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2017 sDrive35i 4dr 4x2 Sports Activity Coupe
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Price:   -  From $62,500
2017 xDrive35i 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Coupe Price:   -  From $64,800
2017 xDrive50i 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Coupe Price:   -  From $77,450
2017 X6 M Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Sports Activity Coupe Price:   -  From $104,100


BMW led the trend toward premium-level crossover vehicles with shapely coupelike roofs, launching the X6 as a 2008 model. With its fastback styling and rather tall four-door body, the talented BMW X6 has always been a bit hard to classify. BMW calls it a “sports activity coupe,” but traditional coupes have just two doors. We tend to perceive the X6 as more of a rugged—but rounded—luxury sedan that provides wagon-like utility.

What's New for 2017

Navigation has been updated to iDrive 5.0, with touchscreen functionality for its display. BMW’s xLine is now standard, including stainless steel underbody cladding, a Cerium Gray “kidney” grille and front air intakes, aluminum window trim, an anthracite headliner, and revised 19-inch Y-spoke wheels. The M Sport is now an option package; its 20-inch double-spoke wheels are offered in black. Premium and Executive Packages include wireless charging and a wi-fi hotspot. Extended Merino leather upholstery with a leather dashboard is newly available.


Choosing Your BMW X6

All X6 models can carry five passengers, along with up to 26.6 cubic feet of cargo. With the rear seat folded down, hauling capacity expands to 59.7 cubic feet, which is about the same as a compact wagon. As in prior years, interior trim is top-notch, even compared against other members of this lofty class.

Trim levels correspond to engine and drivetrain. In the 35i, a 3-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine develops 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, working with rear-drive or xDrive all-wheel drive. In the xDrive 50i model, a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 whips up 445 horsepower and 400 pound-feet. That one comes exclusively with all-wheel drive. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board.

Fuel economy is reasonable with the V6 engine, estimated at 18 mpg in city driving and 25 mpg on the highway (24 mpg highway with xDrive). No one is likely to call the V8-powered 50i thrifty, with its estimate of 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway (17 mpg combined). Even a six-cylinder X6 can accelerate to 60 mph in a swift 5 seconds, while the V8 model shaves four-tenths of a second off that figure.


sDrive 35i

Starting at $61,400 (plus destination charge), the sDrive 35i comes with the six-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive. A sizable complement of high-end equipment is standard, such as Dakota or Nappa leather upholstery, heated front seats with driver’s memory, wood interior trim, automatic wipers, a power liftgate, front/rear parking sensors, and 19-inch wheels. On the technology front, you get a navigation system with 10.2-inch screen, Bluetooth, integrated smartphone apps, and a nine-speaker sound system with HD radio.


xDrive 35i

Identical to above, priced $2,300 higher, but with BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system.

Available on both six-cylinder models is the Premium Package with keyless access, four-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, and wireless charging with wi-fi hotspot. The Luxury Seating Package adds 20-way ventilated front seats.


xDrive 50i

For $76,100, the 50i comes with 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, head-up display, sunshades, and ceramic-finish controls.

All models can be fitted with an M Sport Package, which adds an aerodynamic body kit, more aggressive trim, sport seats, and some extra performance options. The Cold Weather Package adds a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and headlight washers. Adaptive LED headlights with automatic high-beam control come with the Lighting Package. All-wheel-drive models are eligible for the Dynamic Handling Package.

A rearview camera and head-up display make up the Driver Assistance Package. Finally, the Driver Assistance Plus Package includes the Driver Assistance features, plus a collision mitigation system with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and a surround-view camera system. Adaptive cruise control with automatic braking can be added.

As with many BMWs, several interesting standalone options may be added, including an adjustable rear air suspension, an automated parallel-parking system, infrared Night Vision, dual-screen rear entertainment, and an ultra-premium Bang & Olufsen sound system.

CarsDirect Tip

An X6 with six-cylinder power is likely to please most buyers, especially when they discover that choosing a V8 adds $12,400 to the price. Trying to decide which options and groups to add is quite a challenge—and can get quite costly. We consider the Premium (or Executive) and, especially, the two Driver Assistance packages to be the most essential.

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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

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

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Shop for a luxury crossover and you’ll find an increasing supply of models for your consideration. One of the top contributors to the segment is BMW, offering five “sport activity vehicles,” the company’s special name for crossovers and SUVs. At the top of the pecking order is the BMW X6, a four-door hatchback, or “sport activity coupe,” that shares its platform with the popular X5 line.

Pricing and Equipment


The BMW X6 offers a muscular countenance and a dramatically sloped roofline that rivals some coupes. Rear-wheel drive is standard with the base trim; all-wheel drive is included elsewhere.

The first-generation model was built from 2008 to 2014. The second-generation BMW X6 has been on the market since 2015. New this year is an updated navigation system and improved touchscreen functionality.

The standard engine is a 3-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder making 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. Also available is a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 making 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Pricing for the X6’s trim is as follows:

The X6 sDrive35i starts at $61,400. Choose the xDrive35i and this all-wheel drive model costs $63,700. Choose the XDrive50i and you’ll pay $76,100. Yes, there is an X6 M model starting in the six-figure range, but we cover that vehicle separately.

Standard equipment includes adaptive xenon headlights LED fog lights, and 19-inch light alloy wheels. You’ll also find power-folding heated side mirrors, chrome exhaust tips, and large air intakes.


Inside, you’ll find power adjustable front seats with lumbar support, a 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat, leather upholstery, wood trim, an anthracite headliner, and a cargo cover. All models come with full power accessories, dynamic cruise control, heated front seats, a premium sound system with HD radio, and front and rear parking sensors.

Trim and package level upgrades are many. Choose the XDrive50i edition and you get an enhanced suspension system to go with the beefy V8 engine. Upgraded seats, four-zone climate control, and a Harman Kardon Surround Sound Audio System are also included.

As far as packages go, you’ll find an M Sport package ($3,000) that tacks on an adaptive M suspension, special wheels, sport seats, and upgraded finishes. Other packages include Driver Assistance ($1,700), Premium ($1,550), and Lighting ($1,950).

Individual options include an adaptive suspension, multicontour seats, leather dashboard trim, a rear video entertainment system, night vision with pedestrian detection, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Package prices may vary according to trim and are subject to change. Vehicle prices do not reflect a $995 destination charge.

Performance Pros

  • You might be tempted to overlook the base sDrive35i’s rear-wheel drive arrangement in favor of all-wheel drive. Take a pause here and reflect because this model comes close to matching the 5 Series’ driving thrills.
  • The base twin-turbo engine offers generous kick and will be sufficient for most buyers.
  • Choose the xDrive50i and you’ll enjoy the delicious, raucous power of a performance model. Opt for the Dynamic Handling package and you’ll handle the twisties with confidence.

Performance Cons

  • As muscular as the X6 is, ride quality does tend to suffer under its massive wheels and sporty suspension tuning. Maybe upgrading to the 20-inch wheels isn’t worth the reduction in ride quality.
  • The X6 may have a burly off-road look, but this model is intended for hard pavement. Light off-road duty should be restricted to the well-groomed dirt road leading to your farm or lodge.

Interior Pros

  • BMW’s meticulous attention to quality is renowned. Further, you’ll have the opportunity to customize the interior as you see fit, adding front ventilated seats, automatic soft-close doors, and rear window sunshades as desired.
  • The rear seat has been recently restyled and holds three passengers, although two is a better choice. The roofline doesn’t begin its sharp descent until immediately behind the rear seat.
  • We like the 26.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which is slightly larger than the X5’s area. Fold the rear seat and the X5 comes out just ahead.
  • For 2017, BMW has added a 10.2-inch touchscreen to the standard iDrive infotainment system. It's big, bright, and the modern tile design with adjacent symbols is easy to decipher.

Interior Cons

  • Apple CarPlay compatibility is here! Unfortunately, it comes with a $300 price tag, a cost most mainstream models do not assess.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

That you might even approach the fun-to-drive characteristics of a BMW 5 Series is an unexpected delight. Yes, you need to overlook the extra weight and added height, but driving thrills certainly await you.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Your price tag can come in much higher than you planned, especially if you choose certain luxury items you might have thought were included. When all is said and done, a well-equipped xDrive50i can top an eye-watering $90,000.

The Bottom Line

BMW sells eight times as many X5s as it does X6s. The styling differences are the main reason, but if you’re looking for something outside the prevailing design theme, then the BMW X6 may be worth your consideration.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L I-6 / 300 HP / 300 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
18 / 25 / 21 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
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
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
18 / 25 / 21 Mpg
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
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
19.0 " Silver W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Black Aluminum / 20.0 " Silver W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish / Stainless Steel With Dark Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Premium Bucket / Sport Bucket
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
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
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 Style
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
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
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
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Warning
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear / Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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