BMW X6M delivers sport sedan performance in a big package
The SUV market is so hot right now, automakers are working overtime to keep up with basic demand. They're also working to create new models that raise the bar for performance and luxury features.
The 2018 BMW X6M is a perfect example. BMW calls this vehicle a Sports Activity Coupe, which means it's a big SUV with a roof that slopes back over the rear seat. So it looks kind of like a bulked up coupe passenger car. Technically, the X6 is a mid-size SUV, but when you see it in person, it gives the impression of a big and heavy vehicle, which is exactly what the market has demanded.
But the M on the end of the X6M name is significant, because it means BMW's best performance is included. The X6M comes with a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 engine rated at 567 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque and an 8-speed automatic transmission. That's enough power to send the 5,185-pound X6M from zero to sixty in just four seconds.
The same treatment continues inside the X6M. Carbon fiber trim and fine leather upholstery are used throughout the cabin. As is usually the case, the test vehicle came outfitted with every feature in BMW's catalog, from a night vision system and head-up display to the Bang & Olufsen premium audio system. It's all great. BMW definitely deserves praise for making the iDrive rotating dial tech interface easier to use over the past few years.
The front seats come with 18 separate power adjustments. The width between the bolsters is adjustable, as is the thigh support. If you can't get comfortable in an X6M, see a chiropractor. The front seats are also heated for the winter and ventilated for summer. The second row seats are heated, too.
On the road, the X6M delivers a commanding feeling. There's plenty of power under your foot, and the steering is unusually precise for a vehicle of this size. The M suspension is adjustable, using a button on the console to switch between three levels of firmness. The basic level, comfort, is still nice and taut. You can also switch modes on the engine and steering response as well.
All this power, performance, and luxury comes at a price, however. The X6M starts at $106,095 with all fees included, and when you add the whizzy tech features you can push the price to $120,395. But if you're looking for BMW's best personal luxury SUV, the X6M is the one you want. BMW's own advertising says it all: "You've got it. Flaunt it. This is a power statement. When you're behind the wheel of something as bold as the X6, you're not going to pass by unnoticed." That's pretty much the bottom line with the X6M.
2018 BMW X6M
Base price: $106,095
Price as tested: $120,395
Type: Mid-size SUV
Engine: 4.4-liter turbo V8 (567 hp, 553 lbs-ft)
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
EPA estimated mileage: 14/19
Overall length: 193.8 inches
Curb weight: 5,185 pounds
Final assembly: Spartanburg, South Carolina