2015 BMW X6M Review
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In many ways, it's the perfect M car; it's just strange to say that about something that isn't a car at all.
Not that you'd be able to tell, but the BMW X6 is all new for 2015. This second-generation swoopy-coupe-roofed SUV-crossover-thing (it defies convention, honestly) is both longer and wider than it was before, yet it weighs about 140 pounds less than it did a year ago. The rear buckets have been replaced with a bench, as well. But perhaps the best thing about the new X6 is what's under the hood of the new X6M - a 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V-8 with 567 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque (12 and 53 more than last year, respectively), mated to an also-new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. It'll hit 60 mph in four seconds flat, and it costs upwards of $100,000, even though the slightly-less-long and more capacious X5M starts in the five-digit range.
It's a car that defies explanation, no matter the question. Why does it look like that? Why is it so fast? Why is it so fancy? But you're not buying this car because you need it; you're buying it because you want it. You're buying it because you want the quickest crossover BMW makes, and you prefer the fastback look. Sure, cargo capacity is garbage, but you've got another car for that (or you just don't care). If you want the best, this is it, whether you're into it or not.
The front-end layout is typical BMW - a low, wide array of switchgear sits just under the infotainment screen, emphasizing visual width. The gauges are traditional physical ones, although there are adjustable parts of the screen on the lower half. Whether you're looking at the dashboard, or pawing the leather seats like a raver peaking on ecstasy, it all feels perfect for the price.
Out back, the rear seats are comfortable, with ample legroom (and, new for 2015, space for three instead of two). However, that swoopy-coupe styling absolutely wrecks cargo capacity, rear-seat headroom for passengers over six feet tall, and any semblance of rearward visibility. That's the price you pay for high fashion, we suppose.
Oh, and the cargo floor that covers the spare tire has its own strut. Talk about attention to detail.
Of course, it's not exactly a comfortable ride all the time. Thanks to tiny tire sidewalls and a suspension that, even in Comfort, still errs on the sporty side, you're keenly aware of both the car's heft and the qualities of the road beneath it. That said, no matter the setting, the car corners flat as a pancake, and it never lists or rolls too much in any direction. It's a damn solid car - er, crossover.
For city driving, especially if you like the occasional throttle jab, we suggest the following settings: Engine in Sport, suspension and steering in Comfort, and transmission in 2 (it has three settings, which varies shift points and aggressiveness).
No matter how you drive it, the fuel economy will suck. There's no way around physics.
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Drivetrain Layout: Front-engine, all-wheel drive
Power Output: 567 horsepower / 553 lb-ft
Fuel Economy (mpg): 14 city / 19 highway
Base Price: $102,100
As Tested: $112,850 (incl. $950 destination)
Driver Assistance Plus Package: Lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic braking, blind spot monitor, surround-view camera, speed-limit information
Executive Package: Full LED headlights, soft-close doors, head-up display, heated steering wheel, automatic high beams, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, rear manual side window shades
Individual Options: Automated parallel park assist, smartphone integration, Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, rear-seat entertainment, night vision