The BMX X6 Is The Crossover Nobody Needs But So Many Want

Review

And they'll pay handsomely for one.

You gotta hand it to BMW for being creative with its parts bin. Back in 2009, the first gen X6 launched, starting something that’s been copied by BMW’s competitors as well as more mainstream brands. Based on the same platform as the more conventional X5, the X6 is a luxury crossover with coupe-like styling, a niche segment BMW refers to as Sport Activity Coupe. The X6’s design isn’t for everyone, but know this: the first gen sold more than 250,000 examples worldwide, easily making the case for a successor, which we have for you today.

The 2017 BMW X6 xDrive35i is an all-wheel drive crossover with a hefty price tag and not a whole lot of interior and cargo space. But neither of those factors matter for a lot of buyers. The X6 is also about making a fashion statement, and a powerful one at that.

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Under the hood lies a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque, with power going to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic. Zero to 60 mph happens in 5.7 seconds. Our tester was very well equipped, with over $15,000 worth of options including the $1,900 Lighting Package, $3,000 M Sport Package, $1,550 Premium Package and the $1,700 Driver Assistance Plus. Not cheap, but the X6 also has an impressive capability that’ll satisfy many: a 6,000-pound towing capacity. The BMX X6. It’s what you buy when the X5 isn’t stylish enough. Special thanks to Niello BMW-Sacramento for letting us film the car.

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