An Unusual Car Design For Sure
May 30, 2017
I've always loved the lines of the X6, a sport coupe with a hatchback that doubles as an SUV. More oriented towards performance than utility, this fits the use of the executive vehicle and not the grocery getter or kid hauler. The X5 is the soccer mom car that fits those needs.
One this you might note, you taller people, getting in and out is a bit of a squeeze and it is for me and I'm only 5' 9" where upon entering I have to really bend my neck towards my shoulder to clear my head of the roof. I've tried multiple ways of approach and I still hit my head most of the time. Once inside, there's plenty of head room to the ceiling. From my seated position, yes, those contour optional seats are soooo comfortable, but the power adjustable steering wheel does not go low enough for my optimal relaxed driving position. I like to freeway cruise holding near the bottom of the wheel. Spirited driving the steering wheel feel great in the 10 and 2 position. Visibility is bad out the back, with the long sloping fastback design, there's not much glass to look out of. Otherwise visibility is fine and the side view mirrors are big enough to make lane changed easy, though I don't find the traffic lane warning lights very attention getting to warn you of traffic on the other lanes. The cameras included with the package take some getting used to and the controls are not that great. Rear camera is good, but I'd skip the rest of the options.
Getting on to the driving, the ride is very smooth and quiet, even with the low profile 35 and 40 series tires on 20 inch rims. Big complaint on the OEM tires, you only get run flats with the M Sport package. Run Flats ride rougher than regular tires due to the thick sidewalls needed to support the car in case of a flat and the main thing, if you get a flat, you can only drive a very limited distance to a tire shop like max 50 miles. ell, what if you're way out in the middle of no where and you get a flat? I recommend ordering the compact spare tire from your dealer. BMWs with run flats don't come with any spare or jack even!
My MPG is better than listed ... I'm getting close to 30 mpg on the freeway keeping a steady 65 mph. City MPG is so variable, I say highway is the best comparison. The navigation system is way harder to use then say a Garmin unit as far as entering and storing locations and recalling them quickly. With BMW Nav system, unlike the Garmin, you have to pay for all map updates. Garmin is free. Just 2 years lag time and I have businesses listed that have gone out of business long ago and new ones I want that are not listed yet. The updates are dealer only for around $100.
The sound system is very good with out upgrading to the super expensive option. The BMW iDrive system takes some real lessons to figure out, lucky all BMW dealers have a person called the BMW "Genius" that will walk you through any questions whether you purchased you car at that dealer or not.
Over all, I'm happy and see this car as a long distance highway cruiser capable of quick drives on curvy roads. I do feel a little isolated from the road and outside world when inside, but that can be a good thing if you like that. This will never handle curves like a BMW roadster or BMW M3, but it's the quiet mature luxury that the X6 excels at. A fine car to take to fancy dinners or wine tasting with your partner .... and no kids.