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2009 BMW X6 Review

An eye-catching midsize SUV that offers quick acceleration and a sporty ride.

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Overview

The 2009 BMW X6 is BMW’s all-wheel-drive (AWD), midsize SUV that is part of the carmaker’s 6 Series line of vehicles. It is available in two trim levels, the xDrive35i and xDrive50i. It offers SUV utility within a sporty four-door profile and seats four.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.0-liter 300-hp twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder, 4.4-liter 400-hp twin-turbocharged V-8
Transmissions: six-speed shiftable automatic with AWD
Models: BMW xDrive35i, BMW xDrive50i

What's New

The 2009 BMW X6 did not undergo any significant changes. Some options have been made standard, and some option packages have been altered.

Exterior

The exterior of the 2009 BMW X6 is sporty and coupe-like. The front end features BMW’s standard kidney grille, and a special intake grille. The halogen fog lights, seated within the two intake dams, offer 90-degree illumination when cornering. Running boards make getting in and out of the vehicle easier.

Standard equipment on the xDrive35i includes 19-inch alloy wheels with run flat tires, variable intermittent rain-sensing wipers, rear defogger, power mirrors with reverse tilt for curb view, intermittent rear wiper, power glass sunroof, rear liftgate door, trailer wiring, mechanical center differential, descent control, center and rear limited slip differentials, transmission hill holder, four-wheel independent double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspensions, front and rear stabilizer bars, cornering lights, daytime running lights, fog lights, and auto delay off dusk-sensing Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights with self-leveling.

Standard equipment that is exclusive to the xDrive50i includes 19-inch V-spoke alloy wheels and larger disc brakes.

Interior

Standard equipment on the xDrive35i includes 10-way power driver and passenger seats with height adjustment, leather upholstery, bucket front seats, split-folding rear seatback, rear ventilation ducts, cruise control, speed-proportional power steering, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel with cruise control functions and paddle shifters, front and rear parking sensors, 12-volt power outlets, interior charcoal air filter, dual-zone climate control, alloy/leather/wood interior trim, memory settings for two drivers, tachometer, trip computer, external temperature display, pre-wired for cell phone use, and 205-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3/iPod audio system with 10 speakers and radio data system.

Standard equipment that is exclusive to the xDrive50i includes a DVD-based navigation system with voice activation and real-time traffic and LCD display screen, and 20-way power multi-contour front seats with lumbar support.

The interior of the X6 is sporty yet elegant. Leather, wood, and alloy trim are omnipresent in the cabin. BMW’s iDrive controls the functions of many electronic systems in the X6. Its large knob accesses the menu options that are displayed on the LCD screen. The center console is well cushioned to protect knees during aggressive cornering. Headroom is decreased by about two inches in the rear seat, due to the X6’s sweeping curved roofline. The rear seats offer room for two passengers. The cargo capacity of the X6 is 60 cubic feet when the seats are folded down, capacity is decreased to a modest 25 cubic feet when the seats are up.

If you want to operate the automatic transmission as a manual, drivers can either shift using the curved gear lever on the console or via the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Performance & Handling

The Base xDrive35i is equipped with a three-liter, twin-turbocharged, 300-hp, inline six-cylinder engine and a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission and AWD. The 2009 BMW xDrive50i is equipped with a 4.4-liter, 400-hp, V-8 engine and a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission.

The 2009 BMX X6 is a powerful SUV as the xDrive35i can go from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. Meanwhile, the xDrive50i was clocked at 5.3 seconds.

BMW’s AWD xDrive Dynamic Performance Control sends power from the front to the rear and side to side as needed. The optional adaptive driving system allows the driver to select the ride quality and handling. Cornering is impressive for a vehicle that weighs almost 5000 pounds. Acceleration is quick, and shifting is fast and smooth. The ventilated disc brakes offer excellent stopping power.

Safety

Standard safety features on the 2009 BMW X6 includes ABS, traction control, electronic stability control, descent control, brake drying, front seat side-mounted airbags, rear seat side curtain airbags, a rollover sensor, and AWD.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW xDrive35i: 15/20 mpg city/highway
BMW xDrive50i: 12/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Coupe-like design
  • Sporty, yet comfortable, ride quality
  • Supportive sport seats

You Won't Like

  • Rear seat head room
  • Rear visibility
  • Cost of options

Sum Up

An eye-catching midsize SUV that offers quick acceleration and a sporty ride.

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