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2013 BMW X6 Review

The 2013 BMW X6 is a curious vehicle.  Although numerous people have enjoyed the experience of driving it immensely, we can’t quite put our hands on what kind of vehicle it is exactly.  BMW states that it is a performance SUV, but it handles and looks more like a sports car.  As such, the vehicle is probably best characterized as a hybrid between an SUV and a sports car.  With its unique, one-of-a-kind sloping roof line that makes it look like a coupé from the front of the vehicle, the car could probably be mistaken for a sports car when viewed from a rearview mirror.  However, a more scrutinizing look at its profile will show that it also has features that are unique to SUVs such as being high off the ground, and only featuring four seats (more on that).

The price tag is a tad overpriced for a vehicle in this range; at $60,000, its base trim costs almost $12,000 more than the highest X5.  The range of pricing and trends that the X expands are quite staggering.  Starting at $56,500, the vehicle can go all the way up to $89,000 for the X6 M.  In addition, it has less storage space than the X5 and is only capable of seating four persons, in its Standard Edition with the fifth seat being an optional addition optional at $350.  With suspension that is tightly tuned to make it as sporty and firm as possible, some people have remarked that the vehicle is unsuitable for day-to-day driving.

The vehicle can also come with its own unique, one-of-a-kind ActiveHybrid system in models prior to 2012.  Although it costs an additional 30,000 to the base price, it provides over 100 hp more than the base X6.  In addition, its fuel economy is far worse off than the base X6.  Ultimately, it is up to you whether you want to make this trade-off for not.  The X6’s bulky 2.5 tons of weight also eliminate any possible fuel economy that could be achieved from turbocharging the direct injection six-cylinder engine.   To add insult to injury, this pampered vehicle is only capable of taking premium fuel so be ready to shell out quite some money on the high-octanes.  The automatic transmission system comes in either six speed or eight speed.  As with all BMW SUVs, the car features and all-wheel-drive system that is capable of handling fairly reliably in spite of whether or road conditions.

Moving on to luxury features, the car has such things such as parking sensors in both the front and the rear, a power lift gate, and adaptive cruise control that can be adjusted either for constant speed or acceleration.   The real-time traffic information that the vehicle provides is also a lifesaver during traffic jams or when you are trying to commute during rush hour.  The Bluetooth office technology is also excellent for scheduling on the go.

Ultimately, if you are unconstrained by a budget, and would love to sample the numerous creature comforts that an SUV has to offer, the X6 definitely the way to go.  Performance wise, the X6 probably takes the cake as the best SUV on the market today.  With its upgraded V-8 engine, it is capable of going from 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds.

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