I remember when last year the first photos of the BMW X6 came out, majority of us had a negative reaction towards the new Sport Activity Coupe advertised by BMW. In time, when more and more photos of the X6 came out, along with the technical specifications, bimmer fan started to have more faith in BMW's innovation.
A year later, the BMW X6 has been launched and the amount of positive reviews have surpassed the negative ones. First, it was the guys at Jalopnik who gave the car a thumb up, Autoblog fellows had a similar opinion and even the friends at Autocar UK were raving about the X6, diesel version this time.
This time, Car Enthusiast from UK have tested the BMW X6 xDrive35d. Here is what they had to say about BMW's Sports Activity Coupe:
The genre-busting BMW X6 fuses sports cars style and performance with SUV underpinnings. That may sound like a recipe for disaster, but the result is extraordinarily effective, and really rather appealing.
In the Metal
There's no denying that the X6 is an odd looking car. That's perhaps because there has never really been anything like it before; a low roofed SUV that mixes chunky off-road style with sleek sports car lines. Looked at in profile – holding your hand up to the bold crease that dissects the door handles – the X6 is pure sports car. The fastback roofline tapers to the back, culminating around a kicked up rear that echoes BMW's own Z4 Coupé. Remove your hand and its pure sports lines become diluted below that line, the sleekness making way for a more assured, heavy look that's closely related to the X6's X5 relative.
Unusual it may be, but the X6 is certainly not without appeal. It is a confident, purposeful looking machine. A remarkably practical car too, that tapering roofline only reducing bootspace by 20 litres over the X5, the pair of rear seats also surprisingly accommodating. I'm not sold on BMW's 'coupé' tagline for its genre-busting SUV, but it definitely lives up to BMW's sporting claims in both looks and in the way it performs.