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Key Specs

of the 2013 BMW X6. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance
  • Ride quality
  • Comfortable sport seats
  • Unique styling

The Bad

  • Tall bumper makes loading cargo tough
  • Have to swing legs wide to step out
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Backseat headroom

Notable Features of the 2013 BMW X6

  • Light styling updates
  • New performance packages (xDrive35i, xDrive50i)
  • Turbocharged engines, standard all-wheel drive
  • Coupe-like profile
  • Available high-performance X6 M

2013 BMW X6 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The four-door BMW X6 gains light visual updates and two new performance packages for 2013. The five-seat X6 comes with a turbocharged six-cylinder or V-8 engine, all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Competitors include the Porsche Cayenne and Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

Trim levels are the six-cylinder X6 xDrive35i and the V-8 X6 xDrive50i. A turbocharged V-8 X6 M caps the lineup. BMW dropped the gas-electric ActiveHybrid X6, which garnered few sales, after 2011.

(Skip to details on the: X6 M)

New for 2013
The 2013 X6 gains light visual changes, a new leather choice inside and two performance packages for the non-M model.

Exterior
A roofline that peaks early and descends all the way to the tail distinguishes the X6. It's a profile that cars like the less-expensive Acura ZDX have emulated. The BMW's taillights sit high on the trunk, and the belt line sits high against short windows. The whole of it gives the X6 the look of a four-door coupe on a beefier, raised suspension.

Visual changes include relocated fog lights, reshaped tailpipes and subtle changes to BMW's twin-kidney grille. The headlights gain white caps similar to those on BMW's other cars; here, like on the 1 Series and 6 Series coupes, the caps have embedded LED lights. Xenon headlights are standard, with adaptive LED headlights optional. An optional M Performance Package adds 20-inch alloy wheels, upgraded exterior trim and darker exhaust tips.

Interior
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Vehicle Overview

The four-door BMW X6 gains light visual updates and two new performance packages for 2013. The five-seat X6 comes with a turbocharged six-cylinder or V-8 engine, all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Competitors include the Porsche Cayenne and Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

Trim levels are the six-cylinder X6 xDrive35i and the V-8 X6 xDrive50i. A turbocharged V-8 X6 M caps the lineup. BMW dropped the gas-electric ActiveHybrid X6, which garnered few sales, after 2011.

(Skip to details on the: X6 M)

New for 2013
The 2013 X6 gains light visual changes, a new leather choice inside and two performance packages for the non-M model.

Exterior
A roofline that peaks early and descends all the way to the tail distinguishes the X6. It's a profile that cars like the less-expensive Acura ZDX have emulated. The BMW's taillights sit high on the trunk, and the belt line sits high against short windows. The whole of it gives the X6 the look of a four-door coupe on a beefier, raised suspension.

Visual changes include relocated fog lights, reshaped tailpipes and subtle changes to BMW's twin-kidney grille. The headlights gain white caps similar to those on BMW's other cars; here, like on the 1 Series and 6 Series coupes, the caps have embedded LED lights. Xenon headlights are standard, with adaptive LED headlights optional. An optional M Performance Package adds 20-inch alloy wheels, upgraded exterior trim and darker exhaust tips.

Interior
Inside, the dashboard's high shelf integrates gauges and a center screen. The M Performance Package adds unique doorsills, headliner and footrests. Four seats are standard; an optional three-seat rear bench raises capacity to five.

Cargo room behind the rear seats totals 25.6 cubic feet. Fold down the seats and the X6 has 51.2 cubic feet of room. The cargo-area figure compares favorably to BMW's 5 Series Gran Turismo (15.0 cubic feet) and the Porsche Cayenne (23.7 cubic feet), but it trails the Range Rover Sport (33.8 cubic feet).

Under the Hood
The xDrive30i's turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder makes 300 horsepower and 300 pounds-feet of torque, while the xDrive50i's turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 is good for 400 hp and 450 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines route power through an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.

The M Performance Package adds extra power this year, bumping xDrive30i output to 315 hp and 330 pounds-feet of torque. On the xDrive50i, it makes 440 hp and 480 pounds-feet of torque.

Safety
Front, side-impact and side curtain airbags are standard, as are antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.

X6 M
Introduced in late 2009, the X6 M cranks output for the turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 to 555 hp. Other changes include a reworked exterior with aggressive ground effects, a unique suspension and performance-oriented interior cues. While other X6s have an eight-speed automatic, the X6 M gets a six-speed auto. Back to top


Latest 2013 X6 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most reliable and unique sporty style.

by Mike from Scottsdale, AZ on July 30, 2018

Most unique sport styling SUV on the market, aggressive demeanor, powerful engine, comfortable for highway cruising or agile handling and cornering on the track or city driving. Read full review

(5.0)

Sexiest Beamer on the Market!

by JamieICT on July 13, 2018

The sexy curves of the X6 combined with the performance and handling make it unbeatable. There is more head/leg room in the backseat than most sedans. Trunk is large with ample storage. You can?t lose ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 BMW X6 currently has 4 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 BMW X6 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by BMW

Program Benefits

Comprehensive inspection by BMW technician, 24/7 Roadside Assistance, BMW Assist. Exceptional vehicles with exceptional coverage

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Miles for 1-Year

    BMW Certified Pre-Owned: Covers you for unlimited miles for 1-year, after the expiration o f the 4-year / 50,000 mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty for a total of 5 years with unlimited miles. This includes up to 5 years and unlimited miles of BMW Roadside Assistance and BMW Assist (TM) on many late model BMW vehicles. Additional plans are available to extend your vehicle's coverage for up to a total of 6 years with unlimited miles. See your BMW Center for details.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Comprehensive inspection.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The X6 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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