By KBB.com Editors
With the X6, BMW has created a new category that falls somewhere between crossover utility vehicle and sports coupe. The German automaker calls the four-seat, four-door-with-a-rear-hatch the "world's first Sports Activity Coupe" and, with the possible exception of the Acura ZDX, the vehicle certainly is the only player in this new segment. The X6 offers room for four adults and a long list of advanced technology that is highlighted by an all-wheel-drive system that not only transfers torque front to rear, but side to side and to individual wheels to produce the best acceleration. It's hard to pinpoint competitors for this segment-blurring vehicle, but they can include such players as the Porsche Cayenne, Infiniti FX50 and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8.You'll Like This Car If...
The 2010 BMW X6 will appeal to those looking for a sporty all-wheel-drive crossover utility vehicle and who don't need room for more than four people or loads of cargo. The vehicle's dramatic styling may also appeal to those who like to make a grand entrance everywhere they go.You May Not Like This Car If...
Although the X6 is equipped with a very capable all-wheel-drive system, it's not meant to be taken on the road less traveled. And, with only four seats inside, people-hauling abilities are severely limited. If you need a vehicle that can fit more than four and capably off-road, you might be happier with the Land Rover Range Rover Sport.What's New for 2010
For 2010, the BMW X6 receives a power rear tailgate and HD Radio. New options include Automatic High Beam headlamps and a top view perspective for the rear backup camera. The available navigation system features an 8.8-inch high resolution screen and an 80GB media server. A hybrid model and M high-performance trim join the line.Driving It Driving Impressions
The BMW X6 offers excellent ride control, though the optional sport suspension may be a bit stiff for many. Despite a curb weight of about 5,300 pounds, the 400-horsepower V8 coupled with all-wheel drive offers astounding acceleration: BMW claims 0-60 mph in less than 5.5 seconds. On the race tracks where we sampled the X6 we had previously driven many cars, and the BMW X6 xDrive50i's speed at the end of the straightaways rivaled that we recorded in a 1999 Porsche 911. However, the X6's all-season tires and higher center of gravity produced a radically lower level of cornering and stopping power than did the Porsche, as even BMW's extremely advanced all-wheel-drive system can't help when you enter a turn too fast. The BMW X6 xDrive35i, which is about 400 pounds lighter, provides more than adequate acceleration – about 6.5 seconds 0-60 mph – and handled better on the track.Favorite Features
The BMW X6's spacious interior and cargo capacity separate it from two-door coupes and four-door sedans. The X6 can comfortably carry four full-sized adults and plenty of gear for an active outing.
Some say that there's no such thing as too much horsepower, but the 400-horsepower produced by the xDrive50i's 4.4-liter V8 comes close to proving them wrong. Torque is 450 pound-feet at just 1,750 rpm.