Vehicles That Go the EXtra Mile: A Look at BMW’s X Models
BMW’s X models are the company’s SUVs, or what they like to call Sport Activity Vehicles. Like their sedans and coupes, the X SAVs come with numbers from 1 to 6, and which one is right for you depends on what you want.
The X1 is the least expensive SAV of the bunch and fits in the subcompact SUV class. The price makes it affordable to car buyers who normally avoid luxury vehicles, but even the base trim gets a potent twin-turbo engine that offers 228 horsepower. Despite the small size, the X1 can fit 58.7 cubic feet behind the front seats once you fold the 40/20/40 split rear seat, and the available all-wheel drive system is surprisingly light and efficient.
The X models skip 2 and go on to the X3, a vehicle at the small end of the compact SUV class. The price goes up compared to the X1, but in exchange the cargo space goes up to 63.3 cubic feet and the best available engine is a twin-turbo V6 that delivers up to 300 horsepower. Even the four-cylinder engine can manage 240 ponies. You can also find smart features on the X3 like the Surround View top-down camera mode and Active Cruise Control with Stop and Go.
The X4 comes with another jump in price and power, but it still counts as a compact SUV and has less interior space for cargo than the X3. The base engine is the same as the X3, but the V6 option can reach 355 horsepower. The size difference is because the X4 is a Sport Activity Coupe, and so it offers a stronger performance than the X3. Among other features, every X4 comes standard with an eight-speed sport automatic transmission as well as paddle shifters that let you take manual control over your shifting.
The X5 is the largest SAV BMW makes and can hold three rows of seats or carry up to 76.7 cubic feet of cargo. As a top-level model, the X5 has more than just space: you can also get luxuries like 20-way adjustable seats and a turbo V8 that puts out up to 445 horsepower.
The X6 is BMW’s second Sport Activity Coupe, and so while it has less space to spare than the X5 it also has a sportier design. The X6 comes with the same list of luxuries and the same available turbo V8, but the sporty design is more than just for show: features like the Air Curtain and Air Breather offer a touch of style even as they improve the X6’s aerodynamics.
The five X models offer a range of sizes and prices, but you’re always sure to get the excellent quality, materials, and engineering of a BMW vehicle. On top of that, both the X5 and X6 have M models, which means BMW offers some of the most powerful SUVs on the road today. And if you aren’t sure which model is best for you, don’t forget you can always take them on a test drive.