Motoring Review: 2015 BMW X6 xDrive35i

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Words by Jay Kana

History has provided us with a plethora of successful combinations, including:

  • Peanut butter and jam;
  • Fruit and yogurt;
  • Burger, fries and a shake;
  • Abbott and Costello;
  • Hot sauce and meat;
  • Fire and meat;
  • The one-two punch;
  • Simon and Garfunkel;
  • The Everly Brothers;
  • The Smothers Brothers;
  • Ernie and Bert;
  • Jack and Jill;
  • Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier;
  • Penn and Teller; and
  • Plenty more, found here.

Well, BMW, I’m adding you to the list via your X6. It’s an SUV and a coupe packaged into a singular robust, spacious, “take me anywhere” machine.

The design of the X6 isn’t for everyone, and that’s understandable; in fact, I lean towards smaller vehicles as a matter of personal preference and lifestyle. However, when and if my tastes change (read: having kids, taking bi-weekly portaging excursions, and being a roadie for the upcoming AC/DC North American tour), I’m confident that the X6 will gallop in and be my knight in shining painted armour.

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Similar to its smaller brother, the X4, the X6 is well equipped out of the box, though a host of optional equipment is also available. Pricing starts out just below $70,000, but with enough checkmarks on the option sheet, you can come in just under $90,000. Before you hurt yourself from eye-popping, remember that as with nearly everything in life, you get what you pay for (except for two-for-one Leafs tickets, if those even exist—totally not worth it).

The feel of the X6 isn’t as bulky as I’d initially thought it would be. Now that’s not a shot at the folks at BMW, it’s just that with larger vehicles, agility usually escapes the Top 10 list.

With features including Active Steering, Adaptive Suspension Packages, and TwinPower Turbo gasoline engines, they’ve managed to keep the X in excitement. That said, I didn’t gallivant around town like a fool in the X6 but I did run it thorough an urban/rural combo test circuit through the GTA. In true BMW fashion, the larger X6 performed well while cornering through its steadfast steering. It didn’t feel like I was driving their largest X Series offering—it was closer to navigating the nimble X4.

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What propels the X6 is its 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder motor which produces 300 horsepower—plenty of power to get you up to speed when you need it. The interior is typical of BMW, with plenty of attention to detail, comfortable seats, an easy to navigate and operate iDrive system and a cleanly laid out dashboard.

Sound-wise, BMW has given the X6 a Bang and Olufsen high-end surround-sound system that orchestrates 1,200 watts (that’s not a typo, it’s really 1,200 watts!) through 16 loudspeakers. Even the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson’s recordings from the 1930s sounded smooth!

At the end of the day, the 2015 BMW X6 isn’t for everyone and nor should it be. There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all car, because we’re all looking for something different. If you want to combine the luxury of BMW, the functionality of a coupe and the strength and size of an SUV to take you through the city and country, the X6 deserves a test drive at the very least.

Combining elements is a delicate operation. Just because two things work well separately doesn’t always mean they’ll work well together; ask AOL and Time Warner. But if you’re strategic about it, the chances of success dramatically increase.

BMW has achieved this in the X6 by combining performance, functionality and fun.

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