THE X6 can be accused of many crimes, but it is certainly no blunder bus. The wild styling and confusing mix of an SUV and a sports coupe gives it an unmistakable identity.
For such a big, buxom 2000kg-plus chariot, the X6 corners with purpose, helping give credibility to the BMWcreated Sports Activity Coupe tag.
The two twin-turbo in-line six-cylinder engines available at launch provide completely different driving experiences.
The 3.0-litre petrol is a little dozy when left to its own devices in drive. However, when you use the steering wheel- mounted button shifters it becomes more responsive.
The diesel supplies good doses of torque from low in the rev range and is altogether more flexible than the petrol.
The biggest revelation is the driving experience: on dodgy surfaces or billiard-top tarmac glistening with melting snow, the X6 is no understeering mule.
In these conditions the Dynamic Performance Control comes to the fore. The best way of describing it is that it is stability control on steroids.
You can feel the forces being applied to the outside wheel when it senses the car wants to plough on and understeer through a corner.
On the highway, the X6 is whisper quiet with the serenity is only broken by the wind noise coming off the oversized wing mirrors.
A bit of headroom is lost in the rear with the overaccentuated sloping roofline.
The rear glass area is narrow and high which puts many objects and people at risk when reversing, so BMW include a reversing camera as standard in all X6 models.
This is one vehicle where a rear-view camera is absolutely mandatory.
Still, the X6 cannot quite decide whether it wants to be a large SUV or a sportster.
The undeniable story of this car is the DPC, a huge advancement in stability control.
It allows you to maintain rhythm and power through a corner rather than kill torque and stop progress if there is any hint that traction is lost.
Fuel consumption in the petrol rose to about 19 litres/ 100km on a spirited launch drive while the diesel was maintaining about a more than respectable 11 litres/ 100km.
In many ways the X6 defies common sense. But when has motoring been a logical exercise in the 21st century?