Bob Long
Automotive Editor - June 18, 2014

Expert Rating

4.5 (Excellent)
16 City / 23 Highway

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If you're a buyer who prefers style and performance to practicality, BMW's X6 has much to offer. Standard all-wheel drive graces a lineup comprising two distinct trims. This will be the last year of production for this generation before we see an all-new model for 2015.

What's New for 2014

The BMW X6 receives only a few minor changes for 2014.

2014 BMW X6 Glam

Choosing Your BMW X6

The first choice buyers make is between two trim levels, each defined by its engine:


Under its hood, the xDrive35i has a 3-liter turbocharged inline-six with 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.


When moving up to the xDrive50i, you get the 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. Mileage suffers, predictably, and you should expect fuel economy of 14 mpg city and 21 mpg highway.

Both variants use an eight-speed automatic transmission. BMW's attention to on-road dynamics and an extremely rigid body shell transform this SUV into a five-passenger GT.

Those who live with inclement weather should enjoy the X6's standard xDrive all-wheel drive, a system that has the ability to transfer engine torque and optimize control for virtually any road condition.

Features such as adaptive xenon headlights, 10-way power front seats, a moonroof, dynamic cruise control, and a 205-watt 10-speaker audio system are also part of the standard equipment roster.

Most significant options are bundled into various packages. Among standalone options, BMW's Active Steering enhances maneuverability at lower speeds, while the Chateau Nevada Leather in red looks cool at any speed.

CarsDirect Tip

We could recommend a lightly-optioned xDrive35i as the most sensible choice, but no X6 is a sensible buy. Go with the one that takes your breath away.

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