2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6

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2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 Review

An advanced vehicle that showcases its hybrid abilities.

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The 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 is a four-door sports coupe with all-wheel drive. This hybrid vehicle is great for the environment due to its fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.

When the 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 was launched, reviews were less than kind. It was criticized for being weirdly-shaped on the outside and for not living up to its high price on the inside. Most predicted the ActiveHybrid X6 would be unsuccessful.

The Range

Body Styles: four-door sports coupe
Engines: 4.4-liter V-8 twin-turbo Hybrid AWD
Transmissions: seven-speed automatic
Models: ActiveHybrid X6

What's New

The BMW ActiveHybrid X6 is brand new in 2011. There are no previous models.


The 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 has running boards, remote unlocks for easy entry, and a sunroof for those warmer days. The 20-inch wheels can be switched for 19-inch and manual rear window shades.


The 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 interior is designed with the family in mind and seats four people. The cabin features climate control and front bucket seats with premium leather, lumbar adjustment, and heating ability. There is a power tilt steering wheel with user-friendly controls, cruise control, and a driver memory function.

The 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 features plenty of entertainment, including an AM/FM radio, CD player, DVD player, iPod and USB adapters, extra audio jack, video monitor, 16 speakers, and two subwoofers. Pre-wired Bluetooth hands-free phone assist is included and rear seat entertainment can be added.

The interior is not nearly as roomy as most other SUVs, with just 60 cubic feet of cargo capacity. There is console storage overhead, storage on the back of the front seats, and of course, in the rear. Due to the slanting roof, there is less rear headroom.

The 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 features both transmission and audio controls on the steering wheel. There is a compass, on-board driver navigation system, and a number of memorized settings for such things as the vehicle’s audio system, climate control, and steering wheel.

Drivers can get real-time traffic reports, and a remote transmitter allows for automatic garage door and security system activation. The 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 has three 12-volt power outlets in the front, rear, and cargo areas.

Performance & Handling

Given the 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6’s size and weight, this SUV is easily maneuverable on the road. That aside, it is a hybrid vehicle without the total torque of a gas-driven engine; noticeable in its initial decrease in power output.

Testing has shown that this vehicle has limited rear visibility and displays a pause in initial acceleration. It should also be noted that the fuel efficiency is significantly less than other hybrid models on the market.

The 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 operates via a 4.4-liter, 480-hp gas engine; two electric motors work within the transmission system. The gas-powered engine puts out 450 lb-ft of torque, and the electric motors push that output number to 575 lb-ft of torque. Testing has shown that the 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 can go from zero to 60 in 5.5 seconds.

According to EPA estimates, the 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 has a fuel usage of 17/19 mpg city/highway. It has also been found that driven conservatively, the 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 can run on only electricity to 37 mph. At any higher speed, the two motors work together.


The 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 has both front and rear air bags, anti-lock disc brakes, improved stability and traction control, and active front head restraints.

Safety features for children include seat anchors and safety locks on the rear doors. The 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 has an anti-theft alarm system, emergency roadside service, concierge service, and tracking and assistance for stolen vehicles.

EPA Fuel Economy

ActiveHybrid X6 V-8: 17/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Fun to drive
  • Comfortable front seats

You Won't Like

  • Quite pricey
  • Inadequate legroom in the back
  • Less cargo space than expected from an SUV

Sum Up

An advanced vehicle that showcases its hybrid abilities.

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