2020 BMW X6 New Review – 2020 BMW X6
When the aboriginal BMW X6 hit the streets aback in 2009, best experts gave it the activity assumption of a Hollywood A-list marriage. But BMWs artefact planners angry out to be a acute backpack of wolves. Now in its third generation, the redesigned 2020 BMW X6 joins a bazaar blowzy with hunchbacked mid-size affluence SUV competitors from Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche.
HIGHS: Big V-8 power, absorbing achievement and refinement, alluringly accomplished cabin.
Although its contour looks abundant the same, the latest X6 is all new, from its added advancing advanced end to its alpine tail. It charcoal a beneath applied booty on the accustomed BMW X5 yet has developed hardly beyond than before, addition an inch added in length, about a half-inch wider, and with an added 1.6 inches in its wheelbase. The beyond branch grille is one allotment (it additionally can be aflame for an added $500), and it’s adamantine to absence the assailment in its channelled countenance and broadened taillights. Adorned with nonfunctioning vents at all four corners and abnormally shaped rear caster wells, the X6 is as arty and blue to catch as ever.
BMW sells about 6000 X6s a year in the United States, with high-performance M versions accurate up about 25 percent of the mix. There will be two variants of the full-zoot X6 M for the 2020 archetypal year, the 600-hp accepted archetypal and the uplevel M Competition adaptation with an added 17 horses. Both will apply the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 from the agnate models of the M5 sedan. But the top-seller amid the M-adorned X6s is accepted to be the 523-hp M50i, which serves as the lineup’s accepted V-8–powered archetypal with a detuned adaptation of that 4.4-liter engine, accepted all-wheel drive, and hardly beneath advancing anatomy and abeyance setups. “M models are actual extreme,” says Mike Baxley, BMW’s X6 artefact specialist. “We don’t crave anybody to get the adamant suspension. The X6 M50i is added adequate for accustomed use.”
As before, there additionally are bottom X6 40i-badged models, both in rear- and all-wheel-drive forms and powered by a 335-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six, but we alone had the befalling to sample the M50i. A automated accompanying to the X5 M50i, the X6 adaptation generally feels like a authentic M apparatus from abaft the wheel. Sort of like a taller, added M550i sedan, which sports the aforementioned additional V-8 and accepted eight-speed automated transmission. Its abeyance is firm, but the ride isn’t ever stiff, alike with our analysis car’s alternative 21-inch Pirelli P Zero run-flat summer tires. (The 20-inchers with all-season elastic are standard, while 22s with summer run-flats additionally are available.) You absolutely feel the alley in the X6, but its adaptive dampers do able-bodied to annular the edges off best bumps aback in the absence Comfort drive mode. Select Sport mode, however, and the ride tightens up considerably. The council additionally goes from aloof this ancillary of abundant to the other.
LOWS: Costs big money, still not a adorableness queen, compromised acumen adjoin an X5.
Hustle the X6 bottomward a bound two-lane, and it can bear austere speed. The electrically assisted, variable-ratio council is quick in activity if a little abroad in feel. BMW’s alternative Alive Cycle Stabilization arrangement dials out all barefaced anatomy roll, and the massive, upgraded M Sport brakes feel impervious to this tank’s about 5200 pounds. The alternative Dynamic Handling amalgamation additionally adds Integral Alive Steering, which turns the rear auto in the aforementioned administration of the advanced tires up to four degrees to advance cornering responsiveness.
Still, this big admirable tourer of an SUV is bigger ill-fitted to late-night, hammer-down artery runs than it is to high-g antics in the hills. The X6 M50i’s berth is quiet on the highway, and it does airy motoring appealing abuse well. BMW’s advanced seats are advanced and bendable but supportive, hitting a candied atom amid full-sport Recaros and a La-Z-Boy. They’re additionally heated, 20-way ability adjustable, and the Affluence Seating amalgamation adds beating and blast functions. Highlighted by two big 12.3-inch affectation screens, one for chart and one for the axial iDrive infotainment system, its autogenous mimics the X5’s, which is one of the best adequate and impeccably accomplished in its class. The fast-roofed X6’s rear bench is aloof a brace of inches of head- and legroom shy of the X5’s accommodations, yet still decidedly abounding with four aboard.
This BMW’s greatest feature, however, is its bold powertrain. The twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 about is the aforementioned assemblage begin in the M5 and X6 M, aloof with beneath boost. It’s rated at 523 application at 6000 rpm and 553 lb-ft of torque at a low 1,800 revs. Activate its launch-control system, which allows you to rev the agent to 2800 rpm afore absolution the brake, and we adumbrate it should hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, 0.4 additional quicker than the hardly added X5 xDrive50i that makes 67 beneath application and 1.1 abnormal quicker than the X6 xDrive40i.
Top speeds are electronically bound to 130 mph with the accepted all-season tires and 155 mph with the alternative summer achievement tires. BMW’s V-8 is affably smooth, alike aback affairs adamantine to its 6500-rpm rev limiter, and the accurate V-8 boom emitted by the accepted M Sport alive bankrupt arrangement sounds great. Similarly, the ZF-sourced eight-speed automated is acquainted to perfection, with bland but abrupt accessory changes that consistently assume to accept the X6 in the appropriate ratio.
Prices for the 2020 BMW X6 M50i alpha at $86,645, or about $20K added than the xDrive40i model, and well-optioned versions can access $100,000. An X5 M50i performs the same, costs about $3000 less, and offers 40 cubic anxiety of burden amplitude abaft its rear bench adjoin the X6’s 27. The X5’s added accepted architecture additionally appearance a lower liftover acme for the burden area, a beyond aback seat, and we’re suckers for its air-conditioned breach tailgate. As absorbing as the X6 is, we’re still not abiding why anyone would appetite an X5 with beneath usability. Baxley is quick with the answer. “The X6 in accepted is added extroverted,” he says. “It’s for addition who’s showier, addition who’s a little bit added aggressive.” Judging by the abounding aggressive set that the new X6 now faces off against, that seems as acceptable a acumen as any.
2020 BMW X6 M50i
VEHICLE TYPE front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
BASE PRICE $86,645
ENGINE TYPE twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, absolute ammunition injectionDisplacement 268 cu in, 4395 ccPower 523 hp @ 6000 rpmTorque 553 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm
TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic
DIMENSIONS Wheelbase: 117.1 in Length: 194.8 in Width: 78.9 in Height: 66.8 in Passenger volume: 100 cu ft Burden volume: 27 cu ft Curb weight (C/D est): 5200 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST) 60 mph: 3.8 sec 100 mph: 10.0 sec ¼-mile: 12.3 sec Top acceleration (mfr’s claim): 130 or 155 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY Combined/city/highway: 18/16/22 mpg