"Superb to drive, blending strong acceleration with the agility of a sports saloon."
I still recall the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show as if it was yesterday: when the Germans decided to launch an SUV with a coupe body style - the world stopped for a moment and took a deep breath, and so did I. To add more spice to that story, I still also remember that when the car launched in the Middle East markets, Lebanon, the smallest country in terms of sales, achieved the best first month versus Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and even Jeddah and Riyadh for X6 sales!
The BMW X6 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) is a luxury crossover with sleek, coupe-like styling. As its looks suggest, the X6 offers a high seating position and increased ground clearance for better capability in moderate terrain, while retaining some of the sporty handling and acceleration characteristics of a BMW sedan.
In terms of driving on our lovely Lebanese roads, the X6 acted superbly well: stable on corners, and magnificent on the highway if you need to push the gas pedal. My only concern was about the vague and outdated interior. I have made that judgment like a thousand times, begging BMW folks to change that orange color in the digits, the buttons, and even the odometers. In terms of looks, it does still look like the first-generation BMW X6. I just love it from the outside. But you know that you spend most of your time in your vehicle and not outside. So if the interior of the cabin is not pleasant than you might end up selling it, right? The infotainment system is super familiar; I couldn't say much about it. It was very easy to connect my phone and use the Bluetooth music source and even the navigation system.
Three variants of engines are available on the 2016 BMW X6. My demo car was powered by a 3.0 liter twin-turbo inline-six cylinder delivering 300 horsepower. The BMW X6 xDrive35i and X6 xDrive50i come with all-wheel drive. The BMW X6 sDrive35i uses rear-wheel drive. The xDrive50i has a 445 horsepower 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8. All get an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The BMW X6 M boasts a specially tuned 4.4 liter twin-scroll, twin-turbo V8 rated at 567 horsepower.
So, all in all I can tell you that the X6 is pure BMW for the lovers out there. But as for myself, I wouldn't get the X6 in that category. My three favorite vehicles are the BMW 2 Series with the M2 variant, the 6 Series, and the legendary 8 Series (which will be revived soon by the Bavarians). Check out your nearest dealership for a test drive; in Lebanon, Bassoul-Heneine.
Rivals: Mercedes GLE Coupe, Infiniti QX70, Porsche Cayenne, Maserati Levante
Pros: Friendly infotainment system, powerful choice of engines, comfortable and quiet ride, comfortable front seats and ample storage
Cons: Outdated interior with orange digits, small cargo area, poor rear visibility, limited rear headroom, rear seats don't recline
One word: motion
3.0 L twin-turbocharged, inline-6 cylinder, 300 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 407 Nm @ 1,300 rpm
8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode, RWD/AWD
0-100 km/h: 5.8 sec, top speed: 205 km/h, fuel consumption: 11.2 L/100 km
Weight: 2,140 kg