2020 BMW X6 Prices, Reviews, and Pictures

Overview

The squareback BMW X5 may not be flashy enough for your taste, but the coupe-like X6 will. The X6’s sleek, sporty design and elegant ducktail rear end give it a more modern look than the X6. Although it lacks rear-seat space and cargo space, the interior is still spacious and comfortable. The turbocharged powertrains, which range from powerful to explosive, are both refined. BMW provides each vehicle with quiet riding and various performance upgrades. This high-riding fastback crossover is an excellent example of a crossover. However, its unique aesthetic and high-end pedigree make it stand out from its peers.

What’s new for 2020?

The 2020 X6 model is brand new and marks the third generation of this model. BMW has also increased the overall length and wheelbase of its X6 to make it shorter and more spacious than its predecessor. The new X6 has a more chiseled exterior and an illuminated grille. The interior styling is almost identical to the company’s most recent models. Along with other luxuries, a pair of 12.3-inch screens is standard. The 2020 X6 features an updated turbocharged six cylinder and twin-turbo V-8 powertrains.

We would stick with the standard, six-cylinder 40i model but add all-wheel drive for $2300. We don’t think it’s worth spending almost $20,000 more on the 523-hp, X6 M50i. However, it makes for a louder and faster acceleration. The M Sport package includes an upgraded exterior trim and body kit, as well as an upgraded exhaust system, retuned suspension and a new steering wheel. We would also be willing to pay more for the M Sport package, which includes a choice of 21-inch wheels with performance-run-flat tires and no-cost black or white paint colors. Although we don’t believe it is necessary to upgrade to the richer Merino interior options, we would consider the Premium package. This package includes a head-up display and remote engine start. It also offers wireless charging. The Luxury Seating package adds ventilated front chairs with additional power adjustments and massage functions. It is a solid value. Other individual upgrades include adaptive headlights; acoustic glasses; leather dashboard; Harman/Kardon stereo system; heated armrests and steering wheels; and the two-axle suspension.

Transmission, Engine, and Performance

The X6 40i’s turbocharged 335-hp 3.0-liter inline-6 engine is paired with an eight-speed auto transmission and rear- or all-wheel drive. The M50i comes with the same transmission as the standard all-wheel drive but has a twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8. It is much more powerful. The M50i’s 523 horsepower, 553 lb-ft torque and 0-60 mph acceleration time of 3.8 seconds on our track was impressive. Even more surprising is the upcoming X6 M which we review separately. It will have 617 horsepower and be even faster. The standard six-cylinder engine is still very fast and smooth. The X6 40i, M50i have standard adaptive dampers. They also come with a range of 20- to 22-inch wheels. Although we haven’t tested the V-8-powered X6 yet, its cornering grip was impressive and stopping power at 70 mph were impressive. Its suspension is more rigid than that on the regular X6, but it wasn’t harsh. The adjustable steering weight and quiet interior were a big plus at cruising speeds. The all-wheel-drive 40i model comes with an optional air suspension and trail-ready mode. This will provide a more comfortable ride and better off-road capabilities.

Fuel Economy and Real World MPG

According to the EPA, the rear-drive X640i can achieve up to 21 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. The all-wheel-drive model is expected to achieve 20 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway. The M50i twin-turbo V-8 engine X6 M50i, which is more powerful, is rated at 16 and 22 mpg respectively. The six-cylinder X6 with all wheel drive earned 29 mpg highway on our 200-mile route. However, the M50i was only 2 mpg below the government’s expectations.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo

The X6’s interior is, unsurprisingly, similar to other new BMW products. Two large digital 12.3-inch displays dominate the dashboard, which is why the interior features soft-touch surfaces and upscale materials. The instrument panel is beautiful, but the gauges can be confusing. The optional head-up display makes things easier. The rest of the switchgear are also well-designed. The gesture controls from BMW allow you to control certain functions such as the audio volume by simply waving your hand in front. However, they are not necessary. There are many standard amenities, such as 16-way power-adjustable rear seats, customizable ambient lighting and heated front cushions. Passive entry is also available. The back seat can be used by two adults. However, the legroom and headroom are smaller than the X5’s. The cargo space behind the rear seats of the X6 is also smaller than that of the X5. It only carried nine suitcases back to the X6 in our testing; the X5 had 11.

Connectivity and Infotainment

Apple CarPlay is available on the 12.3-inch touchscreen system, but not Android Auto. You can use voice commands, traditional buttons, rotary controllers on the center console and hand gestures to operate it. Although the iDrive interface is easy to use and has clear graphics, some menus can be confusing. BMW offers upgrades like built-in navigation and enhanced USB ports, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, wireless charging, Wi-Fi hotspot, and Sirius XM satellite broadcast. The X6 is available with a Harman/Kardon stereo system and a Bowers & Wilkins unit.

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