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2015 BMW X6

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/10/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The redesigned 2015 BMW X6 gains new exterior styling and is now available with rear-wheel drive. V-8 powered models are updated with more power compared to the previous generation. A high-performance X6 M will go on sale as a 2016 model.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 BMW X6 is a five-passenger crossover with coupe-like styling. It is available in rear- or all-wheel drive depending on the powertrain chosen. BMW touts the X6 as the world's first "Sports Activity Coupe" with its tall stance, high seating position and coupe-like roofline.

Overview

Two turbocharged engines are available in the 2015 BMW X6: a 3.0-liter I-6 with 300 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque and 4.4-liter V-8 rated at 445 hp and 480 lb-ft (up from 400 hp and 450 lb-ft from the previous generation). Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the I-6 is available in rear-drive configuration. Although acceleration is strong with both engines, as you'd expect, the V-8 makes passing and merging a breeze thanks to its torque. While handling is good for such a large car, the 2015 X6 is "at heart a highway cruiser" with a comfortable ride even with the large 20-inch alloy wheels.

Passenger space is limited, particularly in the rear due to the car's fastback roofline cutting into headroom. The 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats improve the 2015 X6's practicality, increasing cargo capacity to 53.9 cubic feet of volume. Storage cubbies and door pockets for small items are also plentiful with many scattered across the cabin.

The 2015 BMW X6 hasn't been crash tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.

What We Think

The 2015 BMW X6 improves upon the previous generation with increased practicality for carrying cargo and passengers. In a First Drive review, we said the crossover has good handling despite its size and is an ideal highway cruiser due to its comfortable ride. Its driving dynamics belie its weight with high limits and good grip, making it a capable machine on the track. The X6's brakes, however, wasn't up to the task of track driving and began fading after five to six slalom runs.

You'll Like

  • Comfortable ride
  • Good handling for a large crossover
  • Flexible cabin

You Won't Like

  • Understeers on corners due to its weight
  • Sloping roofline limits rear visibility
  • Brakes not up to task with track driving

Key Competitors

  • Porsche Cayenne
  • Range Rover Sport
  • Mercedes-Benz M-Class
  • Infiniti QX70

Rating

4 star

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