F16 BMW X6: 8-speed auto, bi-xenon headlights, dubious style all standard

The car that gave rise to the Acura ZDX, Honda Crosstour and, soon, the Mercedes-Benz MLC, is back for a second generation.


Often pilloried by the press as the car that answered the question no-one asked, the E71 BMW X6 was popular enough with the buying public — BMW says it sold 250,000 copies — to warrant a second iteration.

The F16 X6 comes equipped with 19-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, electric tailgate, 8-speed automatic, leather trim, dual-zone climate control, auto-dimming rear vision mirrors, and rear seats that split-fold 40/20/40.

Options include adaptive LED headlights, hands-free tailgate operation, touchpad for the iDrive controller, Bang & Olufsen surround sound system, surround view cameras, night vision, speed limit info, head-up display, automatic parking and internet connectivity.

Engines, performance, fuel economy

 xDrive35ixDrive50ixDrive30dxDrive40dM50d
TypeI64.4L V83L I6-3L I6
TurboYesTwoYesYesThree
Power190kW (258hp)330kW (450hp)190kW (258hp)230kW (313hp)280kW (381hp)
Torque-650Nm450Nm-740Nm
0-100km/h6.5s4.8s6.7s5.8s250km/h
Top speed-250km/h230km/h-5.2s
Fuel economy (city)-13.1L/100km6.7L/100km-7.2L/100km
Fuel economy (hwy)-7.8L/100km5.5L/100km-6.3L/100km
Fuel economy (combo)8.6L/100km9.7L/100km6L/100km6.3L/100km6.6L/100km
CO2 output200g/km227g/km159g/km165g/km174g/km

Dimensions

Length: 4,909mm
Width: 1,989mm
Height: 1,702mm
Wheelbase: 2,933mm
Boot space: 580L (seats up), 1,525L (seats down)

Off-road specs

Overhang angle (front/rear): 25° / 22.5°
Ramp angle: 20°
Ground clearance: 212mm
Fording depth (at 7km/h): 500mm


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