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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
  • Terrific predicted reliability rating
  • Subpar cargo space
  • Rear seats a bit cramped

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. It's powerful and agile, making it one of the most fun-to-drive SUVs in the class. It delivers this performance without sacrificing ride quality, and it gets OK fuel economy. It has a great-looking cabin and offers a lot of tech features. This BMW also boasts one of the highest predicted reliability ratings of any SUV on the road. 

So why the low ranking? Well, many other luxury midsize SUVs are better people- and cargo movers, and some outstrip the X6 in terms of interior luxury while still delivering plenty of performance. In other words, outside of driving enjoyment, there aren't many areas where this BMW leads the class.

Should I Buy the BMW X6?

While this SUV is attractive and fun, it's not a great buying choice for most shoppers. Anything you like about the X6 you can find in higher-ranked rivals, and when you factor in this BMW's above-average price tag, it's clear that you're not getting much bang for your buck. Instead, consider SUVs like the Mercedes-Benz GLE, Audi Q7, and Porsche Cayenne.

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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 X6 sports a base price of $63,550. The highest trim in the lineup, the X6 M, starts at $105,700. At both ends of the trim spectrum, the X6 is more expensive than most SUVs in the class, often by a considerable margin.

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 because it is excellent inside and out. This Porsche offers authoritative engines, indulgent interior upgrades like Alcantara upholstery, and an adjustable air suspension system. This is one of the pricier SUVs in the segment, however, and adding upgrades quickly increases the already steep price. Still, it may be worth the money, especially considering how far ahead of the X6 it is in our rankings.

Which Is Better: BMW X6 or Audi Q7?

The Audi Q7 delivers an exciting blend of luxury and performance. While it's no Cayenne, the Q7 has energetic engines, delivers composed handling, and gets decent gas mileage. It also has three rows of seats and more cargo space than the X6. Inside, you get arguably the poshest interior in the class, with extremely comfortable seats and lots of technology. To top things off, the Q7 costs less than the X6. This is no contest. Choose the Audi.

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 uses premium materials everywhere. It's available as a four-door coupe or a traditional SUV, 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)
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