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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

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