BMW X6, an uncommon car that stands out
May 9, 2017
This styling may not be for everybody, but it is an extroverts car, that's for sure, with it's muscular stance and lines, people ask , "What IS that?" The base inline 6 engine still moves the somewhat heavy SUV quickly, about as fast as a VW GTI, still fast but not super fast. This car is available with a 560 hp V8 if you need to go fast, like 0-60 in 4.3 sec. What I really like is the optional contour seat napp leather option, OMG! It's like a fine leather couch in a living room, soft and supple to the touch. The seats adjust like 20 ways, even the headrest is a power adjustment up and down. The drivers assist package with all the cameras is a blast! Parking is so easy now, it even gives you an aerial view from on top to guide you! The heads up display is so Star Trek, I love it. Now I'll need lessons just to learn how to use all these features and adjustments. Lucky, every BMW dealer has a person "BMW Genius" that will help you figure anything out, even if you didn't but the car at that dealer! The Certified BMW program is a load off my mind, buying a used car. New car coverage extended to 6 years or 100K miles.
OK now for the few negatives aspects. This car comes with run-flat tires, so that means no spare tire or jack. You can drive supposedly 50 miles with no air in a tire. Well, what if your travels take you beyond 50mi from the nearest tire shop? That's easy to do in NV! Plus, run-flat tires cost a lot more to replace and last about half as long as regular all season tires. The tires it comes with are summer only tires, so no good for driving below freezing or any sort of snow. Best bet, get the spare tire option as there a place for it under the rear floor, and when you wear out those summer run flat tires, replace with regular all season tires, unless you live in real snow country, then get a second set of tires in snows. One more gripe I have with the BMW inline 6 cylinder engine. There is NO DIP STICK to check the oil! I wanna know how much oil is in there, and not have to depend on some electronic sensor to tell me on the function screen in the car. What if a sensor goes out and you get way low on oil? There's no way to physically check the oil level! OK, a third minor grip, the visibility out the rear or this car is really bad. The window is small and , well, good thing for all the cameras this car has!
Overall, I still think this is a great car, despite the short comings. It has an excellent ride, plenty of power, decent cargo space and a street presence like no other SUV. It brings a smile to my face every time I walk up to the car and look at it. It's a car for someone who wants an SUV and not look like a soccer mom! They drive the X5 not the X6!