ABS and ESC standard. Front side and head protection air bags standard. FCW, AEB, and BSW standard from 2019.
This coupelike sporty SUV is based on the smooth and capable X5, which is a good place to start. Unlike its sibling, the styling severely hampers rear visibility, cabin access, and cargo room in the X6. More than just a new body, though, the X6 is sportier than the X5, with tauter handling and a slightly stiffer ride. Most versions are powered by a 3.0-liter, turbocharged six-cylinder, which returned 21-mpg overall in our tested X5. A 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 is also offered. The AWD system can vary the torque from side to side in an effort to minimize understeer. A rear-wheel-drive version is new.