2012 BMW
X6 M
vs. 2012 Volkswagen
Passat V6 SE

2012 BMW X6 M

9.8

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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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
2012 Volkswagen Passat V6 SE

9.4

starting from

$29,765

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Passat V6 SE

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Very inexpensive
$29,765
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Average highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Average city fuel efficiency
20 mpg
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Good range on the highway
518 miles
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.5
2012 BMW X6 M Winner: X6 M
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  • The X6 M has 10 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 16 vs 6
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the X6 M; but it's not available at all on the Passat V6 SE
Cost 8.8 vs 10.0
2012 Volkswagen Passat V6 SE Winner: Passat V6 SE
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  • The best price we've seen is $60,610 cheaper (3x less), $29,765 vs $90,375
  • Gets around 70% more miles per gallon in the city, 20 mpg vs 12 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.9
2012 BMW X6 M Winner: X6 M
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  • Leather comes standard on the X6 M; the Passat V6 SE only offers cloth seats
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.2
2012 BMW X6 M Winner: X6 M
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  • You won't find this in the Passat V6 SE, but the X6 M's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
  • Room for around 4x more stuff, 59.7 ft3 vs 15.9 ft3
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both come standard with paddle shifters
  • Both cars are sporty, but the X6 M in particular is a responsive car
  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.4

Entertainment System

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X6 M
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Number of speakers 16 vs 6 The X6 M has an extraordinary amount of speakers, and the Passat V6 SE is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Standard Both come standard with satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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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 Passat V6 SE

Cost

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X6 M
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MSRP $90,375 vs $29,765 The Passat V6 SE has a reasonable price, while the X6 M is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 12 mpg vs 20 mpg The Passat V6 SE has OK city mileage, while the X6 M is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The X6 M's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Passat V6 SE's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The X6 M's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Passat V6 SE's is very short

Luxury Features

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X6 M
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the X6 M; the Passat V6 SE only offers cloth seats

Practicality

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X6 M
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Passengers 4 vs 5 The Passat V6 SE has the usual number of seats, while the X6 M has very few
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Highway driving range 383 miles vs 518 miles The Passat V6 SE has great highway range, but the X6 M is very limited
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Cargo space 59.7 ft3 vs 15.9 ft3 The X6 M has OK cargo room, while the Passat V6 SE has very little
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front seats 53.6 ft3 vs 53.5 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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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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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Standard vs Not Available You won't find this in the Passat V6 SE, but the X6 M's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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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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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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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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Horsepower 555 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 280 HP @ 6,200 RPM The X6 M is very powerful, while the Passat V6 SE is only of average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of 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 Standard Both come standard with paddle shifters
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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 12.3 lb/hp Both cars are sporty, but the X6 M in particular is a responsive car
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The X6 M has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 42.0 ft vs 36.4 ft The Passat V6 SE can make tight turns, and the X6 M is comparable to most other vehicles

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

Road Tests

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X6 M
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0-60 mph 4.3 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 106 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 12.8 s @ 110 mph vs Unknown
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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 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI Passat TDI SEL Premium vs Golf TDI
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