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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 Front Quarter

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:

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.

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.

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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