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2018 sDrive35i 4dr 4x2 Sports Activity Coupe
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Price:   -  From $62,950
2018 xDrive35i 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Coupe Price:   -  From $65,250
2018 xDrive50i 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Coupe Price:   -  From $77,700
2018 X6 M Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Sports Activity Coupe Price:   -  From $105,100

Overview

The BMW X6 is the pinnacle of the brand’s SUV offerings, although it isn’t the most useful model from a utility perspective. Stylish and evocative, the X6’s coupe-like appearance delivers a level of sportiness not common to the segment.

What's New for 2018

Light changes accompany the 2018 BMW X6, including trapezoidal tailpipes now standard on BMW X6 35i models.

BMW X6

Choosing Your BMW X6

BMW offers the X6 in two grades, 35i and 50i, and with two engine choices. On the 35i, a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engine with 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque works alongside an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine gets from zero to 60 miles per hour in 6.0 seconds, according to BMW.

The second engine powers the xDrive 50i, a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, generating 445 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. This engine is also paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and has an estimated zero to 60 mph time of 4.6 seconds.

BMW offers two standard color choices with the base model, while all other color options add either $550 or $1,950.

BMW X6

35i

The base xLine Design 2018 BMW X6 35i is available in both sDrive (rear-wheel drive) and xDrive (all-wheel drive) models. Pricing for the standard sDrive 35i starts at $63,695 (pricing includes the $995 destination charge), while moving up to the xDrive adds an extra $2,300. Key features include Xenon adaptive headlights with automatic leveling, LED fog lights, power-folding and heated side mirrors, chrome exhaust tips, a moonroof, 14-way power front seats with lumbar support, a rearview camera, navigation, and a power tailgate.

The 35i can be customized with a long list of packages and options. The M Sport Design package ($4,350) brings in a host of design upgrades including double-spoke light alloy wheels, an aerodynamic kit, special exterior trim, sport seats, an M steering wheel, and a hands-free liftgate. Moving up to the Premium Tier ($1,150) brings keyless entry, four-zone climate control, and satellite radio, while the Executive Tier ($2,550) adds adaptive full LED lights, automatic high beams, surround view cameras, and a parking assistant. The standard Driving Assistance Package ($1,700) adds active blind-spot detection, active driving assistant, a head-up display, and lane departure warning. The Driving Assistance Plus Package ($1,200) adds adaptive cruise control and extended collision mitigation.

BMW X6

50i

The exclusively all-wheel drive xDrive 50i model starts at $78,445 with the 445-hp V8 engine. The 50i comes standard with 20-way power front seats, heated front seats, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and four-zone climate control. Upgrading to the M Sport Design costs $4,450. On 50i models, the Premium Tier ($1,600) adds a heated steering wheel, surround view cameras, active blind spot detection, active driving assistant, parking assistant, and speed limit info, while the Executive Tier ($4,250) comes with automatic high beams, adaptive full LED lights, a head-up display, and soft-close automatic doors. Several of the packages offered on the 35i carry over, like the Driving Assistance Plus Package ($1,200) and Parking Assistance Package ($700). A Dynamic Handling Package ($4,500) brings dynamic performance control and active roll stabilization.

CarsDirect Tip

When equipped handsomely, the 2018 BMW X6 xDrive 50i approaches six figures. Buyers can keep pricing more manageable and still get all they features they desire on 35i models equipped with a few of their favorite options.

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Some cars have straightforward advantages: pickups give you towing capacity, hatchbacks are practical, and sports cars give performance. Then there are cars like the 2018 BMW X6. Is it a crossover? Not quite, it’s a little too big. Is it an SUV? Technically, yes, but the roofline will have you thinking otherwise. Is it a sports car? It’s certainly fast, but it’s not one of those either. It’s hard to categorize, and it’s a polarizing design. The X6 has some winning features, and in today’s world of all-in-one promises, why not have an SUV that looks like a coupe? All the same, the elements of the X6 are disparate enough that they bring substantial compromises. The right buyer might love it, but for more straightforward value…well, we’d look somewhere else.

Best Value

The X6 can dial its performance up to the absurd with the X6 M, but it’s too big and pricy to be lovable as a pure performance car. For value, stick to the base engine – 300 horsepower is still enough to do zero to 60 mph in six seconds, which is quicker than most SUVs on the road. Plus, most of the important options and packages are available from the get-go.

Of these, we would select all-wheel drive and the Premium Tier for niceties like keyless entry and four-zone automatic climate control, then add the first of BMW’s two safety packages. The latter adds a host of useful safety features, all of which can pop up in a head-up display. And don’t worry, the X6 doesn’t skimp on the luxury: standard features include vehicle setting memory, parking assistance, dynamic headlights, and all-leather, power-adjustable heated seats.

So equipped, our BMW X6 still slides in at just under $70,000:

  • Model: 2018 BMW X6 xDrive35i
  • Engine: 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder
  • Output: 300 hp / 300 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 18 City / 24 Hwy
  • Options: Premium Tier ($1,150, keyless entry, four-zone automatic climate control, XM satellite radio), Driving Assistance Package ($1,700, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, speed limit information, head-up display)
  • Base Price: $66,245 (including a $995 destination fee)
  • Best Value Price: $69,095

Performance

BMW X6

Although the base engine is competent, the X6 has plenty of accommodation for speed demons. The xDrive50i carries a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 pumping out 445 hp, and it’s excellent in combination with the X6’s quick eight-speed automatic. If that’s somehow not enough, the X6 M tunes the same engine up to 553 hp, which is enough to bring the zero-to-60 time under four seconds. For how big it is, the X6 controls its bulk well, and body roll is minimal.

But in spite of a firm suspension, the X6 never quite manages to become fun in the corners. The steering wheel doesn’t deliver much feedback from the tires, which means that it’s accurate but not engaging. Fuel economy ranges from mildly thirsty to downright greedy, with the X6 M managing only 16 miles per gallon combined. You probably aren’t buying this car for its efficiency, but still – the X5 offers most of the performance at a lower price, and with the additional options of diesel or electric.

Style

Styling is where the X6 separates itself from the herd. Like it or hate it, it gets people talking – which is part of the point, right? The X6 has the foundation of a crossover and the swooping roofline of a coupe. The design is more refined than previous generations, and it’s sleek and clean when viewed from the right angle. From other angles, the X6 struggles to hide its bulk. We appreciate a daring look, and being distinctive is part of this car’s allure. The interior is classy, the features are plentiful, and customizability is easy.

While that profile draws the eye, it does cut into attributes that would usually be the strengths of an SUV. The rear seat is harder to enter or exit, and head room suffers. So does cargo space: the X6 has about nine cubic feet fewer than an X5, and the shape of the roof means that carrying tall objects is a no-go. The front seats are very pleasant places to sit, but the rest of the vehicle is about form more than function.

The Best and Worst Things

Distinctive looks and the V8 engines are alluring, but only if you’re okay with an SUV that doesn’t carry cargo (or passengers) particularly well.

Right For? Wrong For?

BMW X6

The X6 is a statement car. Tired of getting shown up by all those fancy SUVs and sleek coupes? Now you can one-up them all by having both at the same time. An X6 is like a peacock’s tail: it’s about having enough resources that you don’t need utility. It’s about turning heads.

For those who need a car to pull family duty (or just want to be able to fit a big-screen TV in the car), better options exist. They begin with the X5, but alternatives range from cheaper luxury crossovers to more utilitarian full-size SUVs. Driving enthusiasts are also better off elsewhere – the X6 is fast, but that’s not the same as fun.

The Bottom Line

The 2018 BMW X6 is sleeker and faster than ever, and it remains one of a few truly recognizable options in the increasingly uniform landscape of SUVs. But it’s a hard purchase to justify, partially because of the expense, but mostly because it doesn’t excel at anything in particular. Buyers who like a status symbol will enjoy the curb appeal, but for the rest, the compromises may be too great.

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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
193.8 "
Exterior Width
78.3 "
Exterior Height
67.0 "
Front Headroom
39.3 "
Rear Headroom
37.2 "
Front Legroom
40.3 "
Rear Legroom
35.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
60.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.9 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,585 Lbs.
Wheel Base
116 "
Turning Radius
21.0 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
19.0 " Silver W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Black Aluminum / 20.0 " Silver W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Metal-look
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Dakota Leather / Sensatec Leather / Leather
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
Center
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
9 / 15 Harman/kardon / 15 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
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
Frontal Collision Warning W/city Collision Mitigation Forward Collision Mitigation / Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Detection Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure / Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Warning / Daytime Pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention / Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Park Distance Control Front And Rear / Parking Assistant 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
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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