BMW X6 xDrive50i

    The V-8 engine has always been a good fit for BMW’s larger cars and the X6 is certainly no exception. Splice together the swept roofline of a grand-touring coupe and the brawny physique of a four-door SUV, and—voilà—you have the BMW X6, a vehicular mongrel with purebred pedigree. Although BMW calls this a Sports Activity Coupe, most drivers will likely have their own idea about what the X6 M—the brand’s range-topping variant—is called once they take the wheel and discover that this is really a sport sedan standing on 20-inch tiptoes. The German brand’s flagship X6 gets an M badge, making it a stellar performer equipped with the 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 that delivers stump-pulling torque practically standing still. And all-time, all-wheel drive means that this M is comfortable going just about anywhere an automobile can go. BMW does not overlook interior comforts, and exterior styling treatments with the aggressive M signature complete a very impressive package. Drive it like a sports car, and whatever you do, don’t call it an SUV.

    Pros: Accelerates and handles more like a sports car than a utility vehicle.
    Cons: Looks like an oversize toad.

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