A big vehicle that performs like a sports car is a true surprise. And we’re talking about the 2014 BMW X6 M. From under the hood to the cabin up to the six-figure price tag, the BMW X6 M is a true luxury vehicle. But if this beast satisfies your hunger for athletic driving and you’ve got the bucks, why count?
UNDER THE HOOD
A 4.4-liter V8 engine powers the 2014 BMW X6 M with 555 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. It works with a 6-speed automatic transmission in all-wheel drive system.
According to the EPA, the 2014 BMW X6 M returns an estimated 12 mpg in city, 17 mpg on a highway and 15 mpg combined fuel economy.
ON THE ROAD
What’s impressive about the X6 M is it can run like a sports car even if it weighs more than 5,000 pounds. The 555-hp V8 engine is undoubtedly powerful and allows the X6 M to accelerate very quickly. BMW defies the SUV’s mass and size by applying lots of technologies in almost every area of its operation. But the X6 M still somehow reminds you that it’s a big vehicle when you drive it on tight roads.
INSIDE THE 2014 X6 M
The X6 M is basically an X6 with unique M additions like badges, M-embroidered seats, and color combinations that are not available in the regular X6. Materials are all top-notch and the design remains faithful to the luxury tag of the German automaker.
All seats are comfortable, but the X6 M can accommodate only four persons in standard form. If you need a seating capacity of 5, opt for the available rear bench seat. This will remove the rear center armrest with cup holders and storage.
The sloping roofline makes the X6 M stand out. But as expected, it limits the rear headroom and visibility and the cargo space. The X6 M provides a 25-cubic-foot of space for your stuff. With the rear seatbacks folded down, it becomes 60 cubic feet. But then again, it could be larger without the roof’s dramatic downward slope.
With just the standard features, the 2014 BMW X6 M is well-equipped. It comes with brake energy regeneration, sport suspension, 20-inch light alloy wheels, adaptive brake lights and xenon headlights with washers, 20-way heated power sport front seats, driver seat memory, split-folding rear seats, leather upholstery, aluminum interior trim, push-button start/stop, power sunroof, automatic climate control, automatic tailgate, park distance control, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, leather-wrapped multifunction sport steering wheel, dynamic cruise control, iDrive system, navigation system, Bluetooth, iPod/USB input, and 16-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system.
Some of the stand-alone options offered are full LED headlights, 3-passenger rear seat, Piano Black/wood/carbon-leather interior trims (no cost), keyless entry, smartphone integration, 6-disc DVD changer, satellite radio, and rear-seat entertainment system.
Optional packages include Driver Assistance Package (has head-up display, automatic high beams, and rearview camera with top view feature) and Cold Weather Package (with ski bag and heated steering wheel and rear seats).