2009 BMW X6

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$55,900 - $66,650
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Engine Engine 3.0LI-6
MPG MPG 15 City / 20 Hwy
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2009 X6 Overview

So called crossover SUVs are becoming more like cars and the BMW X6 pushed this idea further with the X6.BMW calls it a Sports Activity Coupe.The BMW X6 is a high-riding, four-passenger, four-door coupe, a combination of sports car and SUV.

The X6 is offered in two twin-turbocharged models, with inline-6 or V8 power.Both engines provide ample power for everyday use and even for towing.The V8 makes the X6 a hot rod, but we recommend the inline-6 because it has plenty of pep and is more fuel efficient.Shifter paddles on the steering wheel add to the sporty character of the X6.

We found the X6 handles well on the road and on the track.It's better than any SUV but not as good as BMW's own sporty coupes and sport roadsters.It corners with little body lean, but the stiff suspension makes the ride somewhat harsh, especially with the Sport Package and optional 20-inch wheels.We recommend buyers test these options before they buy.

Inside, the ambience is upscale, with lots of leather and soft-touch surfaces.BMW's iDrive control system is standard.It can complicate some interior controls, but programmable buttons are provided to ease control of some of your favorite functions.

Front-seat passengers have plenty of room, though visibility to the rear is restricted by a small, flat rear window.Two rear-seat occupants should be comfortable, too, provided they're not tall.

The rear hatch lifts up and the rear seat folds down to give the X6 a nice amount of cargo storage space.It's on par with other hatchbacks but isn't as good as an SUV.Also, the liftover is higher, so you'll have to lift cargo higher when loading.

The X6 was all-new for 2008, and only minor changes in equipment have been made for 2009: A power liftgate has been added to the Premium Package, and the Cold Weather Package now comes with heated seats for everyone, not just the front-seat passengers.

It's hard to pigeonhole the X6.It rides high, so it doesn't handle as well as a sport coupe, and it doesn't have the cargo and people carrying capacity of an SUV.Overall, it's a fine vehicle.Pricing is high, especially for the V8 model, so we recommend the six-cylinder model for anyone considering this vehicle.

The 2009 BMW X6 is offered in two models, both with xDrive all-wheel drive.The X6 xDrive35i uses BMW's twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 that makes 300 horsepower.It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that can be controlled manually via the shifter or a pair of steering wheel paddles.xDrive is meant for street use and lacks low-range gearing.
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2009 X6 Overview

So called crossover SUVs are becoming more like cars and the BMW X6 pushed this idea further with the X6.BMW calls it a Sports Activity Coupe.The BMW X6 is a high-riding, four-passenger, four-door coupe, a combination of sports car and SUV.

The X6 is offered in two twin-turbocharged models, with inline-6 or V8 power.Both engines provide ample power for everyday use and even for towing.The V8 makes the X6 a hot rod, but we recommend the inline-6 because it has plenty of pep and is more fuel efficient.Shifter paddles on the steering wheel add to the sporty character of the X6.

We found the X6 handles well on the road and on the track.It's better than any SUV but not as good as BMW's own sporty coupes and sport roadsters.It corners with little body lean, but the stiff suspension makes the ride somewhat harsh, especially with the Sport Package and optional 20-inch wheels.We recommend buyers test these options before they buy.

Inside, the ambience is upscale, with lots of leather and soft-touch surfaces.BMW's iDrive control system is standard.It can complicate some interior controls, but programmable buttons are provided to ease control of some of your favorite functions.

Front-seat passengers have plenty of room, though visibility to the rear is restricted by a small, flat rear window.Two rear-seat occupants should be comfortable, too, provided they're not tall.

The rear hatch lifts up and the rear seat folds down to give the X6 a nice amount of cargo storage space.It's on par with other hatchbacks but isn't as good as an SUV.Also, the liftover is higher, so you'll have to lift cargo higher when loading.

The X6 was all-new for 2008, and only minor changes in equipment have been made for 2009: A power liftgate has been added to the Premium Package, and the Cold Weather Package now comes with heated seats for everyone, not just the front-seat passengers.

It's hard to pigeonhole the X6.It rides high, so it doesn't handle as well as a sport coupe, and it doesn't have the cargo and people carrying capacity of an SUV.Overall, it's a fine vehicle.Pricing is high, especially for the V8 model, so we recommend the six-cylinder model for anyone considering this vehicle.

The 2009 BMW X6 is offered in two models, both with xDrive all-wheel drive.The X6 xDrive35i uses BMW's twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 that makes 300 horsepower.It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that can be controlled manually via the shifter or a pair of steering wheel paddles.xDrive is meant for street use and lacks low-range gearing.Hide Full Review