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2016 BMW X6 Walk Around


The current X6 is slightly larger than the pre-2015 version.

The X6 looks aggressive, sleek and sculptured, yet it resembles the BMW X4 and X5. The front styling is very similar to that of the X5 and, in fact, they share grilles, headlights and hoods.

In profile, the X6 has an upright stance with a low roofline, long hood, and short front and rear overhangs. From the back, the X6 is high and wide, with broad shoulders and a high trunk. Exhaust tips are round on six-cylinder models, rhomboid-shaped on the V8-powered 50i.

The X6 M is distinguished by the M double-bar design on the front grille, larger front air intakes, side gills and air breathers. Staggered Michelin Pilot SuperSport performance tires are wrapped in unique, M-specific 21-inch alloy wheels.

Interior

Front-seat passengers get plenty of space in the X6, along with a high seating position. Leather is standard and the seats are comfortable. Sport seats with the M Sport package have extra bolstering for better support around corners.

Because of the low roofline, rear-seat passengers have less space in an X6 than in an X5. Children and average-size adults will be comfortable, but those around the six-foot mark might feel cramped. The X6 seats four, not five.

The X6 interior is modern, with a tasteful variety of finishes and trims and soft-touch surfaces. The cockpit is oriented around the driver, with all controls within easy reach, from the center stack and iDrive console to the multiple buttons on the thick steering wheel. The digital instrument display changes colors depending on mode, blue for eco-plus and red for sport.

A wide, freestanding color display provides access to navigation, applications and real-time information via compatible iPhone or Android-powered smartphones. A touchpad surface on top of the iDrive rotary knob makes it easier to enter information by drawing letters and numbers, instead of scrolling through a seemingly endless screen of characters.

X6 M models get an M-specific instrument cluster, supportive 20-way power sport seats and an M sport steering wheel, along with the signature contrast stitching, carbon fiber trim and an Alcantara headliner.

Rearward visibility is restricted by the small rear window, making the top-view camera a smart option.

Cargo space falls short compared with other SUVs. The 40/20/40 folding rear seat provides some flexibility in arranging people and cargo. Because of the X6’s high rear end, the load floor sits very high, making it a poor choice for dogs.

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