An X5 with less room and a higher price.
To hear BMW tell it, the X6 combines the presence of an X5 with the elegance of a coupe. The X6 does indeed have the presence of the X5 on which it’s based. It’s similarly sized, offers the same up-high seating position, and has four-wheel drive. As for sporty elegance, we’ll leave that to you to decide. Undeniably, the X6 is heavily restyled compared with its more conventionally shaped sibling; it has a lower roofline and a more sloped hatchback, and those changes shrink interior volume. The X6 was designed as a four-seater, although it can be had with a fifth set of seatbelts. The squashed roofline and the high beltline make the X6 hard to see out of, so the backup camera and the available blind-spot assist are essentials. The X6 has a stiff ride but it handles more like a sport sedan than a tall, heavy SUV; its sophisticated all-wheel-drive system can send power not only from front to rear but also from side to side to aid cornering. The 35i has a 300-hp, 3.0-liter turbo six; the 50i uses a 4.4-liter turbo V-8, with 400 hp. With either engine, the M Performance Package bumps up the power slightly and adds a bit of eye candy. Then there’s the X6 M, with an over-the-top 555 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque from its turbo V-8.
new for 2013
The 2013 model year, which actually began in the spring of 2012, sees few changes for the X6. Adaptive LED headlights are a new option, complementing the LED taillights. There are new exterior colors and two new interior colors: vermilion red for the standard Nevada leather and ivory white for the available nappa leather.
Front, side, and side curtain air bags; front-seat active head restraints; traction and stability control; ABS; a tire-pressure monitor; adaptive brake lights; and xenon adaptive headlights are standard. Rearview and sideview cameras are available. BMW Assist with automated crash response is standard.
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Handling belies size/weight
Fast — particularly the X6 M
Much smaller inside than X5
Hard to see out of
Thirsty — particularly the X6 M
Base Price Range: $60,695–$93,795
TRIM LEVELS: xDrive35i, xDrive50i, X6 M
BODY STYLE: SUV/crossover, 4- or 5-passenger
ENGINES: 3.0L turbo I-6, 300/315 hp, 300/330 lb-ft
4.4L twin-turbo V-8, 400/440 hp, 450/480 lb-ft
4.4L twin-turbo V-8, 555 hp, 500 lb-ft
TRANSMISSIONS: 6- or 8-speed automatic
PASSENGER VOLUME: 97.7 cu ft
CAPACITIES: Towing 6000 lb; cargo (rear seats up/down) 25.6/59.7 cu ft