2012 BMW X6 M – Kelley Blue Book

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2012 BMW X6 M

To its credit, in the evolution of its sport-sedan fleet BMW has come a long way. Although some might take issue with the 1 Series sheetmetal when compared to an early 2002, few would argue with the dynamic improvements.

BMW’s recent foray into the SUV market is something else altogether, and nothing in its lineup is so egregious #8211; to the BMW faithful #8211; as the X6 and its many derivatives – including a 6-cylinder version, a wicked-powerful hybrid model and the 547-horsepower twin-turbocharged X6 M. What the Bavarians describe as the first ever Sports Activity Coupe is #8211; in our view #8211; the answer to a question too few have asked. Built atop the BMW X5 platform in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the X6 enjoys the unique distinction of weighing slightly more than the X5, costing significantly more and transporting significantly less. It is #8211; again, in our view #8211; a lose/lose/lose proposition, but then, enthusiasts of the 2002 (or, for that matter, today’s 1 Series Coupe) are probably not on the X6 team’s marketing radar.

If you seek an SUV for its practical application in hauling people and/or cargo, the 2012 X6 falls woefully short. Better, we think, to invest in a 3 Series wagon and, with the change, someone’s pre-owned Jeep.

The X6 suffers from not enough ground clearance for going off-road, and not enough headroom for carrying four to five passengers in real comfort.

For the 2011 model year the X6 received both a new in-line-6 and 8-speed automatic transmission. The only significant addition to the 2012 BMW X6 is the availability of a split-folding rear seat, enabling three passengers to sit abreast when, of course, said seat isn’t folded. This increases the X6 passenger volume by 25 percent, a nod to practicality you won’t find elsewhere in the X6 architecture.

Driving Impressions The X6 platform benefits from all those well-engineered chassis that went before it. And while it sits higher than a 3 Series or 5 Series sedan, a rigid body structure.

all-independent suspension and xDrive all-wheel drive effectively mask its oh-so-obvious mass. In point of fact, you’ll probably not take note of the X6’s basic inefficiency until you stop for gasoline, where its most efficient variant #8211; the ActiveHybrid #8211; won’t achieve 20 miles per gallon. The V8 versions are thirsty, but you have the benefit of more urgency.

Drink up!

Under the Hood

In its entry-level xDrive35i form, the 2012 X6 benefits from the delightful strains of BMW’s turbocharged (300 horsepower/300 lb-ft of torque) in-line-6. And despite wonderful performance numbers #8211; a 0-60 time of just over six seconds and an electronically limited top end of 130 #8211; the 5,000 pounds of the X6 will be felt with a full passenger and cargo load.

Opt for the xDrive50i and you’ll enjoy some 100 more horses and an extra 150 lb-ft of torque, which is probably the sweet spot in the X6 lineup. Both the ActiveHybrid and X6 M offer more go, but they also both start north of $90,000. The xDrive35i and xDrive50i are connected to 8-speed automatic transmissions, the hybrid receives a 7-speed automatic and the M makes do with six.

But at 150 mph, who’s counting?

3.0-liter turbocharged in-line-6

300 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm

300 lb-ft of torque @ 1,300-5,000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23

4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8


400 horsepower @5,500-6,400 rpm

450 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-4,500 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20

4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8, dual electric synchronous motors

480 horsepower @ 5,500-6,400 rpm (hybrid mode)

575 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-4,500 rpm (hybrid mode)

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/19

To compare current market prices, check out KBB.com’s car classifieds to view the new and used BMW X6 M vehicles for sale near you.

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