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Reviewed by Nelson Ireson
Senior Editor, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$55,015
BASE MSRP
$59,800
Quick Take
The 2013 BMW X6 finally has some serious competition in the coupe/SUV segment, but remains one of the most impressive sport crossovers around. Read more »
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While automakers are keen on this fashionable cross-breeding, we're not particularly thrilled with the result.

Edmunds »

Looking at the X6 from the outside, you immediately think sporty SUV.

Motor Trend »

If you took BMW's Z4, raised it up and lengthened the rear quarters to add two more doors, you would get something of the X6's profile.

Cars.com »

When folks first happen upon BMW’s peculiarly proportioned X6, they can’t get over its skyscraper butt.

Car and Driver »

Quite a departure from other BMW vehicles, the exterior styling is both loved and hated, depending on who you talk to.

Automobile Magazine »
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$59,800 $70,400
AWD 4-Door xDrive35i
Gas Mileage 16 mpg City/23 mpg Hwy
Engine Turbocharged Gas I6, 3.0L
EPA Class Sport Utility Vehicle
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 4
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style Sport Utility
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The Basics:

Bizarre, unique, stylish, silly--whatever you think of the 2013 BMW X6, chances are you've noticed it on the street. It's that sort of head-turning design, a mashup of form factors, and BMW's underlying excellent X5-based platform that makes the 2013 X6 so magnetic.

As a cross between a luxury sport coupe and a crossover, the X6 doesn't have many direct competitors. In terms of handling and performance--particularly the X6 M model--there are only two or three real alternatives to the 2013 X6. But does that mean it's worth buying?

Perhaps. The standard X6, the xDrive35i, gets a 3.0-liter turbocharged in-line six-cylinder under the hood, rated at 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. That's plenty of power, but not really enough to seem truly quick for a vehicle of this size. The X6 xDrive50i, however, gets a 400-horsepower, 400 pound-foot 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that motivates the X6 with more than mere adequacy. Step up to the X6 M's 555-horsepower output from a similar twin-turbo V-8 engine, and you have all you could ask for and then some.

Handling is carlike, with good steering feel and surprisingly little body roll, though again, the X6 M is the standout here. With massive tires, a stiffer suspension, and upgraded electronic controls, the X6 M does things no utility or crossover should--and does them with apparent ease.

Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS have crash-tested the 2013 BMW X6, though the structurally similar X5 scores top marks of "good" according to the IIHS. Safety features include driver and passenger dual-stage front airbags, front side airbags, head protection system (HPS), adaptive brake lights, active head restraints in the front seats, battery disconnect in the event of an accident, anti-theft alarm, and BMW Assist with Bluetooth.

Features, options, and equipment are abundant: standard 10-way power-adjustable driver's and front passenger's seats, wood trim, a wide range of interior colors and materials choices, a 10-speaker sound system, iPod/USB connectivity, and all the power accessories and adaptive/automatic features you'd expect in a modern luxury SUV.

Likes:

  • Coupe-like profile
  • Spacious, comfortable seating--up front
  • Smooth-shifting automatic gearbox
  • Plenty of technology and features

Dislikes:

  • Bulky, trucklike lower half
  • Requires premium fuel
  • Options add to the price quickly
  • Minimal headroom in the second row
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