xDrive30d, which will make up the core sales here in Ireland, and fuel consumption has been reduced by 15 per cent.

This now puts the X6 in to tax band D (€570), which is nearly a 50 per cent saving on road tax from the original 3.0-litre diesel engine.

An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, along with the latest version of BMW’s xDrive four-wheel drive system. The xDrive30d and xDrive50i models are available as SE and M Sport trims, while the M50d will be available as a stand-alone model.

And, if you really want to push the boat out, you could always splash the cash on the 575bhp X6 M, which will be available to order later this year.

Other noticeable differences in the new X6 is that it now comes as a standard five-seater replacing the head-scratching four-seater.

Our wedding-test car for the week was the X6 xDrive30d.

I was very impressed with the amount of head and leg space for the wedding couple as they sipped bubbles in the back.

Although the roof slopes sharply at the rear, the headroom is deceiving.

Elsewhere, the new X6 has been given a new interior. The look and feel are, as always with BMW, premium quality. On top of that, there is more equipment as standard that you usually pay over the odds for in BMW products.

Overall, the new X6 is a massive improvement over the original model. If I was to be perfectly honest, even with its sportier looks, I still wouldn’t have it over the X5, which is nearly €5k cheaper for the similar xDrive 30d.

But, to use BMW’s own slogan – the new X6 really is a Bride and ‘Joy’.

Tech spec:

Model: BMW X6 xDrive30d M Sport
Price: From €85,200 (test car €100,232)
Road tax: Band D €570
0-100kph: 6.7s
Max speed: 230kph
Fuel economy: 6.0 l/100km (claimed)