The 2015 BMW X6 Guide

Introducing the BMW X6

Guide Version: 1.0. This guide was created on 08-19-2015 and updated monthly with new information.

The 2015 BMW X6 is marketed as a cross between a high-end coupe and an SUV. While it’s engaging to drive, it offers little in terms of utility.

SUV’s, as we all know, is practicality at the top of the list when it comes to their features. After all, “utility” does go hand-in-hand with most SUV’s. Then, at the other end of the spectrum comes coupes; mostly known for their sporty handling and swoopy styling, while limited in their everyday usefulness. But with the 2015 BMW X6, it’s coming to a close that the crossover is now a real deal. Based on the previous X5, the BMW X6 comes with a sloping roof line that puts squeeze on the interior room. The comfortable ride and quick acceleration is a significant improvement in the way we’ll see most cross-overs today.

What You Need To Know About the BMW X6

The BMW X6 has three primary models: the rear-wheel-drive 35i, all-wheel-drive xDrive 35i, and the xDrive50i.

Both the X6 sDrive 35i and xDrive 35i have a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that can develop 300 hp and 300 pound-feet of torque. sDrive 35i comes as a standard rear-wheel drive while the xDrive35i comes with a standard of all-wheel drive. Both use the eight-speed automatic transmission. Estimated fuel economy by EPA is at 22mpg combined for the sDrive 35i while 21mpg for the xDrive35i.

The BMW X6 xDrive50i is a separate case though. With a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 engine, it’s capable of producing 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. The same eight-speed automatic transmission is still present in the xDrive50i though. Fuel economy is estimated at 17mpg combined.

The three primary models come with stability and traction control, automatic brake drying, side curtain airbags, and antilock brakes. BMW Assist, and emergency communications system, also comes standard. The feature provides stolen vehicle recovery, automatic crash notification, and on-demand roadside assistance.

All X6 models are also equipped with all-wheel drive and a trick torque distribution system called Dynamic Performance Control. Its system apportions varying amounts of power to each wheel so that it can maintain optimal traction and directional stability.

Such luxuries that come standard with the BMW X6 models include leather upholstery, power front seats, adaptive xenon headlights, iDrive electronics interface, a powerliftgate, and a 10-speaker audio system.  But as with most BMWs, their list of options can be widely extensive but pricey.

BMW X6 SPECS

Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6, 3.0 L

Fuel Tank Capacity: 22.4 gal

SAE NET HORSPOWER: 300 @ 5800

SAE Net Torque @ RPM300 @ 1300

TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

Zero to 100 mph: 9.8 sec

Top Speed:127/MPH

PRICE USA: $60,795

Why You Should Get the BMW X6

While BMW X6’s styling is not suited for everyone, it does manage to keep itself apart with huge wheels, a fastback roofline, and other sporty styling cues. Inside each BMW X6 model comes an excellent driving position with high-quality materials, comfortable seats, and an array of features unparalleled by most crossovers. What’s compromised is the rear dimension because of the low sloping roofline. However two adults can be perfectly seated at the back, and should they need to carry another person, there is an optional three-place bench at the back. A feature called 2+1 by BMW. The cargo capacity, although adequate, can be considered below average for midsized crossover SUV segments.

BMW really pored over every aspect for the BMW X6. It’s now calmer inside, appreciably more hushed and smooth, while a subtle repackaging means you’re allowed more space and flexibility. There’s still a seven-seat version and this is that bit easier to use: even more of a viable family-focused people carrier.

BMW’s insistence on performance suspension tuning and high-end hardware helps the BMW X6 bridge the gap between a taut sport sedan and a large, high-riding crossover. The X6 now has a smoother ride over bumpy surfaces but it can also be switched to Sport mode for a more taut driving experience. Steering and handling are acute but there is minimal feedback through the steering wheel. The X6 can be a very rewarding experience when driven quickly. One of the clearest realizations of BMW’s X6’s size occurs on challenging back roads, where you discover that the X6 is neither small nor light.

With more options than before, many BMW fanatics have been tempted into buying the BMW X6 immediately, enhancing their experience in all areas from within, to suspension, steering, and up to outside driving. But, are they necessary? Not really. The standards that come with the vehicle are more than great to get you going.

PROS

√ Powerful engines

√  Comfortable ride

√  Top-quality quiet interior

√  Comfortable front seats

√  Ample storage

CONS

× Small cargo area

× Poor rearward visibility

× Limited rear headroom

× Rear seats don’t recline

× Priced higher than many other luxury SUVs.

BMW FUN FACTS

BMW FUN FACT 3

BMW pioneered bike racing for lunatics.

The concept of leaning out of a sidecar to improve cornering ability during a race dates almost as far back as the concept of sidecars themselves, but that doesn’t mean you’re any less crazy for doing so. Look at this nut job licking the pavement. Miraculously this sport continues to this day.