BMW sets out to introduce a sporty crossover vehicle with the 2008 BMW X6. Even though the vehicle gets dubbed a ?sports activity coupe,? it still boasts a four-door design. The coupe tag draws more attention to the X6’s sleek and stylish design and justifies its high price tag. The 2008 X6 handles exceptionally well, boasting an excellent suspension and tire grip with extra control afforded by the Dynamic Performance Control (DPC).
The X6 gets points for style and attempting to combine form and function so elegantly. However, it is not quite large enough, or capable of traversing any rough terrain, to be as useful as other sport utility vehicles. The X6 reaches a maximum seating capacity of four people. At least it allows for plenty of customization with gadgets and packages.
Body Styles: four-door SUV
Engines: 3.0-liter six-cylinder, 4.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: BMW X6 xDrive35i, BMW X6 xDrive50i
The newest feature in the X6, which serves as a new model for 2008, is the DPC. The DPC controls the side-to-side torque of the rear wheels and adjusts the power between the front and rear wheels. This means that the X6 offers a greater capacity for control and agility than previous models.
The BMW X6 also places a greater emphasis on style and shows off a rich look to match its sporty handling and engine choices.
The 2008 BMW X6 has such a smooth frame and design that it doesn’t seem like an SUV. The X6 definitely turns heads with its sporty design and gently curved edges. It boasts variable intermittent rain-sensing wipers, a rear defogger, and a power glass sunroof with remote operation. BMW offers it in 10 exterior colors. The X6 features a hatchback for the easy loading of gear and luggage. The Sport package gives you increased control over body roll, while the Premium package includes auto-dimming mirrors and BMW Assist.
A leather steering wheel and leather upholstery come standard in the X6, and BMW offers 11 different interior color choices. Because of its more streamlined frame, the X6’s interior space is 15 cubic feet smaller than the X5’s, dropping from 75 cubic feet to 60 cubic feet. So while the front seats still maintain a roomy feel, the back seats seem more on the cramped side. It helps that the X6 still has dual-zone climate control however, allowing both the driver and passenger to manage their own climates. The Technology package provides real-time traffic details and a voice-activated navigation system.
Performance & Handling
The X6 comes in two models: the xDrive35i and the xDrive50i. The xDrive35i contains a three-liter, inline six-cylinder engine, while the xDrive50i sports a 4.4-liter, V-8 engine. Even though the sporty X6 touts controlled handling, it offers no option for a manual transmission. Instead, both models use a six-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive. Multiple automated systems, such as the DPC, improve the handling of the car by redirecting the power to each wheel in order to increase stability and traction.
The xDrive35i accelerates from zero to 60 mph in just under six seconds, while the xDrive50i surpasses it in 5.3 seconds. This acceleration, combined with the double-pivot front and multilink rear suspension, makes this a seriously fun car to drive.
As mentioned, the DPC marks the most notable feature change for the 2008 BMW X6. This improves the safety of the vehicle, increasing stability and traction, by utilizing a torque distribution system to adjust the power for each wheel as needed. In the event of a rollover, a standard-equipped sensor deploys curtain airbags and seat belt pretensioners to limit passenger harm. Other standard equipment includes anti-lock disc brakes to quickly stop the car without skidding, active front head restraints to prevent or minimize whiplash, and hill-descent control to prevent the car from slipping on inclines.
EPA Fuel Economy
• BMW X6 xDrive35i: 15/20 mpg city/highway
• BMW X6 xDrive50i: 13/18 mpg city/highway
- Remarkable handling and control
- Intelligent traction and stability technology
- Powerful engine options
You Won't Like
- A little heavy for a sporty car
- Limited passenger and cargo space for an SUV
- More expensive than competitors
An amazing-looking car with exquisite handling that, unfortunately, does not move gear or families as well as it turns heads.
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