2014 BMW X6

Pros: One-of-a-kind looks; handling is agile for a relatively large, hefty SUV; strong, smooth powertrains; comfortable, supportive seats

Cons: Sloped “fastback” body style compromises cargo utility and rear-seat passenger headroom; poor rear visibility; large wheels and performance-oriented suspensions make for a stiff ride

CG Says: X6 is a study in compromises. It accelerates and handles like a sporty coupe, but it will never be as agile due to its sheer size and heft. Its hatchback design makes it slightly more versatile than a sedan, but X6 is neither as roomy nor as comfortable as a sedan or SUV. Non-M models can exceed $80,000 with options, while the M approaches $100,000. No X6 is a strong value, especially when BMW’s own all-new X5 is more practical, not much slower, offers thrifty diesel power, and can cost much less when comparably equipped. Note that while the X5 is redesigned for 2014, the X6 soldiers on with the previous-generation design. A new-generation X6 could debut as a 2015 model.

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2014 BMW X6