BMW X6: Big & Ugly

I love cars, and am fascinated by car design, and there’s some cars that just drive me crazy.  One example is the fat, bloated and downright ugly BMW X6.  Its a four-wheel drive offshoot of the 5-Series Gran Turismo  itself a big, ugly vehicle.  They both ask the question that wasn’t asked:  what if we put a hatchback on a big BMW sedan?  And what if we made a version that’s an all-wheel drive crossover?

BMW X6
BMW X6 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I don’t understand why BMW thought this was a good idea.  If you want a crossover/SUV BMW there’s the X5 – which over the years has got better-looking.  The X5 looks in proportion; if you’ve ever seen an X6 up close, its big and imposing – not that there’s anything wrong with that, but its design just doesn’t work.  Rather, its the auto-equivalent of that over-sized guy in the aisle seat across from you – you might not be right next to him, but he’s still taking up too much space.Both the X6 and 5-series GT have the traditional BMW styling cues: twin kidney grill, the Hoffmeister kink in the C-pillar and the upper and lower creases along the sides.  Even with those, it still looks like what it is:  a heavy, slab-sided crossover.

I’m not some elitist BMW-hater, though the last few years, most BMWs haven’t been nearly as good looking as most Audis (compare an A8 to the 7-series, for example).   Still, BMWs great reputation of a driver’s car still holds sway and is no doubt still well-deserved; the hulking X6/5-series GT cars might very well be great to drive.  My guess is that with these two, that’s not going to matter.  Its about the name, regardless of the looks.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s