The X6 is a study in identity crises. While the sleek fastback styling and cozy interior suggest a sporty coupe, the hatchback and SUV platform speak to a weak attempt at imitating a wagon (without the roomy passenger capacity). Essentially, you get the lower gas mileage without an appreciable trade-off like extra cargo space. Still, BMW is BMW and if you want the driving height with the fastback roofline combined with the quality and prestige that comes along with the name, then this may be the car for you.
There is no doubt that the xDrive all-wheel drive capability built into both variations of the X6 will come in handy in inclement weather. The foldable back seats offer extra cargo space, and if you should come down with a case of buyer’s remorse the resale value will bring you some comfort.
Changes for 2012
The 2012 model year brought the X6 from a four to a five-passenger vehicle, with the addition of a split folding seat in the rear. In addition, the X6’s half-electric variant, the X6 ActiveHybrid, has been discontinued for the 2012 model year, and not surprisingly – it offered similar gas mileage to the other versions but with a $90k price tag, a full $30k above the X6’s base MSRP.
What We Like
BMW’s signature xDrive offers superior handling and control on slippery surfaces. The xDrive50i version offers increased HP and torque for putting that 5000 lbs. into some real motion. Ergonomic driver comfort is evident, per usual for the brand.
What Concerns Us
There are other choices in the class that offer more space, equal power, and more attractive exterior styling at a similar price point – BMW’s own 3 Series, for starters. The headroom in the rear leaves something to be desired, and the blind spot has been interpreted quite literally in this vehicle’s design.
There are three variants on the X6:
- 3.0L turbocharged inline 6, 300 lb.-ft. of torque, 300 HP, and 16/23 mpg
- 4.4L twin turbocharged V8, 450 lb.-ft. of torque, 400 HP, 14/20 mpg
- 4.4L twin turbocharged V8, 500 lb.-ft. of torque, 555 HP, 12/17 mpg
There are no recalls on the BMW X6.
While issues are rare and consumer satisfaction and ratings high, there have been a few reports of the engine suddenly shutting down or losing a significant amount of power, when the vehicles were less than a year old.