- Powerful V-8 engine
- Great handling for its size
- Harsh ride on X6 M
- Limited cargo space
- Hard to get in and out of rear seats
BMW X6 Expert Review
The BMW X6 started the coupe-like SUV segment when it first appeared as a 2008 model over a decade ago. Now in its third generation, the X6 is even available in high-performance variants with up to 617 hp.
The BMW X6 continues to polarize despite being available for over a decade. Like its predecessor, the 2020 X6 M is a physics-defying machine. The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 and snappy eight-speed automatic provides effortless speed even with its 2.5-ton curb weight. The X6 M's surprising handling, however, comes at the cost of comfort. Outside of Comfort mode, we noted in a 2020 First Drive that the ride becomes too harsh for daily driving. Despite its size, the X6's interior is compromised because its coupe-like roofline. Additionally, the swoopy design impedes entry and exit into the rear seats, further limiting the X6's practicality.
Whether you go I-6 or V-8, the 2020 BMW X6's two engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic. The X6 sDrive40i and X6 xDrive40i are powered by a 3.0-liter turbo I-6 with 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. Opting for the X6 M50i, X6 M or X6 M Competition gets you a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8. In the X6 M50i, it makes 523 hp and 553 lb-ft. Moving up to the X6 M and X6 M Competition sees power output increase to 600 hp and 617 hp respectively while torque stands at 553 lb-ft.
EPA fuel economy ratings are 21/26 mpg city/highway for the X6 sDrive40i or 20/26 mpg for the X6 xDrive40i. The X6 M50i is EPA-rated at 16/22 mpg while both X6 M models check in at 13/18 mpg.
BMW's Active Driving Assistant is a part of every 2020 BMW X6. The package bundles together forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. The Driving Assistance Professional package expands the Active Driving Assistant suite with lane keeping assist, side collision prevention, automatic lane change, evasion assist, adaptive cruise control, steering assist, and lane centering.
With all seats up, the 2020 BMW X6 has 27.4 cubic feet of cargo space (you'll find 33.9 cubic feet in the X5). Lowering the standard 40/20/40 split-folding rear seatbacks increases capacity to 59.6 cubic feet. The X6's headroom checks in at 39.3 inches up front and 37.5 inches in the rear. Versus its more practical sibling, the X5, that's 1.5- and 1.2 inches less for the front and rear respectively. When equipped with the available trailer hitch, the 2020 BMW X6 can tow up to 7,200 pounds.
BMW's latest iDrive interface comes standard on the 2020 BMW X6. It features a 12.3-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, Apple CarPlay compatibility, built-in navigation, and the ability to receive over-the-air updates. Beyond the standard 10-speaker audio system, you can upgrade to one of two surround sound units: a 16-speaker Harman Kardon system or a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins system. A rear seat entertainment system is available but requires the Convenience package.
2020 BMW X6 sDrive40i/2020 BMW X6 xDrive40i
The base X6 sDrive40i and X6 xDrive40i get LED headlights and fog lights, front and rear parking sensors, 16-way power front seats, a panoramic sunroof, a power tailgate, keyless entry/start, interior ambient lighting, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and 20-inch alloy wheels.
2020 BMW X6 M50i
Moving up to the X6 M50i adds V-8 power, an M Sport exhaust system, an M Sport differential, adaptive suspension, M Sport brakes, four-zone climate control, and a wireless charging pad.
2020 BMW X6 M
The bonkers X6 M can be distinguished with its massive lower air intakes in the front fascia. It builds on the X6 M50i with an M-tuned xDrive AWD system, an M-model specific driver mode selector, an M-tuned electric power steering system, an upgraded adaptive suspension, adaptive dampers, 21-inch alloy wheels, quad exhaust tips, a rear spoiler, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system, a head-up display, M Sport front seats, and adaptive LED headlights.
2020 BMW X6 M Competition
If the standard X6 M isn't enough, the X6 M Competition builds on that with more than just an extra 17 hp. The Competition model adds an M Sport exhaust system, and a staggered wheel layout with 21-inch units up front and 22-inch ones in the rear.
Available options include gesture control, automatic parking assist, a 360-degree camera system, ventilated and massaging multi-contour front seats, heated and cooled cup holders, a two-axle air suspension, night vision, an illuminated grille, heated armrests and steering wheel, glass controls, a leather dashboard, and a head-up display.
The M Sport package, which is available on the X6 sDrive40i and X6 xDrive40i, adds upgrades like a unique body kit, an M Sport steering wheel, adaptive M suspension, and the M Sport exhaust system.