2017 BMW X6 M Review

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2017 BMW X6 M Overview

Looking for the ultimate combination of performance and utility? BMW hopes you'll take a look at its 2017 X6 M. Based on the popular X6, the X6 M takes BMW's wild marriage of SUV and performance coupe and dials it up a notch.

With its long, sloping roofline, the X6 M exudes the attitude of a performance coupe, but its 8.1 inches of ground clearance scream "SUV." Inside, you'll find seating for 5 and 26.6 cubic feet of cargo space (59.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down), further perpetuating the image of the X6 M as an SUV.

Turn the key over and you'll lose all doubts of the car's status as a performance machine. Once you start the car, it'll be impossible not to be enthralled by the throaty roar of the its twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter 567-hp 8-cylinder engine. If you're looking for fuel economy, the X6 M is probably not your ride—it should return approximately 14 mpg city/19 highway/16 combined. While the environmentally conscious may not be big fans of the X6 M, power lovers will be. The X6 M will be capable of hitting 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and should top out at 160 mph: seriously impressive for a car that can tote around almost 60 cubic feet of cargo.

For 2017, the X6 M will again be offered with no trim choices and all examples will sport both an 8-speed automatic transmission and an M-tuned xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system.

Beyond its impressive performance abilities, the X6 M will also be an extremely luxurious ride. Standard fare includes Merino leather upholstery, heated front seats, 18-way power-adjustable M front seats, M Drive with M Dynamic Mode, xenon headlights, power-folding and heated mirrors, push-button start, automatic 4-zone climate control, a power moonroof, a power liftgate, rain-sensing windshield wipers, front and rear park-distance control, ambience lighting, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, BMW's iDrive infotainment system with BMW Apps, navigation with a 10.2-inch color display, a backup camera, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and SiriusXM satellite radio.

While the X6 M offers serious luxury standard, BMW knows buyers will want to customize their Ultimate Driving Machines. While not offering quite as much opportunity for customization as other BMW models, the X6 M does not disappoint. Two equipment packages will be available—Driver Assistance Plus and the Executive Package. Opt for Driver Assistance Plus and you'll get an active driving assistant, active blind-spot detection, a surround-view camera, and speed-limit info. Choose the Executive Package and you'll load up your X6 M with LED lights, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, automatic high beams, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats. To further customize your X6 M, BMW will also offer a few standalone options. These include night vision, a parking assistant (which searches for an open parking spot and parks the car automatically), smartphone integration, a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, and rear-seat entertainment, which installs a pair of 9.2-inch color displays in the backs of the front seats.

In addition to all the luxury, BMW will also add a fair amount to make sure the X6 M handles well in the curves. The backbone of this is the car's M chassis and suspension, which link's with its M-tuned electric power steering to give you the feeling you're low down in a performance coupe as you tackle the twisties.

BMW hasn't forgotten about safety, either. Inside the X6 M you'll find dynamic stability control, hill-descent control, dynamic traction control, dynamic performance control with active roll stabilization, adaptive brakelights, a front and rear head protection system with front side-impact airbags, a rollover sensor, and a front airbag supplemental restraint system.

We expect the 2017 X6 M to come in just over the $103,000 mark (when destination and handling fees are included). While that's a lot of money, the X6 M is a seriously impressive car and could be a great choice for those who can both afford it and desire the unique combination of performance, luxury, and utility it offers.


Zach is a gearhead and travel junkie who loves to check out cars wherever he goes. Having lived abroad in Germany and Russia, he has grown particularly fond of European cars, but has found nothing able to top his love for his first car: a 2001 Toyota Tacoma.

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