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From the driver's seat, the X6 is the same truck as the X5 - so you have a great stereo, comfortable seats, and iDrive.
We were impressed by the system here because it noticed a new traffic incident while we were already driving along its programmed route.
Inside, a power-flow meter in the main infotainment screen tells you where all the juice is going, and a small gauge in the lower part of the tach shows battery status, the amount of electric boost, and brake-energy recuperation.
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Aside from its twin-turbo V8, the xDrive50i adds 14-way "multicontour" front seats, BMW Assist emergency telematics, Bluetooth and a navigation system with voice controls and real-time traffic. These extra items are available as options on the 35i.
The severe dashboard angles and technology-laden center console — which features a joystick-style gear selector for the automatic transmission and the iDrive control knob — might be intimidating to some drivers
BMW is constantly moving forward with equipment and features, and the 2013 X6 is no different, offering a strong base specification that's upgradeable with many of the latest innovations. New standalone options for the 2013 model year include full LED headlights, rear-view camera with Top View function, and the Nappa leather upholster option no longer includes the Nappa leather dashboard.
As you'd expect from a BMW, the 2013 X6 offers almost all of the technology, equipment, and entertainment features you'll find on the market today. In addition to the optional upgrades, the X6 offers a strong set of standard features across all models, including: automatic climate control; push-button ignition; front and rear parking sensors; a 10-seaker audio system; 10-way adjustable power seats; dynamic cruise control; and more.
Among the available add-on features, you'll find such convenience and high-tech items as: four-zone automatic climate control; real-time traffic; iDrive-based infotainment and navigation with BMW Apps support; Bluetooth connectivity; iPod and USB connections; a premium hi-fi audio system; six-disc DVD/CD changer; and more. Ticking every available box can yield a vehicle that's a veritable tour de force of gadgetry, but also one bearing a hefty price tag.
The iDrive system, which contains and control all of the X6's higher functions (infotainment, navigation, audio, etc.), has grown significantly simpler and more intuitive in recent years, though it can still present a learning curve for new owners.
Ample standard features and even more upgrade options give the 2013 BMW X6 buyer plenty of room to configure the vehicle they want.