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2016 BMW X6 M: New Car Review

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author photo by Autotrader April 2016

The 2016 BMW X6 M is one of those vehicles that doesn't need to exist, but thank goodness it does. There's no reason why anyone should take a crossover SUV onto a race track, even when it has the sloping roofline of the X6, but this high-performance M version would feel right at home, with speed and composure in equally generous measure.

The X6 M isn't here to schlep two-by-fours from Home Depot. Instead, its job is to provide a deft combination of high-riding style and incredible performance. Whereas the X5 M looks like a regular SUV on steroids, the X6 M resembles something from a sci-fi movie -- and moves like it.

What's New for 2016?

Enhanced USB and Bluetooth features are now standard, providing voice control for contacts and music, mobile office functions (text, email, calendar, tasks and voice memos) and the ability to sync up a second smartphone.

What We Like

Absurdly powerful twin-turbo V8; sports-car handling in a crossover wrapper; impeccably trimmed cabin; class-leading technology features

What We Don't

Dubious value relative to the regular V8-powered X6; impractical interior for a 2.5-ton crossover

How Much?

$103,195

Fuel Economy

A twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 develops 567 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters (for the option of manual control), and all-wheel drive is standard.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, fuel consumption is estimated at 14 miles per gallon in the city, 19 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg combined.

Standard Features & Options

The 2016 BMW X6 M ($103,195) comes as one well-appointed model.

Standard features include 21-inch staggered-width wheels with high-performance tires, adaptive sport-tuned suspension dampers, a rear air suspension, quad tail pipes, an M body kit, adaptive auto-leveling xenon headlights with cornering lights, LED fog lights/taillights, a panoramic sunroof, roof rails, a power lift gate with hands-free operation (via a foot sensor in the bumper), front and rear parking sensors, a performance-themed instrument cluster with a high-resolution color driver information center, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry/ignition, rain-sensing wipers, hill-descent control, a power adjustable steering wheel with paddle shifters, adjustable drive settings (through the Driving Dynamics Control system), 18-way heated front sport seats with driver and front-passenger memory settings, extended leather upholstery, quad-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone and audio, a USB port, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and BMW's iDrive infotainment system with a widescreen 10.2-in display, satellite radio/HD Radio, navigation and hard-drive MP3 storage.

The optional Executive package adds adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams, soft-closing doors, BMW's Concierge Services (providing live assistance for making dinner reservations, finding nearby places of interest, etc.), a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and rear sunshades.

Additional options include 20-in wheels, a self-parking system, a rear-seat entertainment system with twin 9.2-in screens and a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system. There's also a Driver Assistance Plus package with advanced safety features (see the Safety section below).

Cargo capacity is modest, with 19.3 cu ft. behind the rear seats and 53.9 cu ft. with those seats folded down. That's essentially hatchback territory, but to be fair, the X6's styling makes it more of a hatchback than a crossover. Most other vehicles in the 5,200-lb weight class offer considerably more versatility.

Safety

Standard safety equipment includes stability control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (with automatic collision readiness) and six airbags (front, front-side and full-length side-curtain).

The optional Driver Assistance Plus package adds side-view and top-view parking cameras, a blind spot monitoring system, lane-departure warning and speed-limit warning. An infrared night-vision camera with pedestrian detection is also offered.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have put the X6 (M or otherwise) through their crash-test programs yet.

Behind the Wheel

The X6 M uses the same interior layout as the regular X6, which is ultimately derived from the X5. That's not a criticism, though, as the current X5 and its associates are among the nicest crossovers on the planet. Materials and control quality is superb, with nary a surface or switch out of place, and the dashboard has a sleek, contemporary look. Naturally, BMW has added a number of special features to the X6 for M duty, including incredibly supportive front sport seats and an M-spec gauge cluster with performance-themed digital displays.

Cabin technology is also stellar, highlighted by the widescreen 10.2-in iDrive display with its touchpad-equipped controller. There's a standard Harman Kardon audio system or an astonishingly crisp Bang & Olufsen system offered as an enticing option. The B&O system, by the way, is one of the few significant features that doesn't come as standard. If you're pricing one of these against the xDrive50i, keep in mind that it's not apples to apples, since many of the X6 M's standard items cost extra on its lesser sibling.

Rear-seat comfort is quite good (at least in the two outer spots), thanks in part to tilted bottom cushions that provide ample thigh support for longer-legged passengers.

For a 2.5-ton hatchback with a high center of gravity, the X6 M feels impossibly composed. Aided by torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, active roll stabilization and steamroller-sized performance tires, the X6 M relentlessly goes where it's pointed with minimal fuss. The stability control system's M Dynamic mode even permits some drifting if you're so inclined. In more sedate driving, the standard adaptive dampers take the edge off of rough urban surfaces despite those theoretically unyielding 21-in tires. Few vehicles inspire confidence on all kinds of pavement like this BMW.

Other Cars to Consider

2016 BMW X5 M -- This model is like the X6 M, but it's more practical.

2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR -- The SVR has a chassis to match its supercharged V8, which generates 550 hp. This is an amazing machine.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE63 S Coupe -- The revamped and renamed crossover (formerly known as the M-Class) now has a 4-door coupe version coming out of the high-performance AMG stable, with 577 hp to play with.

2016 Porsche Cayenne Turbo -- The Cayenne Turbo remains a true athlete in this segment, although it's an older design.

Used Porsche Panamera Turbo -- The Panamera Turbo is a car, as opposed to a crossover. A new one is seriously expensive, but a certified pre-owned model might be available in the X6 M's price range.

Autotrader's Advice

At this price level, there are so many fantastic vehicles to choose from. But if the X6 M floats your boat, you won't find us trying to deter you.

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