2016 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: After its redesign for 2015, the BMW X6 sees a few minor upgrades in standard equipment for 2016. The X6 is a sloped-roof “fastback” variant of BMW’s midsize X5 SUV. Other than their rooflines and a few small features, the X5 and X6 are virtually identical, though the X6 does not offer a diesel or plug-in-hybrid model like the X5 does. The X6 model lineup ascends through six-cylinder sDrive35i and xDrive35i models, the V8-powered xDrive50i, and the line-topping high-performance X6 M. 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:$60,600
AWD xDrive35i: $62,900
AWD xDrive50i: $73,300
AWD X6 M: $102,200

Base Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder
Horsepower
300
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-25

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)
19-21

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