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.
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.