Friday, September 10, 2010

2010 BMW X6 Review

2010 BMW X6
BMW isn't the first manufacturer to call a non-coupe a coupe.
The midsizer, which is based on the BMW X5, has a dramatically downward-sloping roof line, evoking the timeless profiles of classic fastback coupes (or, less charitably, the Pontiac Aztek). As such, style trumps utility. Overall, the BMW X6 is a capable niche vehicle that should appeal to those who want solid BMW SUV fundamentals in a spruced-up package. Current BMW X6

The BMW X6 comes in two trim levels: xDrive 35i and xDrive50i. The xDrive35i features a turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine and comes standard with such luxuries as leather upholstery, power front seats and premium audio. The xDrive35i's 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 pumps out a frisky 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, while the xDrive50i's 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 bristles with 400 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. A performance upgrade option cranks those outputs up to 320 hp and 440 hp, respectively.

All X6 models are equipped with all-wheel drive and a trick torque distribution system called Dynamic Performance Control. Cargo capacity, while adequate, is considerably below average for the midsize crossover SUV segment.

In performance testing, our editors appreciated the X6's sprightly performance, especially in xDrive50i trim. The "BMW X6" makes sense for well-heeled buyers who want an SUV but care more about looks and performance than utility. Used BMW X6 Models

This ranking is based on our analysis of 31 published reviews and test drives of the BMW X6, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.

The 2010 BMW X6 combines sleek coupe looks and sporty BMW performance with SUV utility. For that huge price premium, you’ll only get a small bump in fuel economy. "It's incredibly expensive and sucks down fuel at an alarming rate. For singles or couples with money to burn, it's hard to beat the BMW's amazing handling and awesome high-tech gadgetry. For people with families or cargo needs, less expensive and more practical choices abound. The Acura MDX provides BMW-like luxury and a fun (though less stimulating) driving experience at a price that's about $14,000 less than the BMW X6 Or,
if you can't live without the BMW name, consider the German automaker's own X5. Finally, if you want another gadget-friendly vehicle, look at the Infiniti FX.

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