The 2010 BMW X6 also has an ample list of standard features, including 10-way power-adjustable seating for driver and front passenger, HD Radio, wood-grain trim, automatic front climate control, push-button start/stop, power tailgate, front and rear parking sensors, a 10-speaker stereo with two subwoofers, dynamic cruise control and more. Optional upgrades include four-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, iPod and USB connectivity, a premium hi-fi stereo system, six-disc DVD changer, voice command, navigation, real-time traffic, a rearview camera, and a range of interior and exterior appearance packages.
"The X6 also comes with every other conceivable kind of gizmo, which while impressive, would make us worry about buying an X6 as a used car in a few years' time," Jalopnik warns. On the other hand, if you opt for the X6 M, Autoblog says you can rest assured you're driving "one of the most formidable, meticulously engineered, tech-rich crossovers on the planet."
A high-end audio system, a navigation system, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and a range of wood trim make for a very configurable buying experience. "There's even a heater for the [steering] wheel if you desire," Truck Trend says, and in between the rear seats, there's a "handy console for drinks and gear." The X6 M model doesn't add a lot of gadgetry-and it doesn't need to, instead focusing on the performance side of the equation.
Car and Driver points out the 2010 X6's base price of about $56,000 for the six-cylinder X6 and $66,000 for the V-8 version, while the new X6 M joins the party with a starting price just under $90,000. The price rises quickly when you start adding Sport packages, navigation systems, and top-line stereos; even the lesser version can top $70,000, notes Car and Driver. "Plan on $80,000 for one with all the goodies," they add. The X6 M's price seems even tougher to swallow, but it still "undercuts the Porsche Cayenne Turbo by a considerable margin," says Autoblog. Edmunds isn't so sure about the price either, asking whether the X6 is worth the premium over its X5 sibling: "An extra $8 grand for a little more motor, fewer seats with less room and an all-wheel-drive system you'll hardly ever know is there?"
Audio, climate, and navigation systems are all handled through BMW's capable but oft-criticized iDrive system. Most of the reviews TheCarConnection.com sampled call out the iDrive's complexity, but one review finds it has improved. "The iDrive is better than ever as well," Jalopnik argues. "Spend a few minutes getting used to it and you'll be rewarded with rapid, intuitive access to all the vehicle's settings."