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TheCarConnection.com's researchers scoured the Web and extracted the key information from a wide variety of sources to form our conclusive opinion on the 2010 BMW X6. We also drove the BMW X6 and X6 M to offer firsthand insight on the widely differing opinions found in those sources. Our time behind the wheel also helps us to explain features and aspects other reviewers might have missed-and to put in the tie-breaking vote where reviewers didn't agree.
- Coupe profile-above the waistline
- Very comfortable seating
- Quick-shifting manu-matic gearbox
- Tons of high-tech goodies
- Bulky, trucklike lower half
- Premium fuel required
- Can get pricey, especially the high-performance versions
The 2010 BMW X6 is a bit of an oddball, its coupelike profile belying its SUV-like dimensions. The overall shape is aerodynamic and flowing above the shoulder line, but below, its bulk throws it off-balance. Reviewers tend to love or loathe the 2010 X6's styling, whether it's the plain-vanilla version or the more aggressively styled X6 M. Interior design and styling are modern and attractive, though some may find the X6 M's addition of carbon fiber-look panels a bit much.
The 2010 BMW X6 comes in three versions: the XDrive 35i, propelled by a 306-horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six; the XDrive 50i with a 400-horsepower, 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8; and the new-for-2010 BMW X6 M, featuring a brawny 555-horsepower version of the 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8. The only transmission available is a slick and stout six-speed automatic.
The BMW X6's performance is impressive in the standard variants and downright shocking in the case of the X6 M, but even after time on the track at Road Atlanta and BMW's Performance Driving grounds in both M and non-M models, the concept of a sport-coupe/SUV feels a bit foreign. Compromises abound to enable the X6 to meet its performance targets; the cargo area is comparatively small, and though it's very fast, there's no mistaking the tall crossover's parentage-it's no track-bred coupe.