BMW chose to call the X6 as “Sports Activity Coupe,” but “fastback SUV” is a more precise description. Based on the previous generation BMW X5, this four-door midsize crossover has sloping roofline, evoking the eternal profile of the classic fastback coupe. Not surprisingly, style sacrificing utility here, since the X6 offers limited rear headroom and cargo.
For style, these shortcomings are unlikely to be a problem. The 2018 BMW X6 has provided a powerful engine and handling capabilities that far exceeded your expectations. As a utility vehicle, the X6 clearly fails, but as a high-performance coupe with space for four adults, it has a kind of unique appeal.
The 2018 BMW X6 is available with a choice of two engines. The sDrive35i and xDrive35i are powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard for the sDrive 35i, and all-wheel drive with hill descent control is standard for the xDrive35i. Both models use an eight-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles.
Engine and transmission performance are big advantages for the X6. It’s quick for the class, and the engine and transmission are smooth. In track testing, the 2018 BMW X6 xDrive35i accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in a quick 5.8 seconds. Top speed of 129 mph.
EPA estimated fuel economy at 21 mpg combined (18 city/25 highway) for the sDrive35i and 20 mpg combined (18 city/24 highway) for the xDrive35i.
The 2018 BMW X6 xDrive50i come standard with a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine good for 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. This model also uses an eight-speed automatic transmission and has standard all-wheel drive. BMW says the xDrive50i V8 will hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. EPA fuel economy estimates are 17 mpg combined (15 city/21 highway). Top speed of 155 mph.
The 2018 BMW X6 price list: sDrive35i starts at $63,695 (pricing includes the $995 destination charge), the xDrive $65995 and the xDrive50i model starts at $78,445.