2020 BMW X6

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2020 BMW X6 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Shivendra Garg Content writer Updated on: December 8, 2019


The first ever BMW X6 were based on the second generation X5’s platform. Now in the year 2020, the X6 line-up is in their third generation, but still manage to look brand new. For the year 2020 BMW has given the X6 several exterior and interior upgrades to take off from where its predecessor had left.

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Pros

Imposing design

Power-packed performance

Impressive practicality

Choice of a V8 powertrain

Cons

Some styling elements are optional

Relatively expensive than the rivals

Limited rear seating headroom

Limited cargo space due to sloping roofline

What's New?

Tech and engine updates from the X5

Redesigned exterior and all-new for 2020

A new M50i variant with a V8 powertrain


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$64300

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

335 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

330 lbs.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

117.1 in.

length

194.8 in.

width

78.9 in.

height

66.8 in.

curb weight

4687 lbs.

ground clearance

8.1 in.

capacity

cargo volume

59.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

7500 lbs.

payload capacity

937 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/23/26 mpg

ev range

459.9 mi.

highway range

569.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited


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Exterior
 2020 BMW X6 3 Quarter View  2020 BMW X6 3 Quarter View  2020 BMW X6 Right Side View  2020 BMW X6 exterior  2020 BMW X6 Front Seats
Interior
 2020 BMW X6 Cockpit Area  2020 BMW X6 Rear Seats  2020 BMW X6 Front Seats  2020 BMW X6 Cockpit Area  2020 BMW X6 Cockpit Area

Styles

 2020 BMW X6 in Alpine White color  2020 BMW X6 in Arctic Gray Metallic color  2020 BMW X6 in Black Sapphire Metallic color  2020 BMW X6 in Flamenco Red Metallic color
Alpine White

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Ratings

Features

9.9

Engine

7.7

Interior

7.3

Safety

9.0

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 BMW X6 sDrive40i

sDrive40i

power
355hp
fuel
Gasoline
mpg
23 combined

$64,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
sDrive40i 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $64,300 MSRP (26/23/26) 355hp, 3 L, inline 6, Gasoline
8-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 5

 2020 BMW X6 xDrive40i

xDrive40i

power
335hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Gasoline
mpg
23 combined

$66,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
xDrive40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $66,600 MSRP (20/23/26) 335hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, I-6, Gasoline
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual all wheel drive 5

 2020 BMW X6 xDrive50i

xDrive50i

power
523hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Gasoline
mpg
19 combined

$85,650


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
xDrive50i 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $85,650 MSRP (16/19/22) 523hp @ 5500 rpm, 4.4 L, V-8, Gasoline
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.3

Overall Rating


For starters, there’s an xDrive M50i variant of the X6 that gets a first ever twin-turbocharged V8 engine that makes 526 hp and 553 lb.-ft. torque. Secondly, on the inside of all 2020 X6 a new 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system replaces almost all knobs and buttons.

At a starting price of $64,300 the new X6 is only slightly more expensive than the previous model, but it offers a lot more upgrades. This crossover between a sporty coupe and an SUV is in the market to take on the likes of the GLE 400 and the Audi Q7. So let us find out what this new Beamer has to offer.


9.9/10
Features

 

7.7/10
Engine

 
 

7.3/10
Interior

 
 

9.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 BMW X6 Features

9.9/10

The 2020 BMW X6 is available in three different trims. All variants are more or less similar to each other in certain aspects, while they are also set apart by other factors. The various trims of the 2020 BMW X6 are: sDrive40i; xDrive40i; xDrive M50i.

The base variant, sDrive40i is not at all basic. It starts at a price of a shade over $64,000 and is a bit on the expensive side of things. It comes well-equipped with several features. This variant features a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine mated to a rear wheel drivetrain.

Trim

sDrive40i

xDrive40i

xDrive M50i

MSRP RWD

$64,300

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MSRP AWD

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$66,600

$85,650

Key Features

20-inch wheels

Same as base

Same as base

 

Leather upholstery

   
 

12.3-inch touchscreen

   
 

Apple CarPlay

   
 

Heated front seats

   
 

12.3-inch digital instrument cluster

   
 

Parking sensors

   
 

LED headlights

   
 

Bluetooth

   
 

Automatic emergency braking

   
 

Blind-spot monitoring

   

The other xDrive40i version of the X6 is a lot similar to the sDrive40i. The xDrive40i also derives power from the same turbocharged engine and at 335 hp it also makes the same amount of power as the sDrive40i. Separating the xDrive40i from the sDrive40i is its all-wheel drivetrain. Other than that all basic features also remain the same in both variants.

Lastly, at the top of the X6 lineup is the xDrive M50i. This variant gets an all-wheel drivetrain like the xDrive40i. But what separates this variant from the rest of the lineup is its twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 powertrain, a first in the X6 lineup, that makes 526 hp.

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In the entire X6 lineup, the xDrive40i makes the most sense. It is adequately powerful and practical at the same time. Plus with the rear-biased all-wheel drive system it combines the best of BMW’s driving dynamics, and costs only about a $2000 over the base model. However, the beefed up xDrive M50i with its massive twin-turbocharged V8 is the way to go if you could care a little less about practicality.

2020 BMW X6 Engine

7.7/10

The 2020 BMW X6 lets you choose from a couple of drivetrain and two powertrain options. Standard on the BMW X6 is a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that makes 335 hp and 330 lb.-ft. torque. This engine can be paired to both a rear-wheel drive system and an all-wheel drive system.

2020 BMW X6 SUV Engine
2020 BMW X6 SUV 3.0-liter I-6 premium Engine

The base sDrive40i uses the rear wheel drivetrain and is mated to the same 3.0-liter engine as the xDrive40i. However, the latter is powered by an all-wheel drivetrain. Power can be manipulated via an eight-speed automatic transmission in both variants.

Models

BMW X6

Mercedes-Benz GLE 400

Audi Q7

Lexus GX 460

MSRP

$63,550

$55,700

$59,950

$63,905

Engine

3.0-liter I-6 premium

3.0-liter V6

3.0-liter V6 premium

4.6 liter V8 premium

Transmission

8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

9-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

6-speed automatic w/OD

Horsepower

335 hp @ 5,500 rpm

329 hp @ 5,250 rpm

329 hp @ 5,300 rpm

301 hp @ 5,500 rpm

Torque

330 lb.-ft. @ 1,500 rpm

354 lb.-ft. @ 1,600 rpm

325 lb.-ft. @ 2,900 rpm

329 lb.-ft. @ 3,400 rpm

The other engine option can be had with the xDrive M50i variant only. This version derives power from a bigger and more powerful 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that makes 526 hp and 553 lb.-ft. torque. Identical on this variant is the all-wheel drivetrain and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

How fast is the BMW X6?

BMW claims that the 2020 X6 with the rear-wheel drive system can accelerate to 60 mph from a standstill in 5.2 seconds. While the all-wheel drive variant is only slightly slower in making it to that mark at 5.3 seconds.

2020 BMW X6 SUV Acceleration
The 2020 X6 with the rear-wheel drive system can accelerate to 60 mph from a standstill in 5.2 seconds

Model

BMW X6

Mercedes-Benz GLE 400

Audi Q7

Lexus GX 460

0-60 MPH

5.2

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Quarter Mile

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Engine

3.0L

3.0L

3.0L

4.6L

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

7.6

8.8

8.4

11.1

The V8 powered X6 can do 0-60 miles per hour in a mere 4.1 seconds and has a top speed of 130 miles per hour when clad in all-season tyres. Switching to summer tyres increases it to 155 miles per hour.

What about the braking performance of the BMW X6?

Official information regarding the brakes on the 2020 BMW X6 is yet to be made public. So far all that is known is that this Beamer comes loaded with an array of driver assisting tech to aid the driver. Feature like automatic emergency braking is standard. There’s no doubt that the big coupe SUV from BMW will be adorned with brakes to match. 

2020 BMW X6 SUV brakes
2020 BMW X6 SUV Brake

Model

BMW X6

Mercedes-Benz GLE 400

Audi Q7

Lexus GX 460

Brake front

(in.)

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Brake Rear

(in.)

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Curb Weight

(lbs.)

4585

4751

4927

5199

60-0 MPH (ft.)

--

--

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What about its driving dynamics?

The 2020 BMW X6 is based on the X5 and X7. It combines the comfortable and athletic driving demeanor of its siblings. This Beamer allows you to equip it with rear-axle steering. What that does is, virtually shorten the wheelbase so this coupe SUV can take on those tight corners.

Also all X6 models will use adaptive dampers to adjust the stiffness of the suspension according to varying driving scenarios. Some models can also be equipped with air suspension that can raise or lower this X6 by three inches either for more ground clearance or better handling.

2020 BMW X6 SUV Ride and handling
2020 BMW X6 SUV Rear View 

Another noticeable handling feature is the Back-Up Assistant. This feature helps the driver in reversing out of tight spaces by duplicating the way it drove into one. The rear-axle steering system is a part of an optional Dynamic Handling Package, while the adaptive dampers are standard as part of the Dynamic Damper Package. As is the M Sport rear differential.

2020 BMW X6 Fuel Economy

Despite the 2020 X6’s proportions and performance, this Beamer’s MPG ratings are well at par with the rest of the competition. At an estimated combined fuel rating of 20 miles to a gallon, the new X6 looks promising to say the least.

Model

BMW X6

Mercedes-Benz GLE 400

Audi Q7

Lexus GX 460

MPG (city)

18

17

19

15

MPG (highway)

24

23

25

18

MPG (combined)

20

20

21

16

In the all-wheel drive X6s, when there is no need to send power to all the wheels, the xDrive sends all the power to the rear wheels. This feature not only makes up for a more sportier feel but also enhances this Beamer’s fuel economy numbers.

2020 BMW X6 Interior

7.3/10

The 2020 BMW X6 now has a 1.6-inch longer wheelbase, and its width has also increased by about half an inch. As a result this X6 is now more roomy on the inside. In fact, the layout on the inside is a lot like the X5 and X7. So in a way it combines the best of both worlds.

2020 BMW X6 SUV Seats
2020 BMW X6 SUV Rear Seats

The instrument cluster and the center-mounted infotainment system have been replaced by not one but two 12.3-inch touchscreens. The cup holders and glass controls can be heated or cooled, but that feature comes at a cost. Although ambient lighting is now standard.

Model

BMW X6

Mercedes-Benz GLE 400

Audi Q7

Lexus GX 460

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

39.3/60.5/40.3

38.9/58.5/40.3

39.9/59.5/41.7

38.0/55.4/41.7

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.9/57.9/35.6

38.5/58.4/38.4

38.8/58.5/38.8

40.4/57.3/34.1

Even the panoramic sunroof is now 83% bigger. But the new X6 is also less taller by 0.7-inch. So headroom in the second row is slightly compromised. Otherwise the seats are very accommodating and comfortable for all-round driving.

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

The 2020 BMW X6 does away with most knobs and buttons with the help of a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the middle of the dashboard. This infotainment runs the latest version of BMW’s iDrive system. The infotainment features systems like:

2020 BMW X6 SUV Infotainment system
2020 BMW X6 SUV 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • HD radio
  • Bluetooth connection
  • Hard disk drive media storage
  • Premium sound system
  • Satellite radio
  • Smart device integration
  • WiFi hotspot
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • Entertainment system
  • MP3 player

Other cool tech features include:

  • Back-up camera
  • Cross-traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning
  • Automated emergency braking
  • Stability control
  • Traction control

Creature comforts on offer in the BMW X6

The host of features that make this SUV a comfortable driving car include:

  • Navigation system
  • Steering wheel audio control
  • Cruise control
  • Cooled
  • Power liftgate
  • Power mirrors
  • A/C
  • Climate control
  • Keyless entry
  • Multi-zone A/C
  • Power driver/passenger seat
  • Remote trunk release
  • Keyless start

What about utility?

The BMW X6 is big not just in appearance, but it is also big on utility. As a family SUV this beamer strives to be as practical as possible. At 27.6 cubic feet, the X6 boasts a fairly big boot. It is relatively bigger than most other competitors in this segment.

Model

BMW X6

Mercedes-Benz GLE 400

Audi Q7

Lexus GX 460

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

27.6

38.2

14.8

11.6

2020 BMW X6 Exterior

The new BMW X6 is all about appearances. Be it on the inside or on the outside, this Beamer is one hell of a looker. Speaking of things on the outside, one can easily see BMW’s obsession with bigger grilles. The large kidney-styled grille on the X6 are just too in your face. Also there’s the option to get those grilles illuminated if the stock grille just doesn’t seem too appealing.

2020 BMW X6 SUV Exterior
2020 BMW X6 SUV Front View

The headlights are more angular, complete with LED light in the shape of a partial hexagon. The air intakes have been placed directly beneath the headlights. The new hood features deeper creases and the appears more chiseled from the sides.

Model

BMW X6

Mercedes-Benz GLE 400

Audi Q7

Lexus GX 460

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4585

4751

4927

5199

Length (in.)

193.8

189.1

199.6

192.1

Width (in.)

78.3

78.9

77.5

74.2

Height (in.)

67.0

70.7

68.5

73.8

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.3

7.1

9.4

8.1

Wheelbase (in.)

115.5

114.8

117.9

109.8

Track Width (in.) F/R

64.7/67.2

65.6/66.4

66.1/66.6

62.4/62.4

At the side, the roofline gradually descends to meet a small window towards the back. The sharper creases at the bottom of the doors do a great job of hiding this Beamer’s actual heftiness. The side profile is complete with tall and thick 20-inch wheels that come in as standard.

The rear-end of the new X6 features tail lights with L-shaped LED a lot similar to the ones on the 8-Series. The big, dark diffuser and the relocated license plate also come together to make the X6’s rather stubby and tall butt look a lot more sleek. The quad exhaust tips at the back make this Beamer look a lot more appealing than ever before.

What are those eye catching features?

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Bigger kidney-grille
  • Front air vents
  • Coupe like design
  • Quad-tip exhausts
  • Bottom liftgate

2020 BMW X6 Safety

9.0/10

Engineers at BMW have left no stone unturned to make the new X6 as safe as possible for the driver and the passengers inside this SUV. The list of safety equipment features:

  • Back-up camera
  • Rear parking aid
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Lane departure warning
  • ABS
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Brake assist
  • Stability control
  • Traction control
  • Airbags

2020 BMW X6 Competition

BMW X6 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE 400

The rivalry between BMW and Mercedes-Benz has been going on for as long as people can remember. Both companies aim at providing their customers with the best products at fairly affordable prices. Same is the case with the GLE 400 and the X6. Both SUVs are very well-rounded packages and offer great value for money. But the Merc with its cheaper and more practical GLE 400 seems like a better overall SUV.

BMW X6 vs. Lexus GX 460

The Lexus GX 460 is hardly any match for the X6. The X6 outperforms the Lexus in every considerable aspect. The Lexus’s bigger 4.6-liter base engine is no match to X6’s base 3.0-liter engine. Then the Beamer also has the optional V8 which just shatter the Gx 460’s dream to dominate this segment. Even the cargo space of the X6 is way more practical than the GX 460. Then to top it all off, the base X6 is also a few hundred dollars cheaper.

Lexus GX 460
2020 Lexus GX 460
Mercedes-Benz GLE 400
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 400

2020 BMW X6 Final Verdict

The 2020 BMW X6 is undoubtedly a little expensive as compared to the rest of the comparison in this lineup. However, with the kind of overall package that this SUV is, it is easily worth all the money you will have to spend on it. Be it performance, be it practicality or simply its unique driving experience, the 2020 X6 is a force to be reckoned with.