2020 BMW X6 M SUV

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$108,600 - $117,600
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2020 BMW X6 M SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 10, 2020
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The 2020 BMW X6 M is a definitive incarnation of BMW’s SUV lineup flaunting its supremacy on every surface. Pick a few legitimate sports cars and you’ll be stunned to see that the BMW X6 M can actually keep up with some of them. 

The genesis of X6 was intended to give the BMW customers the exterior styling that the coupe offers and also meet the needs of an SUV. The 2020 X6 M, unlike the X5 M, is less practical for an SUV but can still seduce a car buyer into picking it over the latter. Aren’t you intrigued already?

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Pros

Best performance in the segment

Brutal design

Upgraded Standard features

Cons

Impractical for an SUV

Tight cargo volume

Low fuel economy

What's New?

Upgraded Engine with more horsepower

Redesigned Cabin

Redesigned Exterior Styling

Standard M Sport Exhaust System


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$108600

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

268 cu.in.

horsepower

600 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

553 lbs.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

15.6/15.6

dimensions

wheelbase

117 in.

length

195 in.

width

87.1 in.

height

66.6 in.

curb weight

5060 lbs.

ground clearance

8.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

59.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

6000 lbs.

payload capacity

1080 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/22/19 mpg

highway range

492.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
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Styles

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Alpine White

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Ratings

Features

9.3

Engine And Performance

9.9

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.0

Final Verdict

8.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 BMW X6 M SUV Base

Base

power
600 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
19 combined

$108,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $108,600 MSRP (17/19/22) 600 hp @ 5700 rpm, 4.4 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 BMW X6 M SUV Competition

Competition

power
617 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
19 combined

$117,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Competition 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $117,600 MSRP (17/19/22) 617 hp @ 6000 rpm, 4.4 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.9

Overall Rating


More muscle? Yes, you heard that right. The 2020 X6 M is all about the muscle in comparison with the X5 M as you’ll be trading performance and styling for cargo space. All this upgrade and more comes in the X6 M Competition model. Contrary to the mixed opinions after the first launch of the X6, the sales figures speak otherwise proving that the X6 M is indeed sought after with a high quality of conformance.

Nearly 67 percent of the BMW cars sold have been from the X6 lineup since its launch. The X6M is a semi-autonomous vehicle assisted by an upgraded driver-assist technology. This model adds to the current solace that the BMW X6 M gives. The X6 M Competition elevates the speed and execution of the vehicle with the extra torque and a couple of redesigns like the M Sport Exhaust framework and more extensive back wheels. 

The badass BMW X6 M SUV competes with Porsche Cayenne Turbo coupe, Maserati Levante and the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR. 

2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Front View
2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Rear View

9.3/10
Features

 

9.9/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

9.0/10
Safety

 

7.0/10
Competition

 

8.0/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 BMW X6 M SUV Features

9.3/10

The 2020 BMW X6 M SUV has another trim level which is the X6 M Competition model. You can always spend the extra $9000 for the M Competition which has a slightly improved performance and a comfortable interior for the passengers. The X6 M can be customized for a carbon-fiber trim panel and a full merino upholstery.

Trims

BMW X6 M SUV 

BMW X6 M Competition

MSRP

$108,600

$117,600

Features

Full-Color Head-up Display

Adds and upgrades from previous trim

 

Harman Kardon Surround Sound Audio System

Full Merino leather upholstery

 

Anti-theft AM/FM stereo with Radio Data Systems

M Sport Exhaust System

 

21-inch alloy wheels

22-inch alloy wheels

 

Programmable LED Daytime running lights and Adaptive LED lights

Exclusive track mode

 

Active Driving Assistant

Center console fitted with knee padding

 

Active-Charcoal micro-filter ventilation

Extended shadow line interior

 

3 stage heated front seats

 

 

Panoramic moonroof with fully automatic 2-piece glass panel, powerslide, and lift-control

 
 

Comfort Access Keyless entry

 
 

Wifi hotspot with 3GB on a 3-month trial

 
 

12.3 inch screen with Apple CarPlay

 

Trim to choose?

The X6 M Competition is the better trim since it comes with an upgraded exhaust system, extensive rear inch wheels, the comforting knee padding at the rear for turning hard, extended shadow line interior and additional horsepower to add to a normal X6 M. The Competition model also flaunts better standard features with full merino leather for the seats. It’s worth spending the extra $9000 for the Competition model.

2020 BMW X6 M SUV Engine and Performance

9.9/10

Besides the eye-appealing features, BMW X6 M is all about the drive with power generated by a 4.4 liter BMW M Twin Power Turbo V8 that’s hooked to an 8-speed-automatic transmission with the drive logic. According to BMW, the M Twin Turbo V8 is their most remarkable engine till now. The X6 M Competition gives an additional horsepower of 17hp that marginally outweighs the X6M in this aspect. 

In spite of the fact that the driving and performance are unparalleled in the segment, BMW does exclude the two-wheel-drive mode that the M5 iteration had, which makes the driver yearn for the full driving potential of the vehicle. The best thing about the BMW is the 8-speed-automatic transmission gearbox that has a quick response time to speed shift in the event of deciding to race.

2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Engine Bay

The emissions and fuel consumption of the X6 M diminish considerably at any speed range due to the Double-Vanos valve control that combines with the Twin Turbo V8. Just when you think that this is all the astonishing features that entail the X6 M, the high precision direct injection discloses that it even guarantees a clean and efficient combustion system.

Models

BMW X6 M

Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR 

Maserati Levante GTS

MSRP

$105,100

$130,100

$114,500

$122,050

Engine

4.4L Twin-Turbocharged V8

4.0L V8

5.0L V8

3.8L V8 

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

Power

600 hp @ 6000rpm

541 hp @ 5750 rpm

575 hp @ 6000 rpm

550 hp @ 5,250 rpm

Torque

553 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

568 lb-ft @ 1960 rpm

516 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm

516 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm

In terms of power, the X6 M is a Goliath to its rivals due to its Twin-Turbocharged V8 Engine and extra muscle. The Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR comes second leaving the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Maserati Levante behind in performance efficiency.

Acceleration

When you rank the high-speed SUVs, the 2020 BMW X6 M is going to squeeze its way in less than 4s just like it does from 0-60mph. You’re pushed to the back of the seats as you step on the gas of the X6 M and get an equivalent experience of actually driving a sports car. With a top speed of 177mph, it is only second to the Maserati Levante. The minor contrast is immaterial when they stand side by side making a course for the go, head to head. The hefty wheels complement the ride as it accelerates on the road.

2020 BMW X6 M Crossover 0-60 MPH in Just 3.8 sec

The gearbox also contributes to making an impulse decision while overtaking vehicles on a drive. The Cayenne Coupe does have a slight edge in speed and acceleration to the X6 M, and it is the only vehicle in the competition that gives the BMW, a run for its money.

Models

BMW X6 M

Porsche Cayenne Turbo coupe

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Maserati Levante GTS

0-60 MPH (in secs)

3.8

3.6

4.3

4

Quarter mile (in secs)

NA

11.5

NA

NA

Top Speed (MPH)

177

177

176

181

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

11.9

8.8

9.3

11.8

Only the Porsche Cayenne Turbo outmatches the BMW X6 M in performance, the curb weight and the emission figures of the Cayenne further elevate its status. Anyway, the BMW X6 M has enhanced certain features to support the immense curb weight. For engine and performance SUV, it’s either the Porsche Cayenne Turbo or the BMW X6 M to choose from.

How good is the Ride and Handling of the BMW X6 M?

Every iteration of the BMW rides on the repute that the brand has set in the minds of the customer and X6 M exudes this when a driver takes the wheel. With the M-tuned xDrive, the handling is even much better with an efficient distribution of torque to all wheels and optimal traction control, and also there’s base body roll during the sharp turns.

2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Front View

The drifting that you’d have watched in Need for Speed and other commercial car advertisements can be manifested in the BMW X6 M with the M Dynamic mode. If you’re wondering how? the M drive with Dynamic mode is behind the lateral acceleration and dynamics that exhibit controlled drifting. The X6 M Competition also comes with the advantageous rear wheels that are an extra-inch wider in contrast to the X6 M, and this directs the rear-wheel-drive. 

Firm suspension makes the drive more alert as the BMW X6 M’s Adaptive M Suspension automatically adapts to the driving conditions. However, the speed bumps in the city and highway can be brittle. The other factors that add to the ride quality and handling are the rear axle-air suspension, Active Anti-roll stabilization, Hill Descent Control (HDC), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC). 

Braking 

The X6 M’s braking systems are similar to the X5 M with the huge 6-piston calipers and ventilated disc brakes at the front and rear wheels. There is also extra bracing fitted in the engine bay that allows the X6 M to efficiently break and corner hard with an upgraded variable steering system. Specifically designed for the BMW, Michelin Pilot Sport 4s tires up the braking performance and amplify the rear-wheel-drive experience.

2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Has Front Brake is 15.6 in.

Models

BMW X6 M

Porsche Cayenne Turbo coupe

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Maserati Levante GTS

Brake Front (in.)

15.6

13.8

15

15

Brake Rear (in.)

15.2

13

14.4

13

60-0 MPH (ft)

NA

NA

NA

NA

 The rotor size and the curb weight ease the braking performance of the BMW X6 M coupled with the adjustable brake feedback pedal which places it above its rivals. Porsche Cayenne also gives a similar performance due to an equal proportion of rotor size and curb weight coupled with its automatic emergency braking system. This only occurs if the driver fails to respond to the acoustic signals from the car. 

Towing Capacity

The X6 M isn’t far behind in the towing capacity in comparison with the Porsche Cayenne and the Land Rover Range Rover Sport as it can tow up to 7500 lbs just about 200 lbs shy of their capacity. Its towing capacity for the hitches falls in the range between Class III and Class IV. 

Models

BMW X6 M

Porsche Cayenne Turbo coupe

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Maserati Levante GTS

Towing Capacity (lbs)

7500

7700

7716

5592

While Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR and Porsche Cayenne dominate this segment and the Maserati ranks poorly with its meager towing capacity.

2020 BMW X6 M SUV Fuel Economy

5.0/10

Here is where the competition overshadows the BMW X6 M. What the BMW X6 M lacks in fuel economy, it compensates by providing a staggeringly high performing driving experience. The fuel capacity in the city is a meager 13mpg and 18mpg on the highway. However, the fuel consumption on all speed ranges is constrained by the Double Vanos valve control that diminishes the emissions as well.

Models

BMW X6 M

Porsche Cayenne Turbo coupe

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Maserati Levante GTS

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

21.9

23.7

27.6

21.1

MPG (city)

13

15

15

14

MPG (highway)

18

19

20

18

MPG (combined)

15

17

16

15

Range (city/ highway/ combined*) (miles)

291.2/403.2

356/450

414/552

295/380

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Land Rover Range Rover have a better fuel economy than the Maserati Levante and BMW X6 M. However, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport does exceed the fuel capacity of the Porsche Cayenne.

2020 BMW X6 M SUV Interior

8.0/10

Once you’re inside the BMW X6 M and take a seat back, the list of upgrades made ensures that comfort and class are echoed from every element you touch. The honeycomb pattern is mirrored on the door cards and the leather dashboard amplifies the classy feature. The letter M is etched on the upgraded variable steering wheel, the dash and the gear knob as a mark to highlight the upgrade.

Seating and comfort 

The wing-back seats have honeycomb layered designs on the black extended Merino leather upholstery and for full Merino leather upholstery, you can opt the X6 M Competition model. The driver seats are open to including a fully electric upgraded massage function. The seating at the front is spacious with enough headroom that has an Alcantara headliner that brushes your head. However, you can’t say the same about the headroom at the rear especially if you are tall. The sloping roofline is the reason for this hiccup. 

2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Front Seats

There’s plenty of legroom at the front and rear that shakes any unnecessary discomfortthat can be caused to a passenger. Although it’s not as roomy as the X5, 5 average-sized passengers can sit comfortably at the rear.

Models

BMW X6 M

Porsche Cayenne Turbo coupe

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Maserati Levante GTS

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

40.4/60.5/38.1

NA/NA/NA

39.5/60.7/42.2

NA/NA/NA

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

40.4/57.7/35.7

NA/NA/NA

39.1/59.5/37

NA/NA/NA

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

The seating and comfort of Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR and the X6 M are matched almost in all angles. It is the rear headroom which makes you question your decision in making a choice but the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR gives still lags in this area to the X6 M. 

Infotainment 

With a preinstalled BMW’s latest iDrive software, the Infotainment system takes inputs by hand gestures, voice commands, and a center console controller. Tapping the menu on the 12.3-inch screen opens access to a plethora of features to anchor different driving modes. For someone who relishes rides with music to compliment the background, the 16 speaker system is a huge plus. The Harman Kardon Surround Sound Audio system excites anyone looking to buy the vehicle. The other highlights that the Infotainment system takes pride in are:

  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a 1-year subscription
  • CD player pre-wiring
  • HD Radio with multicast FM station reception
  • Apple car play
  • Harman Kardon Surround Sound Audio System
  • Anti-theft AM/FM Radio Stereo CD/mp3 player with Radio Data System
  • 600-watt amplifier with 16 speaker system

Cargo Capacity

Even though the cargo space of the X6 M diminishes due to the sloping roofline, the cargo space is only second to the Land Rover Range Rover Sport. The X5 M, however, has 7 cubic feet of extra space as the roofline is not as inclined as the X6 M. For an SUV, the X6 M hits decent figures that anybody can work with on a weekend trek of luggage. The comfort of the passengers in the rear is not compromised with the cargo volume.

2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Has Cargo Volume is 26.6 cu ft.

For cargo volume, you can prefer the X5 M that has a longer wheelbase and length that enhances the cargo volume.

Models

BMW X6 M

Porsche Cayenne Turbo coupe

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Maserati Levante GTS

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft)

26.6 

21.1

27.5

25.5

Interior Features

  • Black Extended Merino Leather
  • Leather dashboard
  • Anthracite Alacantara headliner
  • Fully furnished cargo areas with velour carpeting
  • Cargo cover
  • Carbon fiber interior trim
2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Interior
2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Interior
2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Interior
2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Interior
2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Interior
2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Interior
2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Interior
2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Interior
2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Interior
2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Interior

2020 BMW X6 M SUV Exterior

7.0/10

The first distinct feature in the X6 M is the absence of roof rails that were prominent in the X5 M. With the removal of the roof rail, the sloping roofline is inclined more that gives the coupe-like profile. As you scan the front of the exterior, you’ll notice the nose that comes with huge kidney grilles with black surrounds and a revised bumper. These features embellish the X6 M with elegance and a monster-like look.

Design and dimension

The subtle changes to the exterior highlight the design of the X6 M with a caving hood and a fisting spoiler at the rear. BMW X6 M furnishes every minor detail that makes it appealing to the eye from skirts on the sides to aerodynamic features adjacent to the mirror. The corners of the X6 are curvier than the X5 M that aid in brushing the air resistance during the drive.

2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Three Quarter View

Models

BMW X6 M

Porsche Cayenne Turbo coupe

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Maserati Levante GTS

Length (in)

195.0

194.5

192.2

197.6

Width (in)

79.5

78.7

71.0

78.0

Height (in)

66.6

65.1

NA

66.9

Ground clearance (in)

8.1

8.4

NA

NA

Wheelbase (in)

115.5

114.0

155.1

118.3

Track width (in) F/R

66.9/66.5

66.2/65.9

66.7/66.3

64.4/66.8

Curb weight (lbs)

5185

5024

5093

4784

The design of the BMW X6 M and the Maserati Levante is subtle and stylish due to the sloping roofline that extracts the coupe profile in the automobile. When you look at the Porsche and the Land Rover Range Rover Sport they exhibit the standard designs of an SUV which is a subjective area of interest.

Exterior Features

  • Shadowline trim
  • M quad tailpipes
  • Power-holding, rear mirrors
  • M rear spoiler
  • 21-inch M Double-spoke bi-color wheels
  • Adaptive brake lights
2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Exterior
2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Exterior
2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Exterior
2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Exterior
2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Exterior
2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Exterior
2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Exterior
2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Exterior
2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Exterior
2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Exterior
2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Exterior
2020 BMW X6 M Crossover Exterior

2020 BMW X6 M SUV Safety

9.0/10

The X6 M comes with an Automatic Locking Retractors that secure the passenger when subject to sudden brakes or impact. The 2020 BMW X6 M hasn’t been rated or crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration yet. However, BMW has put considerable effort into ensuring that the safety features of the vehicle are beyond a normal SUV.

The testament to BMW efforts are the features like front airbag Supplemental Restraint System, latch attachments for the safety of the child, Active Protection System, Front, and Rear Head Protection System, BMW Assist eCall, Rollover Sensors with airbag triggers, Parking Assistant with rearview cameras and an Active Driving Assistant to monitor collision and lane departure.

Safety Features

  • Active blind spot detection
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Anti-lock Braking System
  • Impact Sensors
  • Acoustic safety-belt warning
  • Driver-assist technology

2020 BMW X6 M SUV Competition

7.0/10

BMW X6 M vs Porsche Cayenne Turbo 

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo coupe is positioned as the most powerful version of the SUV in the Cayenne segment. The well-defined exterior and the performance of the Cayenne Turbo make it a wild contender to the BMW X6 M. However, the tight cargo volume of the turbo is where the X6 M beats it. Overall, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo needs to fill some gaps to match the BMW X6 M and also you pay a hefty price compared to the X6 M.

2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

BMW X6 M vs Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Dubbed as the most capable performance SUV, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR not only gives an incredible performance but also adds comfort to the passengers during the drive. This is possible due to its unrivaled air suspension system. The Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR beats the X6 M in cargo volume but can’t match its driving experience.

 It is also a little pricier compared to the X6 M. The two automobiles are big and hefty but the BMW’s wider rear inch wheels anchor the vehicle in making sharp turns and provide stability. For an SUV, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR is more practical than the X6 M.

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

BMW X6 M vs Maserati Levante

Regardless of its ubiquity, the Maserati Levante can be elusive in your neighborhood. In comparison with the BMW X6 M, Maserati Levante is vastly outmatched in cargo volume, engine performance, handling of the vehicle and the comfort. The BMW X6 M is a much better option as an SUV should you be left with these two alternatives.

2020 Maserati Levante

2020 BMW X6 M SUV Final Verdict

8.0/10

For a performance-driven SUV, the BMW X6 M stands firm atop. Also the price of the bimmer enhances the appeal of the vehicle since the rivals don’t come close to its driving experience. The upgrade in standard features and muscle exalts its place above the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Although we feel that If you’re looking for a more practical SUV, the BMW X6 M is not the one to go for as it is not pragmatic.

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Its the M on top of BMW1

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Features

10/10

Interior

10/10

Design

10/10

Safety

10/10

Reliability

10/10

Deal Value

10/10

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"Epitome of suvs"

M, the name which gives sense to already perked up regualr x6. I've always wanted to have one in my garage and now that I do, I can't seem to stop driving it. Not sure what makes it so stunning but I guess it has something to do with its driving that lives up to the name
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