2011 BMW X6 M Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor
June 22, 2011
Frankly, we've always felt a little wishy-washy about the BMW X6. It's 'fastback utility vehicle' styling can look aggressive and catlike one moment, then ungainly the next. Take a constrained perch in back and you'll wonder what, really, is the advantage of such a setup.

And the X6 it's not nearly as practical as the BMW 5-Series GT, which also borrows some elements from BMW's mid-size crossover and manages to mix in both more practicality and more of a sport-sedan feel.

All that considered, the X6 puts its best foot forward in high-performance X6 M guise. 555 horsepower, from a twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8, making 501 pound-feet of peak torque, is bound to cure any uncertainty about identity and purpose, right? And it does. The excellent, torque-biasing all-wheel drive system and M sport suspension with AdaptiveDrive electronic damping allow phenomenal body control for such a hefty, tallish vehicle, without really making a sacrifice in ride comfort.

The only real sacrifice? Gas mileage. With EPA ratings of 12 mpg in the city, 17 highway, the X6 M has quite the carbon footprint, if that matters.

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But if you're one of those who find the X6's styling sexy and sensible—they're out there, we know they are—the whole package might as well be had in its best form. And that's here in the X6 M.

For more information on the X6 M—including more pictures, as well as more about the prudent, practical aspects like interior flexibility, comfort, and features—be sure to see our full review of the 2011 BMW X6.

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