2009 BMW X6 xDrive50i

At this point it may sound like a broken record, but after driving the X6, I'm convinced BMW could build a locomotive capable of a legitimate Nürburgring lap time. Just backing out of the parking space, it's clear that the X6 isn't your typical spongy crossover, as the steering effort is well above that of even a 335i. I imagine many buyers might find the weighty wheel a bit cumbersome in regular use (they should probably opt for the Active Steering), but once you hit a few smooth curves, you instantly realize its value.

But value, is a difficult word to use with the X6. The $67,000 base price is certainly attention-grabbing, though it is reasonable given this vehicle's capabilities. The $13,000 in options on our tester is absurd. The $2200 Premium Package, $3200 Sport Package, and $2000 Premium Sound Package are as honest as Nigerian inheritance email scams when you look at what you're actually getting.

The craziest thing about the X6 is that BMW actually found a way to eke out even more performance from this huge lump. As it is, the X6 surprises and delights in so many different aspects, far exceeding my expectations of what a crossover could ever be capable of. As much of an abomination as the X6 concept may be to the pure, lithe sport sedan, it is certainly still a BMW.

Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor

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