2013 BMW xDrive35i

The Good The 2013 BMW X6 xDrive35i offers more good cabin and performance tech options than you probably need, if you're willing to pay for them. The big SUV handles corners well and offers good power from its turbocharged engine.

The Bad Visibility in the X6 is poor. Cargo and people room is limited compared with its X5 sibling, and the X6 still costs more.

The Bottom Line The 2013 BMW X6 xDrive35i isn't a bad sports SUV, but its emphasis of form over function makes it the least appealing of BMW's SUVs.

Editors' Rating
  • Cabin tech 8.0
  • Performance tech 8.0
  • Design 5.0
7.3 Overall


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BMW X6 puts awkward form above function

It's hard to talk about the 2013 BMW X6 xDrive35i without first getting something off of my chest: I think that its SUV-coupe form is stupid. Now, I'm not talking BMW 5 Series GT levels of stupid -- it doesn't deserve that level of insult -- but I simply can't understand why anyone would walk onto a BMW lot and buy a large SUV that is based on the X5, but with less cargo space, when the X5 itself is sitting right next to it with a lower sticker price.

X6 form factor
By giving the X6 its coupelike roofline -- literally the only visible thing differentiating it from the X5 -- BMW has also given the SUV poor visibility through the gun-slit rear window, which terminates about 4 feet off of the ground and nearly a foot ahead of the high rear bumper, making parking extremely difficult. The blind spots at the rear quarters are big enough to hide a beige 1998 Toyota Camry in -- I know because I nearly rolled over one during a highway lane change despite not one, but two over-the-shoulder and mirror checks. If BMW insists on building a car with such heinous behind-the-driver visibility, the optional rear camera should be standard, but isn't. And blind-spot monitoring isn't even available as an option on the X6. However, a sonar-based parking-distance controller is standard, displaying a graphical heat map of proximity to obstructions on the standard LCD.

The X6 has dramatically less rear-seat headroom than the X5, and total storage space behind the front seats is also down. There's still space enough to toss a bike back there without removing the front wheel, if you don't mind laying it on its side. But two bikes are out of the question. Combine that with the high load-in height and the awkward shape of the storage area and the X6 becomes the perfect SUV for people who don't want to help their friends move.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $59,800
  • Brand BMW
  • Trim levels xDrive35i
  • Available Engine Gas
  • Body style SUV
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model 2013 BMW X6

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