2015 BMW X6

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

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; pricier than more-practical X5 sibling

CG Says: The BMW X6 is redesigned for 2015 on the same platform that its X5 sibling received for its 2014 redesign. The 2015 X6 is slightly taller, longer and wider than its predecessor, and it receives the expected influx of new tech features. The larger platform improves rear-seat room, and the second-row now offers seating for three instead of two. Rear-wheel drive is now available with the six-cylinder engine; previous X6s were all-wheel drive only. The high-performance X6 M also makes the jump to the new platform; its turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 now makes a whopping 567 horsepower. Even with the redesign, any X6 remains a vehicle for shoppers who value style over utility… which seems a bit peculiar when discussing a sport UTILITY vehicle. If a rakish silhouette is more important to you in your SUV than cargo room or rear-seat passenger space—so much so that you’re willing to pay extra for a swoopy roofline and diminished capacity—then the X6 is for you. But for less money, the X5 delivers all the performance of the X6, with none of its drawbacks.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door fastback wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer BMW
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices sDrive35i:$59,600
AWD xDrive35i: $61,900
AWD xDrive50i: $72,900
AWD X6 M: $102,100

Base Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder
Horsepower
300
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18-19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27

Optional Engine
turbocharged 4.4-liter V8
Horsepower
445 (567 in X6 M)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
14-15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
19-22

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2015 BMW X6
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2015 BMW X6 M