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2012 BMW X6 xDrive50i SUV

2012 BMW X6 Review

(0 Stars)  A less-practical, more-expensive mutation of the BMW X5.

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Overview
To hear BMW tell it, the X6 combines the presence of an X5 with the sporty elegance of a coupe. The X6 does indeed have the presence of the X5, on which it is based. It is similarly sized, offers the same up-high seating position, and comes with four-wheel drive. As for sporty elegance, we'll leave that to you to decide. Undeniably, the X6 is heavily restyled compared to its more conventionally shaped sibling, with a lower roofline and a more sloped hatchback. Those changes make for reduced interior volume. The X6 was designed as a four-seater, although now it can be had with a fifth set of seatbelts. The squashed roofline and the high beltline make the X6 hard to see out of; the backup camera and available blind-spot assist are essentials. The X6 handles less like a tall, heavy SUV and more like a sport sedan; its sophisticated all-wheel-drive system can send power not only from front to rear but also from side to side to aid cornering. The downside is a fairly stiff ride. The base 300-hp, 3.0-liter six is turbocharged. The 4.4-liter V-8, also turbocharged, adds 100 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. Then there's the X6 M, with a seven-speed automatic and an over-the-top 555 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque from its turbo V-8. The other X6 engines get a smooth eight-speed automatic. The rather puzzling and pricey ActiveHybrid model, which got virtually the same gas mileage as the six-cylinder but cost many thousands more, is now out of production.

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2012 xDrive50i SUV Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 4.4L V8 DOHC with variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 14 MPG city, 20 MPG highway, 16 MPG combined and 360 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
22.5gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 400 hp @ 5,500 rpm; 450 ft lb of torque @ 1,750 rpm

'12 BMW xDrive50i SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
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Privacy Glass
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Auto Dimming Mirrors
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Auto Tilt Down Mirrors
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Wiper/Washers
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HID Headlights
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Hill Decent Control
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Parking Distance Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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iPod Connector
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
  Trucks and Towing  
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Trailer Harness
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