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2016 sDrive35i 4dr 4x2 Sports Activity Coupe
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Price:   -  From $60,600
2016 xDrive35i 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Coupe Price:   -  From $62,900
2016 xDrive50i 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Coupe Price:   -  From $75,300
2016 X6 M Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Sports Activity Coupe Price:   -  From $102,200

Overview

With its fastback styling and tallish four-door body, the talented BMW X6 has always been hard to categorize. While BMW calls it a sports activity coupe, we like to think of it as a rugged luxury sedan with wagon-like utility.

What's New for 2016

V8 models gain some standard equipment, and all versions get connectivity updates.

BMW X6

Choosing Your BMW X6

All X6 models can carry five passengers along with 20 cubic feet of cargo. With the rear seat out of the way, you're good to haul up to 54 cubic feet of stuff, about the same as a compact wagon. As before, interior trimming are first-rate, even for this class.

The standard 3-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine develops 300 horsepower and can be paired with rear- or all-wheel drive. The available turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 achieves 445 horsepower and comes exclusively with all-wheel drive. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board.

Trim levels correspond to engine and drivetrain:

BMW X6

sDrive 35i

Comes with the six-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive, plus a full complement of high-end equipment like leather upholstery, heated front seats with driver memory, wood interior trim, automatic wipers, a power liftgate, and front and rear parking sensors. On the technology front, you get a navigation system, Bluetooth, integrated smartphone apps, and a nine-speaker sound system with HD radio and 20GB of audio storage.

BMW X6

xDrive 35i

Identical to above, but with BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system. Available on both six-cylinder models is the Premium package with keyless ignition, four-zone automatic climate control, and satellite radio. The Luxury Seating package adds 20-way ventilated front seats. For safety, there's the Driver Assistance package with a rearview camera and a head-up display.

BMW X6

xDrive 50i

Carries the V8 engine and all-wheel drive, plus a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system and nearly everything in the six-cylinder's option packages. Exclusive to the xDrive 50i is the optional Executive package with soft-close doors, leather dashboard trim, and ceramic-finish controls. The 50i is also eligible for an ultra-premium Bang & Olufsen sound system.

All models can be outfitted with two design packages, xLine and M Sport. The xLine features specific 19- or 20-inch wheels and aluminum running boards. The M Sport adds more aggressive trim inside and out, sports seats, and some extra performance options.

Beyond all that are several specialized option packages. The Cold Weather package gets you a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. Adaptive LED headlamps with automatic high-beam control come with the Lighting package. The Dynamic Handling package adds an adaptive suspension and revised steering.

Finally, the Driver Assistance Plus package carries all the regular Driver Assistance features, plus adaptive cruise control with automatic braking, a collision mitigation system with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and a surround-view camera system.

As usual, there are some interesting standalone options, including an adjustable rear air suspension, an automated parallel parking system, infrared night vision, and a rear entertainment system with dual screens.

CarsDirect Tip

There are probably more ways to equip an X6 than you can count. We consider the Premium and Driver Assistance packages (which are already standard on the V8) to be most essential.

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Expert Review

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: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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BMW's four-door-coupe-crossover-SUV has gone from being one of the more idiosyncratic luxury-vehicle choices to a trendsetter as other manufacturers are now introducing their own takes on its distinctive profile. The X6 still defies any attempt to slot it into a normal market category, but for a sizable niche of buyers this boldly-designed vehicle hits a sweet spot of upscale image and surprisingly lively on-road performance.

Pricing and Equipment

The X6 is available in three primary trim lines. The X6 sDrive35i leads off with an MSRP of $60,600; the step up to the X6 xDrive35i adds an extra $2,300, The X6 xDrive50i starts at $75,300. (The monstrously powerful and much more expensive X6 M is covered in a separate article.)

Power for the sDrive35i and xDrive35i comes from a 3-liter inline-six boosted by two turbochargers; the xDrive50i receives its substantial motivation from a 4.4-liter V8, which also wears a pair of turbos.The sDrive35i forgoes the all-wheel drive system of its xDrive sisters in favor of rear-wheel drive.

Underneath its teardrop roofline the X6 shares its platform with BMW's X5, which provides significant benefits (excellent handling) with some limits (no real off-road capability). After choosing your basic mechanics you then immerse yourself in BMW's complex -- and pricey -- option structure, starting with the choice of xLine (essentially base) or M Sport (bigger wheels, aero package and other styling tweaks) lines and proceeding through different interior treatments and tech packages.

  • Plenty of driver assistance electronics are available, including night vision and radar cruise control with a full-stop capability.
  • The M Sport trim line is an effective visual bridge between the normal X6s and the X6 M, upgrading the looks without breaking the bank.

Feel free to outfit the X6 with enough sensors and computer assists to manage a starship, but know that per upscale German tradition the added cost will be astronomical as well. A bit of restraint serves a buyer well here.

Performance Pros

BMW X6

Despite its imposing size and significant weight the X6 benefits from major doses of Bavarian vehicle-dynamics magic. Something this large and heavy has no right to drive this well.

  • The turbo six in the sDrive35i and xDrive35i provides plenty of smooth thrust; the boosted V8 in the xDrive50i pushes it firmly into muscle-car performance territory.
  • On twisty roads the X6, especially when equipped with the Dynamic Handling Package, acts like some kind of giant physics experiment. The high center of gravity and significant inertia are made almost irrelevant by the brilliant chassis tuning and large tires.
  • It won't be selected by many buyers, but the sDrive35i's rear-drive arrangement brings it even closer to traditional BMW on-road sweetness.
  • Given the X6's imposing size and weight, fuel economy with either powerplant isn't that bad.

Performance Cons

  • That weather-taming all-wheel drive system is for smooth-surface use only. The X6 is not designed for trails.
  • The X6 can't completely defy reality. The huge wheels and suspension tuning necessary to manage all that mass can make for a lumpy ride.

Interior Pros

BMW X6

The cabin is mainstream-modern-BMW: stylish, tech-heavy and made with high-quality materials. Last year's redesign did much to answer complaints about inadequate rear-seat room.

  • Options for personalization extend well beyond the color of leather on the seats. The ceramic secondary controls are an intriguing (if, again, expensive) idea.
  • BMW's partner in the upscale-vehicle audio war is Bang & Olufsen, whose $3,700 sound system brings 16 speakers and the ability to realign the atmosphere with equal force in each seat.

Interior Cons

  • Although the situation behind the front seats has been vastly improved compared to the original X6, the flip side of that signature roofline is still rear-seat room and cargo space that verge on the snug.
  • Features that seem expected in a modern all-weather luxury vehicle -- heated steering wheel, ventilated seats, headlight washers, smartphone integration -- are extra-cost options.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

We remain amazed at how something this large and heavy moves more like a well-damped (if somewhat tall) luxury sedan than a truck.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The ability to choose is an innate good, but the need to specify and pay extra for some fairly ordinary luxury items is a bit irksome.

The Bottom Line

If the style of the X6 work for you -- and it does for many people -- the rest of the vehicle more than holds up its end of the deal.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L I-6 / 300 HP / 300 ft.lbs.
Transmission
8-spd STEPTRONIC w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
18 / 25 / 21 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L I-6 / 300 HP / 300 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
18 / 25 / 21 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
22.4 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$86
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
59.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
192.0 "
Exterior Width
78.1 "
Exterior Height
66.5 "
Front Headroom
38.3 "
Rear Headroom
37.2 "
Front Legroom
40.4 "
Rear Legroom
35.9 "
Front Shoulder Room
59.9 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,630 Lbs.
Wheel Base
116 "
Turning Radius
21.0 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " / 20.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Chrome / Metal-look
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish / Stainless Steel With Dark Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Premium Bucket / Sport
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / (12-way Power) / 10-way (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / (12-way Power) / 10-way (8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power) / (12-way Power) / 10-way (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
10 / 16 Harman/kardon / 16 Bang & Olufsen
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt Sport
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
5
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear / Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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