New BMW X6 2020 - The Original SUV-Coupe
The new BMW X6 is finally here, and it looks mightily impressive with a new rear design and sleek but masculine lines from front to back. BMW has made some rather significant changes to the X6 both with the interior and exterior design. It is now more luxurious inside with the latest technologies and top-quality materials while improving on its sporting coupe-SUV stance.
The BMW X6 was first unveiled back in 2008 and was at the forefront of launching the luxury coupe/SUV crossover. For many years the X6 had little or no competition in this sector. However rival manufacturers soon began to follow suit and build their own versions, such as the Audi Q8, Porsche Cayenne Coupe and Mercedes GLE Coupe or Range Rover Velar to list just a few. There are now more and more coming on the scene, making this a highly competitive market.
The new X6 is now the third generation of this ground-breaking SUV, and at first glance, it looks like it should be able to keep its main rivals at bay. One of the main new features is the option to have the signature kidney grille illuminated and is the first time this has been offered on any BMW. It is certainly an option I would want to choose; it looks excellent and will be a conversation starter amongst your friends and passer-bys alike.
There are three different trim levels with the X6. There is the standard X6, available with a choice of a petrol or diesel engine and either Sport or M Sport trim levels. Then there is the top of the range M Performance trim, which again offer a petrol or diesel engine option, but power is dramatically increased.
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Engines, Power and Performance
The BMW X6 comes with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines. The standard petrol engine is a 3-litre turbocharged six-cylinder unit, badged the xDrive40i. It develops 340hp and 450Nm of torque, making it capable of hitting 0-62mph in 5.5secs.
The standard diesel engine badged xDrive30d is a 3-litre turbocharged six-cylinder, offering generating 265hp and 620Nm of torque, which make it race from 0-62mph in 6.5secs.
Both of these engine options are available in Sport or M Sport trim levels.
Next up are the most powerful versions, with the petrol named M50i and the diesel M50d. These engines are only available with the M Performance trim X6 and offer insane speed and performance for such a large car.
The M50i is a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine which produces 530hp and 750Nm of torque. This is the fastest X6 ever and will hit 0-62mph in a staggering 4.3secs.
The M50d is a 3-litre six-cylinder, quadruple turbocharged diesel engine producing 400hp and 760Nm of torque which helps it to hit 0-62mph in 5.2secs. A pretty impressive figure for a large and heavy, diesel-powered SUV.
Every X6 is fitted with BMW xDrive AWD system and sublime eight-speed automatic transmission with manually flappy paddles, allowing you to take manual control when and if you choose to. For such a large vehicle the X6 is surprisingly nimble and agile, it grips to the road better than a car its size should be able to.
Interior Quality and Technology
The interior found in the new X6 is nothing short of superb. The build quality is solid and the materials used are top-class as we have come to expect from the Bavarian master craftsmen. The interior and dashboard appear very similar to that found in the BMW X5, but features the latest advanced BMW technologies.
Each X6 comes with a large 12.3-inch colour touchscreen to control all of the infotainment functionality from. There is also a 12.3-inch colour digital instrument display in place of the usual analogue display dials. The X6 does come with a decent amount of kit as standard including DAB Radio, enhanced Bluetooth with wireless charging, BMW Gesture Control, BMW Live Cockpit including sat-nav and BMW's Connected Package Professional.
As with all BMW's, there is a long list of optional extras available, some of which are included in higher-spec models. These include a Head-Up Display (HUD), BMW Laserlights, Driving Assistant Professional and rear-seat entertainment which features two, independent, tilting 10.2-inch HD touchscreens in the rear with a blue-ray drive. This option is great if you have young, restless kids in the back and will keep them occupied on any long journeys.
The BMW X6 interior is a big step forward for BMW in term of luxury and refinement, and they are slowly edging in front of their main German rivals in this respect. BMW appears to be pushing harder to break into that all-out luxury sector, generally owned by the likes of Bentley and Rolls Royce who have long been known as the epitome of luxury. They are not quite there yet, but they edge closer and closer with each new flagship model.
Space, Practicality and Safety
The X6 is a large SUV and offers a generous amount of space and practicality, not quite as much as the X5 though mainly due to the sloping sports roof found on the X6. Upfront, driver and passenger are treated to soft and comfortable heated sports seats which are entirely electronically adjustable, with memory function for the driver's seat. There is plenty of legroom and headroom for the taller adults amongst us, as well as a generous amount of width to stop shoulder brushing against each other.
In the back, space feels more generous than in the outgoing model with a decent amount of legroom and headroom for a couple of adults, with the middle seat more ideally suited to a child. It's not quite as roomy as the X5 but more than sufficient for the majority of families.
There is a good selection of storage cubbies throughout the cabin front and rear including generous door pockets, a spacious cubby under the centre armrest and a couple of cupholders in the front which, with the applicable option selected can heat up or cool down your drink.
The boot is a good size with a capacity of 580-litres, only 65-litres down on the X5. Once you fold the seat down, the capacity in the X6 rises to 1530-litres, so in either format, you should have more than enough space to transport whatever you need to.
The X6 has not been safety tested, but as it's similar to the X5, it is not scheduled to be safety tested by the guys at Euro NCAP at this moment. The X5 scored an impressive top 5-star rating, so this would carry over to the X6, and given all of the high-tech safety assists and latest features, it would no doubt achieve a similar score to the X5, if not better.
Some of the standard safety features include park assist, front and rear sensors with rear camera and high beam assist along with Active Guard Plus. Active Guard Plus is a safety package which includes various safety systems and features such as Lane Departure Warning, Front Collision Warning and automatic braking to list just a few.
The new BMW X6 is a gorgeous car from any angle. It stands proud and with authority like a male lion guarding his territory. It is a high class, luxurious and sporty SUV with all the style and versatility one could want and is a big step forward from its predecessor. If you're thinking of entering the large, luxury SUV market or getting ready to upgrade then the X6 is one that should certainly tempt you.