Monday, February 9, 2009

2008 BMW X6 xDrive50i - Long-Term Road Test

It’s been 13,000 miles and we still don’t understand our BMW X6. But then again love doesn’t always make sense.

2008 BMW X6 xDrive50i - Long-Term Road Test

Current Mileage/Months in Fleet: 13,111 miles/5 monthsAverage Fuel Economy/Range:

15 mpg/338 miles

Service: $0Normal Wear: $5Repair:


Love is an inexplicable phenomenon. After all, love can make people quit stable jobs and move across the country. It can drive some to crime. Love can also force folks to commit simple evils like feigning interest in tripe like the film27 Dresses or talking in syrupy baby talk. Right now, love has theCar and Driver crew fawning over a pointless, $80,000 truck.

The X6’s size and weight still have us wanting to dismiss it as a senseless—yet stylish—SUV, but its behavior and enthusiastic manners have us amazed. As one editor put it, “This is such a stupid concept executed so well. It’s staggering how well the X6 goes down the road.” Another called the X6 “further proof that BMW isthe master of chassis tuning and dynamics.”

One Cushy Snowmobile,

One Curious Warning The

X6’s standard front tires measure 275/40-20, but the rears are 315/35-20, a size in which it’s impossible to find winter tires. That is a common problem with the big-wheeled members of our long-term fleet, and the solution here was to fit 275/40-20 (just within the approved range to fit the fat rear rims) Pirelli Scorpion ice and snow rubber at all four corners. Combined with BMW’s fantastic xDrive all-wheel-drive system, the new footwear has turned even this winter’s worst snowstorms into almost non-events.

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