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Expert's Rating

4.7Excellent

MPG 15 City / 22 Highway
Pros
  • Sporty look
  • Powerful engine options
  • Comfortable and supportive seats
Cons
  • Difficult to load cargo in rear
  • Ingress and egress somewhat difficult
  • Limited rear visibility
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With the sporty crossover SUV segment booming, BMW capitalized with the release of its X6 crossover in the 2010 model year. More of a lifted up car than an SUV, the X6 offers buyers the look of an SUV with the handling characteristics of a car. Coming into the 2013 model year, the X6 underwent only minor changes.

Introduction

The 2013 BMW X6 receives a refreshed front fascia, giving it a slightly different look than the 2012 model year. Also new to the 2013 model year are LED taillights and optional LED headlights. Other than those, the 2013 X6 is a carryover from the previous model year.



Two trim levels are available with the 2013 X6, including the xDrive35i and the xDrive50i. Both models come standard with all-wheel drive, and are ready to tackle adverse conditions and light off-road usage. The xDrive35i trim level is the base level and includes things like a 300-horsepower six-cylinder engine, leather interior, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Ash Wood Grain interior trim, and Dynamic Cruise Control. The xDrive50i is adds in a more powerful V-8 engine, navigation, and a small array of other luxury features to sweeten the pot for on-the-fence buyers.

In terms of competition, there is not much out there that can hang with the X6, but there are enough models to make things interesting. The X6’s closest competition comes from the Porsche Cayenne, which bases out with a 300-horsepower, V-6 engine that jets it to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, leather seating and a 5,952-pound towing capacity. Next up is the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, which features a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with 375 horsepower, full-time AWD and leather interior. Third on the competition list is the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, which comes with a 6.4-liter V-8 engine with 470 horsepower, a 5.1-second sprint to 60 mph and standard AWD. The final competitor is the Infiniti FX, which features a 325-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine, a 6.2-second sprint to 60 mph and 24 mpg highway.

With all of this competition, the relative newcomer to the realm needs to bring something more to the table than the “BMW” name to draw in buyers.

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2013 BMW X6
Starting price
$40,989

2013 BMW X6 xDrive35i

Recommended for: Buyers that want a premium SUV with adequate performance and tons of luxury

The xDrive35i trim level on the 2013 BMW X6 acts as a base model for the sporty SUV, but this is no ordinary base model. Under the hood, this model includes a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that cranks up 300 horsepower. The engine mates to an eight-speed Sport Automatic transmission, which helps this Bimmer hit 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds and get 23 mpg highway. The outside comes with a set of 19-inch Star Spoke rims to give it a sporty look, fog lamps to allow you to see better in fog, xenon headlights for better night vision and chrome exhaust tips to spice things up. The inside features a 10-speaker AM/FM/CD/HD Radio audio system with iPod connectivity, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and Nevada Leather seating for comfort, and 10-way power front seats to help you find the perfect driving position.

2013 BMW X6
Starting price
$40,989

2013 BMW X6 xDrive50i

Recommended for: Buyers that want a luxury SUV with the performance of a sports car

Under the hood, the top-line xDrive 50i features a 400-horsepower, 4.4-liter turbocharged V-8 engine that mates to the same eight-speed Sport Automatic transmission. This combination sprints the X6 to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds and gets 20 mpg city. On the outside, the xDrive50i trim adds in Double Spoke 19-inch wheels to add some extra sport to the appearance and chrome trim around the windows for so extra luxury. Inside, the xDrive50i tosses in a standard navigation system to help you get around and a universal garage door opener for added convenience.

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