A Buyer’s Guide to the 2011 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid

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This “Sports Activity Vehicle” – a moniker bestowed by its maker – is one of those few cars that toes the line between SUV, hatchback sedan, and a just plain quirky car. Regardless of its true identity, however, the 2011 X6 has much to offer, including the option for a hybrid engine. If you’re looking for an avant-garde SUV-like luxury vehicle with bountiful tech and room to haul equipment as well as people, this BMW fits the bill.

Key Features

Luxury abounds, as always in Beamers, with standard sunroof, power liftgate, 10-speaker audio system, parking sensors all around, leather seats, driver memory, and much more. Optional trim packages can net you Bluetooth, navigation with voice command, multi-contour front seats.

Changes for 2011

The former four-seater became an optional five-seater in model year 2011. Paddle shifters were also added to the steering wheel, and BMW’s ConnectedDrive option became available.

What We Like

The sophisticated xDrive AWD adds significant value to this crossover. The roominess is also a perk, as is the cutting edge exterior styling. Optional features like Lane Departure Warning, heated steering wheel, and retractable headlamp washers are not unexpected from BMW but they certainly are convenient. This vehicle is also just plain fun to drive, and that definitely counts for something.

What Concerns Us

The headroom in the rear leaves something to be desired, and the hybrid engine really doesn’t add all that much to the fuel efficiency. While it’s a noble effort, most SUV buyers want an appreciable return on that eco-friendly investment.

Available Models

The X6 ActiveHybrid is no slouch in the engine department, with a 4.4L twin turbocharged V8 with dual electric synchronous motors, 575 lb.-ft. of torque, 485 HP, and fuel economy of 17/19 mpg.

Major Recalls

The X6 has had two recalls, one in October of 2010 and one in December 2011. One was due to a faulty circuit board on the auxiliary water pump, causing it to potentially overheat. This could cause melting of other parts, or in the worst case scenario, a fire. The second recall was due to improper tire inflation instructions, which could cause a blowout or other safety issue. In both cases BMW notified owners and stated that the repairs would be done at no charge.

Common Issues

There are no known, common issues reported for the 2011 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid.


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