Changed from a 2006 X5 4.8 to the 2010 X6 Hybrid. It was like night and day. The driving experience is stunning. The car looks great and clings to the road, is fast and is absolutely marvelous on the highway. Cruising between 60 and 90 is a dream. My BMW ownership has always been the best. Great service and sales and the high calibre BMW engineering and workmanship are why I have my 4th BMW.
Took this across the country - refined LOADED interior is stock on the active hybrid so the price is not as bad as it looks if your looking for a loaded BMW - a pleasure to drive every time I get in it.
No matter what I tried, the quickest runs were in "Drive." I tried manual shifting and brake torquing and they were all slower. Upshifts are smooth but very slow. The batteries recharged quickly after each run, so performances remained consistent.
Uncharacteristically soft, long-travel pedal for a BMW, but fade was not an issue at all. Straight, steady stops and zero ABS flutter/buzz.
Slalom: Feels more capable than it truly is, and the non-defeatable stability control (despite a "DSC Off" light after pressing the button) makes runs inconsistent. Smooth input is the key, as any midcourse adjustment results in massive DSC intrusion. Understeer creeps in as limit is approached. Skid pad: With the non-defeatable DSC, runs were virtually identical, with mild understeer kept in check with a closing throttle. Steering gets rather heavy.