You’ve got great taste and great style. You are well-traveled, and well versed in the arts. You’ve read things other than BuzzFeed quizzes like, “Which Starbucks Drink Are You?” (those quizzes are dumb, you totally aren’t a Pumpkin Spice Latte btw). And now, you are in the market for a new SUV. The obvious choice: BMW. The not so obvious choice, the X5 or the X6. Both are stylish, xDrive equipped performance monsters. But that doesn’t make both of them right for you. That’s where we come in, comparing the BMW X5 and X6. So read on, and learn what makes them different, and which one may be best for you — no BuzzFeed quizzes necessary.
The BMW X5
Initially launched in 1999, the BMW X5 was the brand’s first foray in the sport activity vehicle market. And what a foray it was. 19 years later, the X5 is still one of the best vehicles in its class. Now, it its third generation, the X5 is a finely tuned vehicle with no detail overlooked. A luxuriously appointed interior is found within the confines of the aggressively designed, instantly recognizable as a BMW exterior. And the BMW TwinPower Turbo 8-cylinder engine with two Valvetronic parallel turbochargers that punches out 445 HP is there to give you power as well as efficiency.
The BMW X6
The X6 is the first of its kind, for BMW and beyond. Similar to the X5 in the sense that they are both mid-size SUVs, and utilize the same engine — it’s the styling that really sets the X6 apart. A low, sloping roof lead to a much more coupe-like appearance, and the sport-seats give the interior a more performance based feel. Dynamic Performance Control helps bridge the gap between the feel of a sportier coupe and the higher ground clearance of an SUV, making the X6 a truly unique hybrid.
Comparing the BMW X5 and X6
Comparing the BMW X5 and X6 is no easy task — they are both excellent choices. But each vehicle has definite pros and cons. The X5 is a more traditional SUV, with an available third row seating option. Meaning if you do a lot of driving with a lot of people in the car, the X5 may be a better choice. As well, with the sloped roof of the X6, and a more coupe-like appearance, the X5 tends to have more cabin and cargo space. Weightier, and with a more absorbent suspension system, the X5 can also tackle the off-road better than the X6. But it isn’t all about size when comparing the BMW X5 and X6; the handling of the X6 benefits greatly from a more sport-tuned suspension, as well as a lower centre of gravity. For those who value great looking design, or who just aren’t ready to completely dive into the SUV pool, the X6 offers exceptional looks with its rugged versatility. Slightly more expensive than the X5, the X6 is loaded with more standard features. And while the X6 hasn’t been reviewed yet by the NHTSA, it is blessed with almost all of the same safety features as the X5, which was awarded a perfect 5-star rating for overall performance by the NHTSA.
So now you’re thinking, “this is all well and good, and both are fantastic offerings from BMW, but which one is right for me?” Reading about us comparing the BMW X5 and X6 is great, but come visit our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff at Edmonton BMW to talk more about what your day to day needs are, and which of these mid-size, luxury sport activity vehicles are right for you.