With questionable styling, a less than practical four or five-seat cabin, and a steep pricetag, there are many reasons not to love the BMW X6, but for some reason the X6 remains one of those vehicles that are just begging to be driven.
And after driving the latest 2012 model, we have to agree. Power ranges from 300 to 400 horsepower but if this is still not enough you could always opt for the 555-horsepower X6 M. Yes, a dedicated M version of the X6 does exist.
However, the standard versions certainly shouldn’t be overlooked. Performance of the X6, whether we’re taking about the base 3.0-liter turbocharged in-line six-cylinder or the 4.4-liter turbocharged V-8, is strong, and very, very addictive. All models are also fitted with standard all-wheel drive.
Note, BMW is introducing a slightly facelifted version for the 2013 model year though the changes are minimal so if you can get a good deal on a 2012 model don’t feel bad that it isn’t the newest thing on the road. Also note that a previous ActiveHybrid X6 has been dropped from the 2012 X6 lineup.
The X6 was the first model to combine the off-road capability of a four-wheel drive with the svelte styling of a coupe. The formula proved a hit with luxury buyers and now a handful of rival automakers are racing to create their own versions.
That coupe-like profile translates into a relatively tight cabin, which may come as a surprise given the overall size of the vehicle. The sloping roof also curtails rear cargo space somewhat though there’s more than most sedans offer. All the interior details are luxurious, as you'd expect from any BMW, with quality materials, leather upholstery, and modern, if understated, European design themes.
Also like most BMWs, the list of options and equipment are abundant: standard 10-way power-adjustable driver's and front passenger's seats, wood trim, a wide range of interior colors and materials choices, a 10-speaker sound system, iPod/USB connectivity, and all the power accessories and adaptive/automatic features you'd expect in a modern luxury crossover.
On the road, you’d forget your driving a truck except for the taller ride height. The eight-speed automatic is one smooth operator and the steering is light but accurate. You’ll feel some body-roll during high speed corners but nowhere near as much as a conventional crossover or SUV.
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