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The 2017 BMW X6

The BMW X6 is not a coupe. It's not an SUV. It's not even really much of a family car. But it’s not alone. Since it showed up nearly a decade ago, the X6 has been copied by Mercedes-Benz, Range Rover, and others. 

Even BMW sells an smaller version of the X6, the X4, and reportedly a smaller X2 is in the works.

A spin-off of the very good 2017 BMW X5,  the X6 adopts a more fluid, sleeker look than the SUV. Big air intakes underscore the performance hardware beneath, while the side gills go overboard.  The X6 M gets bigger air intakes and unique M badges everywhere.

Its powertrains largely mimic the X5, too. A base turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 is found in the entry rear-drive sDrive35i and all-wheel-drive xDrive35i. It uses the same 8-speed automatic and is a strong performer.

A twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 that makes 445 hp is available in the xDrive50i and is available only with all-wheel drive. According to BMW, it's responsible for a 4.8-second run up to 60 mph and should be the performance pinnacle for most vehicles. An uprated turbo V-8 makes 567 hp and sprints to 60 in four seconds. It doesn't use the same 8-speed automatic as the rest; its first gear is taller because capitalism is just the best.

The M edition has stiffer springs, rear air springs, adaptive shocks, high-performance brakes, and its own driving modes including a Sport+ mode that dials stability control to an almost completely off setting. All-wheel drive is standard on the X6 M, though it's set with a rear power bias. Acceleration is blistering, and the X6 M bridges the real world and the track performance world capably, though it's still a vehicle with many conflicting messages about performance as well as utility.

According to the EPA, the best the X6 managed last year is 18 mpg city,  25 highway, 21 combined—that's in rear-drive spec with the smaller of the two engines. Opt for the V-8 and the X6 swills premium at a rate of 15/21/17 mpg.

FOOTNOTES

1 Pricing, specifications, availability and terms of offers may change without notice. Prices on this page are listed in Barbados Dollars (BBD) and exclude taxes, duties and preparation expenses. Prices are valid for the period ending August 2018.

2 On the Road charges comprise of: Road Tax, Number Plates, Tint, Rust Proofing and Mats

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