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STYLING | 7 out of 10
little too forced
positively dripping with machismo
promising yet flawed
At least when you're driving the X6, you don't have to look at it.
Car and Driver
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 aggressive-looking 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.
It's not surprising that the 2010 X6, conceptually still relatively new in the automotive world, has many reviewers at a loss for accurate descriptors. Car and Driver asks, "Is the X6 beautiful? Ground breaking? Fashionable? Or does it come across as a lifted five-door hatchback?" They seem to answer their own questions, saying, "At least when you're driving the X6, you don't have to look at it. And after driving the X6, it's likely that the styling will be forgotten or, at the very least, forgiven."
Jalopnik says "its looks are promising yet flawed," and calls the rear end "huge"-while Edmunds ogles the X6, deeming it "kind of a supermodel from behind." In addition, "The front is all BMW with a big twin kidney grille and fighter-jet-size intakes at each corner," according to Edmunds. "The roof line goes on forever in profile, giving the X6 a hatchback-style look that's unique at best, a little too forced at worst." The Edmunds team does give it a small reprieve, noting it "isn't nearly as warped when you see it in person."
Popular Mechanics finds the look decidedly masculine: "we think it's positively dripping with machismo." Jalopnik notes, "that lip on the rear hatch is taller than an F-150's tailgate." The 2010 BMW X6's sloping roof might find more acceptance with sports car fans. Truck Trend says, "BMW designer Adrian van Hooydonk claims [it] is cribbed from the 6 Series." The top two-thirds of the 2010 BMW X6 is all sports coupe; the bottom one-third is SUV.
More traditional design awaits inside the 2010 BMW X6. Here the dash shows some resemblance to the X5, with the BMW iDrive taking center stage, flanked by dark trim and numerous other controls. TheCarConnection.com notes that the high-mounted center console gives a tighter, closer feel to the cockpit than you might expect from a large vehicle.
The 2010 BMW X6's dual-purpose design is controversial, with the question of its beauty (or lack thereof) still unsettled.