The ‘first ever active sports coupe’ has plenty of style and performance, but also suffers from some space problems and a runaway price tag.
BMW X6 Trims and Features
The X6 is a so called sports activity coupe whose closest competition would be luxury SUV’s like Lexus’ RX series and the Porsche Cayenne. A blending of coupe and SUV, the 4 or 5-seat X6 features powerful performance and standard all-wheel drive, along with unique styling that suggests the perfect marriage between ruggedness and speed. The 2013 X6 is again available in two standard trim levels, the X6 xDrive 35i and the X6 xDrive 50i, as well as the performance driven X6 M.
The xDrive 35i begins at $47,500 and comes with 300 horsepower, 18” alloy wheels, leatherette seating, and BMW Assist. Upping to the xDrive 50i will escalate the starting price to $70,400; standards here include 400 horsepower, 19” alloys, plus leather and wood interior trim. True performance freaks will want to look toward the X6 M, which contains 555 horsepower. You will have to pay for all those horses, as the 2013 X6 M starts at $92,900 and picks up just 14 combined MPG.
Options for the 35i and 50i include an additional middle rear seat that boosts occupancy to 5, a Performance Package that increases horsepower and adds sport seats, and extra safety tech- including a head-up display and lane departure warning system.
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BMW X6 Performance
The X6 xDrive 35i is equipped with a turbocharged 3.0 liter inline-6 capable of 300 horsepower that’s matched by 300 lb.-ft. of torque. When combined with the optional M Performance Package (for $4,400 more) the xDrive 35i increases numbers to 315 HP and 330 lb.-ft.
The X6 xDrive 50i takes advantage of a 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 to produce 400 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. Adding the M Performance Package ($3,900) to the xDrive 50i will increase numbers to 440 HP and 480 lb.-ft. Both trims utilize an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and standard xDrive all-wheel drive.
BMW X6 Fuel Economy
EPA estimates tag the xDrive 35i at 16/23/19 (city/highway/combined) MPG and the xDrive 50i at 14/20/16. Both numbers are gauged using premium fuel.
BMW X6 Interior Highlights
In terms of attractiveness, the X6 is typical BMW. Style, material, and technology are all top notch, as is comfort- until you reach the back row. Rear seating definitely feels more coupe than SUV, offering 35.9” of legroom along with some compromised headroom. At least you can watch a DVD back there. Storage space is either 25.6 cubic feet behind the 2nd row or 57.9 cubes with the rear seats down. That’s not terrible, but the cargo conscious may also want to check out the X5 for its 75 cubes of space. The standard X6 also only seats 4, though BMW offers an optional 3-seat rear row setup.
BMW X6 Safety
Standard safety features on the 2013 X6 include 4-wheel disc brakes with fade compensation and a brake drying feature, stability control, Dynamic Performance Control (increases traction by distributing power between wheels), and BMW Assist emergency services. Additional safety tech is available in the form of rear and side camera views, active cruise control, lane departure warning, and a windshield projected head-up display.
Crash test ratings are not available for the 2013 X6.
BMW X6 Summary
Some reviews have questioned the X6’s purpose, stating that it lacks some conventional traits that would make it more appealing. Those same people will also say that driving it makes you forget all those minor inconveniences. If you have enough cash for an irresponsible- aka fun- vehicle, check out the 2013 BMW X6. You can take home your X6 or any model in the BMW lineup right now at CarWoo!