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2020 BMW X6 Review

The 2020 BMW X6 offers brutish engine power and an upscale, comfortable cabin with loads of technology. However, its features can be tricky, and it has below-average cargo space. We don’t give this luxury midsize SUV an overall ranking because it hasn't undergone crash testing.

Pros & Cons

  • Potent lineup of engines
  • High-end cabin
  • Supremely comfortable seats
  • Long list of standard features
  • Small cargo hold for the class
  • Numb steering compared to rivals
  • Learning curve for infotainment system
  • Poor visibility

Research & Ratings

The 2020 BMW X6 is unranked in Luxury Midsize SUVs due to missing safety data. Currently, the BMW X6's overall score is not available, though its Critics' Rating, Performance score, and Interior score are based on our evaluation of 8 pieces of research and data.

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Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 6.5
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury midsize suvs.
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Reliability:
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Is the BMW X6 a Good SUV?

Yes, the BMW X6 is a good luxury midsize SUV. Fresh off a full redesign, it features an opulent and roomy interior with comfortable seats. The X6 is a beast off the line, with a lineup of engines that range in output from 335 to more than 600 horsepower. This SUV also boasts a good predicted reliability rating.

For all the good that the X6 offers, there are some notable drawbacks. The infotainment system has a learning curve, and the X6's cargo space is among the lowest in the class. This BMW also has poor outward visibility, and it offers less steering feedback than rivals.

Should I Buy the BMW X6?

The X6 has one of the highest starting prices in its class, with high-performance versions that will set you back more than $100,000. It's worth considering an X6 if you can look past the cost and you prioritize engine power and interior luxury over top-notch handling and practicality.

You'd do well to cross-shop the X6 against some German rivals, as well as other options from BMW. The well-rounded Mercedes-Benz GLE is a top pick in the class, while the Audi Q8 has lots of futuristic and intuitive technology that make it appealing. The BMW X5 has the same lineup of engines as the X6 and similar features, but it offers much more cargo space.

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Should I Buy a New or Used BMW X6?

Buy a new BMW X6 if you like the appeal of more horsepower, a bigger infotainment screen, or a roomier second row. That said, older models likely cost thousands of dollars less, and they offer more engaging, carlike handling.

BMW fully redesigned the X6 for the 2020 model year, so older models are fairly different from a new X6. In addition to a revamped exterior appearance, there are changes to the interior styling, engine lineup, and tech offerings.

The X6 was last redesigned for 2015. Wireless device charging and a Wi-Fi hot spot became available for 2017, and a rearview camera became standard for 2018. The 2019 X6 gained several standard features, including Apple CarPlay, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and more.

This previous generation of the X6 came standard with a 300-horsepower engine, with available 445- and 567-horsepower V8s. The engine in the base 2020 X6 generates 335 horsepower, and its midrange V8 puts out 523 horsepower. Also, there are two X6 M variants for 2020, one with 600 horsepower and the all-new X6 M Competition with 617 horses. Although BMW improved the X6's engine power with the redesign, the previous generation earned more praise for handling agility.

Additionally, while the outgoing X6 has a 10.2-inch infotainment screen and limited rear-seat headroom, the new model features a standard 12.3-inch display and more second-row passenger space.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 X6, 2018 X6, and 2019 X6 reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 8 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed eight BMW X6 reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2020 X6 is the right new car for you.

This 2020 X6 review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2020.

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How Much Does the BMW X6 Cost?

The 2020 BMW X6 sDrive40i starts at $64,300, which is one of the highest base prices among luxury midsize SUVs. A midrange X6 M50i trim retails for $85,650. The high-performance X6 M starts at $108,600, and the X6 M Competition costs $117,600.

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BMW X6 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: BMW X6 or BMW X5?

The BMW X5 was fully redesigned for 2019, beating the X6 to the punch by a year. Both of these luxury midsize SUVs have the same engine options and trim designations, including the X5 M50i and X5 M variations. You'll also find nearly identical lists of standard and available features.

The X5 has a lower base price than the X6 by several thousand dollars, and it offers one of the largest cargo holds in the class. You can also equip the X5 with a third row of seats, though these seats are pretty cramped. No matter what you're looking for, you’re probably better off with the X5 than the X6.

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

Like the X6, the Mercedes-Benz GLE is fully redesigned for 2020. The Benz takes a top spot in our rankings on the strength of its world-class interior quality and incredibly silky ride. It doesn't sacrifice sportiness for comfort, though, as it delivers engaging handling and boasts a lineup of capable engines. The GLE's output currently tops out at 483 horsepower, so its higher trims can't go toe-to-toe with the X6 Ms.

The Mercedes offers a similar list of standard and optional features, and while both of these German cars have some complicated infotainment controls, the GLE's price is around $10,000 lower than that of the X6. Whether you stick with a base GLE or opt for a pricier version with more engine power, your money is better spent on it than an X6.

Which Is Better: BMW X6 or Audi Q8?

The Audi Q8 is in its second year of existence as the brand's range-topping SUV. Like the X6, the Q8 has coupelike styling, and both of these crossovers offer ample passenger space and classy cabins. Audi's infotainment interface is more user-friendly than what you'll find in the X6, despite the Q8 having two screens.

Both SUVs have a base output of 335 horsepower, but the Q8 offers no optional engines for more power. Meanwhile, you can outfit the X6 with a twin-turbocharged V8 that puts out 523-, 600-, or 617-horsepower. The Q8 and X6 have similarly high base prices for the class. Go with the Audi if you like its appealing tech, or buy the BMW for its optional engines with more horsepower.

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X6 Interior

How Many People Does the X6 Seat?

The BMW X6 crossover seats five people. The front seats deliver excellent comfort for long trips, aided by standard 16-way power adjustments. You can also fine-tune side and lumbar positions for excellent support. Heated front seats are standard, and you can upgrade to 20-way power-adjustable multicontour front seats with ventilating and massaging functions.

Visibility is an issue with the X6. Large rear pillars can make it hard to see what's behind you, and the door sills are high. With the X6's small windows, shorter drivers or passengers may feel a little claustrophobic.

There's a good amount of legroom for back-seat passengers to stretch out, and headroom is decent, which is surprising considering it is a common shortcoming of SUVs with coupe styling or a sloped rear roof.

X6 and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the X6’s rear outboard seats.

X6 Interior Quality

The X6 boasts a high-class cabin replete with upscale materials and luxury touches. The design is minimalistic, and nearly every surface is soft to the touch. Trim pieces include wood, aluminum, or carbon fiber inlays. You can also opt for luxury appointments such as a glass shifter and glass control knobs on the center console.

The X6 is one of few BMW models – and the only BMW SUV – to come standard with genuine leather upholstery. That includes the larger and more expensive BMW X7, as well as the X6's classmate, the BMW X5. The dashboard, center console, and many other surfaces are wrapped in imitation leather, but you can upgrade to nicer Merino leather seats as well as pay more to have nearly the entire cabin wrapped in genuine leather.

X6 Cargo Space

The X6 has less cargo space than most other luxury midsize SUVs. There's 27.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats. Folding down the second row opens up a maximum cargo capacity of 59.6 cubic feet, which is still below average for the segment.

The cargo space is deep toward the back of the rear seat, but the load floor is high, which can make it harder to lift in heavy stuff. The sloping rear roof also limits your ability to carry some bulkier items.

X6 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The X6 employs BMW's iDrive infotainment system. You control this setup using a 12.3-inch touch screen, through a large rotary knob on the center console, or with voice commands. An optional upgrade lets you use gesture controls to change things such as volume by waving your hand or fingers in certain motions.

Both displays look sleek and have crisp graphics. They also process commands quickly. However, the menu structure can be convoluted, and there are so many functions that it understandably takes some time to learn. Physical buttons below the screen are a little small, making quick adjustments a challenge.

The 2020 X6 also comes standard with a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster, Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, a 10-speaker stereo, navigation, multiple USB-C ports, a panoramic roof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and proximity keyless entry. Like all BMW vehicles, the X6 is not available with Android Auto. BMW has announced a mid-2020 rollout of that technology.

Notable options include wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, quad-zone automatic climate control, a rear-seat entertainment system, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo, and a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound stereo. You can also opt for a larger panoramic roof with integrated LED lighting, and you can spring for heated and cooled cupholders.

An available drive recorder captures video of your surroundings as you drive, along with speed and GPS location. You can then replay videos through the infotainment system.

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X6 Performance

X6 Engine: A Formidable Roster

The BMW X6 comes standard with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that puts out 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. Despite being the weakest engine in the lineup, this V6 hustles this BMW along, delivering smooth and steady power as you get up to speed. It's paired with a slick eight-speed automatic transmission that effortlessly finds the right gear and makes the most of the engine's power.

The M50i packs a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine good for 523 horsepower. It's even more authoritative than the base mill, helping the SUV rocket away from a stop. This powertrain sounds great too, thanks to an M Sport exhaust.

The X6 M and new-for-2020 X6 M Competition harness a retuned, higher-performance version of the same twin-turbo V8 engine. The X6 M boasts 600 horsepower, while the Competition tops out at 617 horses. All versions of the V8 are rated at 553 pound-feet of torque.

Additional performance goodies include a sport-tuned transmission, paddle shifters, and a performance instrument cluster.

X6 Gas Mileage: Pretty Good, Actually

The 2020 X6 sDrive40i gets above-average fuel economy for a luxury midsize SUV, with an EPA-rated 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive X6 xDrive40i has slightly worse estimates of 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

V8-powered versions of the X6 are noticeably less efficient. The 2020 BMW X6 M50i gets 16/22 mpg city/highway, while the X6M and X6M Competition both return 13/18 mpg. Those latter figures are among the lowest of any production vehicle and certainly close to the bottom of all the vehicles that we rank and review.

X6 Ride and Handling: Not as Sporty as it Looks

This BMW aims to be an athletic crossover, but its steering feels a little numb. There's also not as much feedback from the road as most test drivers would like. The suspension is somewhere between stiff and pliable, giving the X6 a decently comfortable ride. Other luxury SUVs ride over bumps in the road a bit more smoothly.

Around corners, the X6's body motions feel mostly controlled. It can still feel a little unwieldy, and its size is evident when you take fast turns. For better maneuverability, you can equip the X6 with rear-wheel active steering.

X6 Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the BMW X6 can tow up to 7,200 pounds.

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X6 Reliability

Is the BMW X6 Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 BMW X6 a good predicted reliability rating of four out five.

BMW X6 Warranty

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

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X6 Safety

X6 Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 BMW X6. That's not uncommon for luxury or performance vehicles. Since its inception for the 2009 model year, the X6 has yet to undergo crash testing.

X6 Safety Features

The 2020 X6 comes with a decent list of standard active safety and driver assistance equipment. That includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and speed limit recognition. You also get rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive headlights, automatic high-beam headlights, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

Optional technology includes a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera system, automatic parking assistant, stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, night vision detection, lane keep assist, automatic lane change assist, and highway steering assist.

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X6 Dimensions and Weight

The BMW X6 is 16.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,687 to 5,375 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 BMW X6 Built?

BMW builds the 2020 X6 in South Carolina.

Which BMW X6 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 BMW X6 is available in a variety of configurations. The standard X6 sDrive40i is the only model with rear-wheel drive; all other models come standard with all-wheel drive. Models with a 40i designation have a turbocharged six-cylinder engine, and all others have a twin-turbocharged V8. The output of the V8 depends on the trim.

The base model has a long list of standard features and a competent powertrain, even for enthusiastic drivers. Nearly all optional features are available in the base model, so you don't have to worry about buying a higher trim to get exclusive amenities. Step up to the higher trims only if you want more power.

BMW X6 sDrive40i and X6 xDrive40i

The 2020 BMW X6 comes standard with a 335-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The base rear-wheel-drive X6 sDrive50i starts at $64,300, and the all-wheel-drive X6 xDrive40i retails for $66,600.

The standard iDrive infotainment system comes with a 12.3-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, a 10-speaker stereo, navigation, Bluetooth, and two USB ports.

Standard driver assistance features include forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, speed limit recognition, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive headlights, automatic high-beam headlights, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

The base X6 also comes with Vernasca leather upholstery, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, 16-way power-adjustable and heated front seats, a panoramic roof, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, a power liftgate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, power-folding and heated outside mirrors, a leather-wrapped power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and alloy wheels.

The Convenience package costs $1,050 and adds wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, and quad-zone automatic climate control. The Premium package ($2,300) includes the contents of the Convenience package, plus remote start, infotainment gesture controls, and a head-up display. The Executive package ($5,600) includes all of the above, plus a surround-view parking camera system, brighter headlights, a driving video recorder, a larger panoramic roof with LED lighting, power soft-closing doors, rear side-window sunshades, automatic parking assistant, and heated and cooled cupholders.

For $1,700, the Driving Assistance Professional package adds stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic lane change assist, and steering assist. The $1,600 Luxury Seating package upgrades the car with 20-way power-adjustable multicontour front seats with ventilating and massaging functions.

Other options include Merino leather upholstery, night vision detection, a two-axle air suspension, a glass shifter and control knobs, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a leather-wrapped dashboard, an Alcantara headliner, a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound stereo, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

BMW X6 M50i

The X6 M50i comes standard with all-wheel drive and a 523-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Prices start at $85,650, and additional standard features include 20-way power-adjustable multicontour front seats, quad-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an adaptive M suspension, and M Sport exhaust, brakes, and differential.

The X6 M50i has the same list of optional features as the base model, except for the features added as standard equipment in this model. Rear-wheel active steering is optional for $1,150.

BMW X6 M

With a starting price of $108,600, the BMW X6 M features a 600-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 engine and a retuned chassis, suspension, and steering. It also comes with Merino leather upholstery, a sport-tuned transmission, paddle shifters, unique interior trim, a performance instrument cluster, and 18-way power-adjustable performance front seats.

BMW X6 M Competition

The $117,600 X6 M Competition has a 617-horsepower engine, staggered wheels, an M Sport exhaust, and a full Merino leather-wrapped interior.

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The Final Call

The BMW X6 has a lineup of engines that few competitors can match, as well as an appealing combination of aggressive styling and interior opulence. However, the redesigned X6 stumbles out of the gate with some infotainment hiccups and below-average cargo space for the luxury midsize SUV class.

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

  • "The BMW X6 may appeal to buyers who seek a sportier-driving, much more dynamic-looking vehicle than the related X5 midsized luxury SUV." -- Consumer Reports
  • "Frankly, it's difficult to justify SUVs of this ilk. One of the most important reasons for getting an SUV is to transport more passengers and their stuff. These coupe-like SUVs reduce those advantages. But the X6 does boast a sleeker silhouette. It largely comes down to what you want." -- Edmunds
  • "The new look and additional power have worked wonders in transforming the previous generation's X6's ponderous feel. With its sleeker look, more modern cockpit and tremendous power underfoot in M50i guise, the X6 has the sporty appeal that some enthusiasts may find lacking in its X5 sibling." -- Kelley Blue Book

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: October 16, 2020

Weak Sales: The BMW X6 is currently the slowest-selling model in the luxury midsize SUV class right now. The X6 is being outperformed by its sibling, the BMW X5, by more than 7 to 1 currently. While it’s a terrible seller relative to the segment, year over year demand has seen a noteworthy increase; dealerships have moved 40.5 percent more X6 SUVs to date this year compared to the same period in 2019.

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