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its presumably less-sporty sibling amazed me with. But that’s an observation made purely in relative terms as, in its own right, the X6 manages its bulk impressively well, and is an enormously capable driving machine, especially in Sport mode, which stiffens up the suspension settings, and with help from the wide track and the five-arm rear axle, keeps body roll to the minimum.
Flick the dynamic damper control switch to Comfort, and the X6 provides as smooth a ride as any other luxury SUV out there.
The burly 4.4-litre V8 under the bonnet has been upgraded, too, now making 444bhp, and helps the X6 get from 0-100kph in just 4.8 seconds. That figure could put many a sports saloon to shame and the ease with which the X6 gathers pace is simply remarkable considering its nearly 2.500-tonne weight.
The V8 is supremely refined with nary a hint of vibration transferred in through the steering wheel and even at full throttle sends nothing more than a faint rumble into the cabin. Talking of the cabin, it’s mostly identical to the X5’s, with the same level of refinement and quality workmanship. Seats are well bolstered and extremely comfortable, with countless adjustment options, making it easy for drivers of any shape or size to find their perfect driving position.
Rear accommodation isn’t as impressive though, mainly owing to the sloping roofline, and despite a contoured ceiling, things could get claustrophobic at the back for tallerthan-average adults.
In short, despite the updated looks, upgraded engine and the reworked suspension, to me the X6 still remains a car that needn’t exist. I still don’t have a question that needs to be answered by the X6, especially at the asking price of Dh475,000. I’d rather put my money on a Cayenne GTS, and if I’m particular about getting myself a BMW SUV, it will be an X5, which makes better sense in every way. But if you’re hell-bent on buying a BMW Sports Activity Coupé, wait until the 575bhp X6 M makes it to our shores.
The X6 can get from 0-100kph in 4.8 seconds. That figure puts many a sport saloon to shame