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7.5

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Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.7
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 6.6
Safety:
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2019 BMW X6 Review

The 2019 BMW X6 finishes in the bottom half of our luxury midsize SUV rankings. While it's a good SUV that delivers great performance, it's not as well-rounded as many of its classmates.

Pros & Cons

  • Potent engines
  • Nimble handling
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Rear seats are a bit cramped
  • Subpar cargo space

New for 2019

  • Standard features like Apple CarPlay, blind spot monitoring, and more

Is the BMW X6 a Good SUV?

Yes, the BMW X6 is a good 2-row SUV. The X6 boasts a handsome interior with five seats and a generous array of standard features. It’s a blast to drive, thanks to its agile handling and punchy turbocharged engine options. Better still, it delivers this performance without sacrificing ride quality for everyday driving.

The only catch is that the coupelike X6 isn’t very practical for an SUV. It has less seating space and cargo room than most competitors in the luxury midsize SUV class.

Should I Buy the BMW X6?

You should consider other luxury SUVs before settling on the X6. Rivals like the Audi Q7 and Land Rover Range Rover Velar have roomier cabins and lower starting prices, yet they still provide an enjoyable driving experience. BMW’s own X5 is also worth a look. The BMW X5 is similarly fun to drive, but it offers more seating and cargo space. It also has a lower starting price.

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Should I Buy a New or Used BMW X6?

The 2019 X6 belongs to a generation that began with the 2015 model year. The 2019 model gets several new standard features, including Apple CarPlay, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and more. Other than some new features, though, the X6 hasn't changed much in the past few years.

You can potentially save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used X6 instead of a new one. Just be aware that older models may not have as many features. If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overviews of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 BMW X6. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current X6 generation, which runs from 2015 to 2019.

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How Much Does the BMW X6 Cost?

The BMW X6 has a starting price of $63,550. The price rises to $78,300 when equipped with its V8 engine, and again to $105,700 in the high-performance X6 M trim. At both ends of the spectrum, the X6 is more expensive than most SUVs in its class, often by a wide margin.

If you like the X6’s sleek coupelike styling, you may also want to consider the smaller and less-expensive BMW X4. Pricing for the X4 starts at around $50,500, and this smaller BMW mirrors the X6’s physique and agile driving dynamics.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local BMW dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our BMW deals page.

BMW X6 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: BMW X6 or Porsche Cayenne?

The Porsche Cayenne finishes near the top of our luxury midsize SUV rankings. The Cayenne offers authoritative engine options, indulgent cabin materials, and exceptionally well-balanced handling. Its rear seats are quite accommodating as well. Like the X6, though, the Cayenne’s price tag can rise quickly. We suspect most shoppers will prefer the more-practical Cayenne, but test drive both models to see which one you prefer.

Which Is Better: BMW X6 or Audi Q8?

The Audi Q8 is an all-new model, and it’s aimed squarely at the X6. The coupelike Q8 has a lovely interior with cutting-edge tech features. It rides comfortably over rough roads yet still feels agile around sharp turns. It also has a roomier backseat and a bit more cargo space than the X6. On the other hand, the Q8’s engine performance isn’t as inspiring as the BMW’s, and its starting price is higher by nearly $4,000. If it’s practicality you want, go with the Q8. Stick with the X6 if engine performance is a top priority.

Which Is Better: BMW X6 or Mercedes-Benz GLE?

The Mercedes-Benz GLE offers one of the most elegant interiors in the class. It is extremely well-built, offers lots of tech features, and boasts a high-end interior. It's available in two four-door body styles, and it offers some high-performance AMG models. The X6 is more fun to drive, but if you want a luxurious SUV that’s also practical, pick the Mercedes.

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X6 Interior

How Many People Does the X6 Seat?

The BMW X6 seats five people in two rows. The front seats are comfortable and have plenty of room. They also allow plenty of forward visibility for drivers. The rear seats are comfortable as well, though they provide limited passenger space – especially headroom – for adults.

X6 and Car Seats

This BMW features two complete sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

X6 Interior Quality

This SUV features a stylish interior that incorporates plenty of premium materials, giving it an upscale look and feel. However, it's not as spacious as some rivals' cabins.

X6 Cargo Space

Most of the X6's classmates have more cargo space, but this midsize SUV still gives you a usable amount of room. The X6 provides nearly 27 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats – enough space for beach gear or a weekend's worth of luggage. Fold the rear seats down, and you get nearly 60 cubic feet of space.

X6 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include a moonroof and the iDrive infotainment system, which includes a 10.2.-inch touch screen, navigation, a nine-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and Apple CarPlay. Available features include wireless device charging and an upgraded infotainment system with a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, and one of two premium audio systems.

The iDrive infotainment system is user-friendly, but it takes a bit of practice to master the interface. The touch screen has crisp graphics and responds well to inputs. Though the X6 comes with Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity, it doesn't offer Android Auto.

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X6 Performance

X6 Engine: A Solid Lineup of Choices

The X6 comes with a 300-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder base engine. Two V8s – that put out 445 and 567 horsepower – are available. All three engines have enough power to move the X6 with ease, but the V8s deliver much more dynamic acceleration than the six-cylinder. A smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission comes with each engine.

X6 Gas Mileage: About Average

This BMW earns 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway with its base engine. These numbers are in line with V6-powered rivals like the Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GLE. As you might guess, the X6's V8 engines are a few mpg less efficient.

X6 Ride and Handling: A Dynamic Performer

This is one of the more fun-to-drive SUVs in the class. It handles well whether you're cutting up canyon roads or cruising crowded city streets, and it maintains a smooth, composed ride.

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X6 Reliability

Is the BMW X6 Reliable?

The 2019 X6 has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

BMW X6 Warranty

BMW covers the X6 with a four-year/50,000-mile new car limited warranty.

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X6 Safety

X6 Crash Test Results

The 2019 X6 has not yet been put through crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

X6 Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. Some of these features are part of BMW's Active Driving Assistant.

Available features include a surround-view camera, a head-up display, parallel and perpendicular park assist, automatic high beams, and night vision assist.

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Which BMW X6 Model Is Right for Me?

You have three trim options when choosing an X6, but aside from their powertrains, the trims are similar. Since even the base trim gets ample juice from its 300-horsepower inline-six-cylinder engine, there's no need to pony up for the higher trims unless you want extra power. You can use the money you save to splurge on extra features.

BMW X6 sDrive35i and X6 xDrive35i

The entry-level X6 trim comes in two versions: the rear-wheel-drive X6 sDrive35i ($63,550) and the all-wheel-drive X6 xDrive35i ($65,850). Both feature a 300-horsepower turbocharged inline-six engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features in the X6 include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and the iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-inch touch screen, a touchpad controller, navigation, a nine-speaker hi-fi audio system, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and Apple CarPlay.

Standard driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. Some of these features are part of BMW's Active Driving Assistant.

BMW X6 xDrive50i

The X6 xDrive50i starts at $78,300 and comes with a 445-horsepower twin-turbo V8 and all-wheel drive. Other standard features include 20-way power-adjustable front seats, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, satellite radio, and four-zone automatic climate control.

BMW X6 M

The range-topping X6 M carries a starting price of $105,700. It comes with a 567-horsepower twin-turbo V8 engine and performance upgrades like sport-tuned all-wheel drive, suspension, and brake systems. Standard features include 18-way power-adjustable front seats, upgraded leather upholstery, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system, a hands-free power tailgate, and M-specific interior and exterior styling elements.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local BMW dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our BMW deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 BMX X6 is a stylish, fun-to-drive SUV, but it isn't as good for moving people and cargo as many other luxury midsize SUVs. This is a good vehicle, but in a segment jam-packed with high-quality SUVs, the X6's few flaws are enough to kick it into the bottom half of our class rankings.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • The 2019 BMW X6 is the more vivacious but less practical version of the X5. The X5, a midsize-luxury SUV, excels at hauling people and gear. The X6, with its coupe-like styling and sloped roof, has a sportier nature. While blending a high-riding premium-crossover SUV with a sports coupe may seem a bit odd at first, the X6 has met with some success as it competes with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Undoubtedly, there's a small but willing group of buyers who want a luxury sedan but with a higher seating position and ground clearance. The X6's sporty look has been part of the appeal as well, and it's backed up by two powerful turbocharged engine options. If you know you won't be transporting five passengers or hauling an armoire, the X6 could be a fun choice for a SUV. But expect to pay a price for its exclusive looks and capability. It's more expensive than its similarly equipped but more conventional sibling, the X5 SUV. And for that 'savings' with the X5, you get more interior volume, towing capability and better visibility." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "It's based on the same 5 Series-derived platform as the X5, but its design hinders rear headroom and cargo space – and the base price is higher than the X5's. Despite all that, the X6 has proved sufficiently popular to enter into a second generation that debuted for the 2015 model year. What makes the X6 special is that the design is undeniably distinct (and actually quite imposing), the cabin is appropriately upscale, the driving position is high, the engines are strong, and its on-road manners are typically BMW-wonderful. There's always a place in the automotive world for quality, and the X6 has it by the ton." -- Autotrader (2016)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: September 19, 2019

Sluggish Sales: The BMW X6 is one of the slowest-selling models in the luxury midsize SUV class this year. The X6 is being outsold by its sibling, the BMW X5, by a rate of over 10 to 1. In addition, sales of the X6 have decreased 29 percent in 2019 compared to the same span last year.

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