2012 BMW
X6 M
vs. 2012 Kia
Sorento LX

2012 BMW X6 M

8.6

Winner

BMW X6 M

starting from

$90,375

Reasons to buy the BMW X6 M

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Quite powerful
555 HP @ 6,000 RPM
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Lightning fast 0-60 time
4.3 seconds
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Very sporty performance
9.6 lb/hp
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Great braking distance from 60mph
106 ft
2012 Kia Sorento LX

7.8

Runner-up

Kia Sorento LX

starting from

$26,150
"Drives well."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sorento's transmission
"Elegantly simple dashboard layout."
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Reasons to buy the Kia Sorento LX

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Very inexpensive
$26,150
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Good highway fuel efficiency
27 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
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Average cargo space
72.5 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2012 BMW X6 M Winner: X6 M
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the X6 M; not available on the Sorento LX
  • Enjoy additional natural light with the X6 M's standard sun roof
  • Leather comes standard on the X6 M; the Sorento LX only offers cloth seats
Cost 7.0 vs 10.0
2012 Kia Sorento LX Winner: Sorento LX
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  • The best price we've seen is $64,225 cheaper (3.5x less), $26,150 vs $90,375
  • Gets around 80% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 12 mpg
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 5 year vs 4 year
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
  • More gears
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 8.6 vs 7.8

Luxury Features

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X6 M
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the X6 M's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the X6 M's power seats; not available on the Sorento LX
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keyless entry Standard vs Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the X6 M; not available on the Sorento LX
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the X6 M; the Sorento LX only offers cloth seats

Cost

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X6 M
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Sorento LX
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MSRP $90,375 vs $26,150 The Sorento LX has a great price, but the X6 M is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 12 mpg vs 21 mpg The Sorento LX has great city mileage, but the X6 M is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 60,000 mile Both have long-lasting basic warranties, but Sorento LX in particular is extraordinary
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 5 year Both have long-lasting basic warranties, but Sorento LX in particular is extraordinary

Crash Test Ratings

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X6 M
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

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X6 M
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Sorento LX
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Passengers 4 vs 7 The Sorento LX has lots of passenger seats, but the X6 M has very few
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Cargo space 59.7 ft3 vs 72.5 ft3 The Sorento LX has OK cargo room, while the X6 M has very little
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front seats 53.6 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 The Sorento LX has average-sized front seats, while the X6 M is very cramped
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Base payload capacity Unknown vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Standard vs Not Available You won't find this in the Sorento LX, but the X6 M's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 4 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

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X6 M
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The Sorento LX has a good number of airbags, but the X6 M is just OK (missing Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system BMW Assist vs None

Performance

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X6 M
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Sorento LX
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Horsepower 555 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 191 HP @ 6,000 RPM The X6 M is very powerful, but the Sorento LX is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
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paddle shifters Standard vs Unknown
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Air compressor Twin turbocharger vs None The X6 M's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 9.6 lb/hp vs 20.6 lb/hp The X6 M is a very sporty car, while the Sorento LX is quite sluggish
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 42.0 ft vs 35.7 ft The Sorento LX is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the X6 M is quite bad

Entertainment System

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X6 M
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Number of speakers 16 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the X6 M's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the X6 M; but it's not available at all on the Sorento LX

Road Tests

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X6 M
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0-60 mph 4.3 seconds vs 10.3 seconds The X6 M has lightning fast acceleration but the Sorento LX's is more like a ride-on mower
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Braking distance at 60mph 106 ft vs 140 ft The X6 M has extraordinary brakes, but the Sorento LX is just OK
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1/4 mile 12.8 s @ 110 mph vs 17.7 s @ 79 mph The X6 M's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, but the Sorento LX's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.92 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 155 mph vs Unknown

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2012 Kia Sorento LX 2012 BMW X6 xDrive35i Sorento LX vs X6 xDrive35i
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2012 BMW X6 xDrive50i Sorento LX vs X6 xDrive50i

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