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2021 BMW X6 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 13, 2020
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About a decade ago, BMW invented a new segment of SUVs with 2009 X6. It was built on top of BMW's flagship SUV the BMW X5 but with a sloping roofline, which gave it a slightly less practical rear boot. With its new unique design, the sloping roofline of the X6 instantly developed a lot of criticism by the enthusiasts strictly surrounding the unconventional sloped roofline that threw practicality out of the window. Now despite all that drama surrounding the X6, BMW did surprisingly well by producing over half a million SUVs worldwide over the last decade.

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Pros

Striking exterior design and classy interior

Interior offers more space than expected

Engaging in driving dynamics

Behaves well around corners while being comfortable too

Cons

The steering wheel lacks communication with road

Rear headroom diminished due to roofline

The digital instrument cluster can be too much to handle

Cargo capacity sacrificed for the sack of looks

What's New?

There are no major changes for 2021 BMW X6


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Styles

2021 BMW X6 in Alpine White color 2021 BMW X6 in Arctic Grey Metallic color 2021 BMW X6 in Black Sapphire Metallic color 2021 BMW X6 in Carbon Black Metallic color
Alpine White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 BMW X6 40i

40i

power
TBD
fuel
TBD
mpg
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$64,300 - $66,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
sDrive40i 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $64,300 MSRP TBD TBD
TBD TBD TBD
xDrive40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $66,600 MSRP TBD TBD
TBD TBD TBD

Expert Review


The idea behind this unusual roof design was for buyers who wanted an SUV that can go fast and do SUV things, at the same time, feel like a luxury sedan while sitting inside. It turns out there are a lot of people out there who fancied such a design. This abstract design of the X6 went around the world to other manufacturers in this segment, making them introduce their versions that housed a similar design. Like the X5, the X6 came with a variety of features that boasted heaps of luxury and its own M Motorsport version packing a massive turbo V8.

BMW X6 now sits on a new chassis which has stretched the wheelbase and overall length of the X6 along with a wider stance. It also gains newer features and options in the cabin that’s virtually identical to all the other latest iterations of BMW. The powertrain is also not forgotten, they have managed to pump out a few extra ponies from both the available engine options in the X6 lineup. Just like the X5, BMW has decided to not update the X6 for the second year run in its third-generation. Let’s dive into this X6 and see if BMW did a good thing by not updating their sport luxury SUV for 2021.

2021 BMW X6 Front View
2021 BMW X6 Rear View

2021 BMW X6 Features

The 2021 BMW X6 will be priced between $65,295 for the base 40i trim and $86,945 for the M50i trim that comes with some M badging and sporty accents along with a powerful V8 to back it up. The transmission that propels this mean-machine is a ZF sourced 8-speed sport automatic as standard.

Trim

sDrive40i

xDrive M50i

MSRP (RWD)

$65,300

--

MSRP (AWD)

$66,600

$86,945

Key Features

20-inch wheels

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

 

Moving up to the xDrive M50i would bring you a V8 engine, a rearview camera, keyless ignition and entry with hands-free hatch opening, four-zone automatic climate control, 20-way multi-contour front seats with adjustments for the shoulder and thigh bolsters, an upgraded 16-speaker Harman Kardon among others.

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The base sDrive 40i is the best option among the two trims. The off-road capabilities are similarly restricted for all these cars and on-road performance of the 2-wheel drive is fine for urban utility. The 2021 BMW X6 would make it to the dealerships by the fall of 2020.

2021 BMW X6 Engine and Performance

The third-generation X6 comes with two engine options - . The all-new generation gets a decent bump in power over the previous-gen resulting in 335 furious horses under the hood from the turbocharged 3.0 liter inline 6 in the base sDrive40i. 

The 8-speed Automatic transmission comes standard across the X6 lineup. This transmission has been tuned to provide seamless power delivery to the rear-wheels of the car. The shifts are slick and precise and the gear ratios are kept small to keep the engine in power band at all times.

2021 BMW X6 Engine Bay

Models

2021 BMW X6 sDrive40i

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450

2020 Audi Q7 Prestige 

2020 Porsche Cayenne 

MSRP

$63,550

$61,750

$60,800

$66,800

Engine 

3.0 liter turbocharged inline 6

3.0 liter turbocharged V6

3.0 liter turbocharged V6

3.0 liter turbocharged V6

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission 

8-speed Automatic

9-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

335 @ 5,500

362 @ 5,500

335 @ 5,000

335 @ 5,300

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

330 @ 1,500

369 @ 1,600

369 @ 1,350

332 @ 1,340

On the other side of the X6, the M50i gets a 4.4 liter turbocharged V8 putting out a mighty 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. This turbocharged engine is called a hot "V'', which means instead of the turbos sitting on the side, they are placed inside the “V” of the engine, which in turn helps reduce the turbo lag.

Comparing this SAC to the other SUV’s available, Mercedes-Benz  GLE is the most powerful among all the contenders with 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque but also the most expensive at $70,500. Porsche Cayenne , Audi Q7 and BMW X6 are similar in every aspect.

Acceleration

There are two variants available with this turbo inline-six engine; the sXDrive40i comes in rear-wheel-drive configuration sitting at the base of this X6 lineup. An all-wheel-drive system is available too; it propels this large-sized SUV to 60mph from a dig in an astonishing 5.2 seconds, which is almost a second faster than the generation it replaces. 

The more powerful BMW X6 M50i, also uses its same ZF 8-speed automatic gear stick which sends power to all four wheels of the car. It reaches from 0-60MPH in just 4.1 seconds which is pretty commendable for an SUV this big.

2021 BMW X6 Side Angle View

Model

2021 BMW X6 sDrive40i

Mercedes-Benz GLE 450

Audi Q7

Porsche Cayenne

0-60 MPH (sec)

5.2

5.6

5.7

5.9

Quarter Mile (sec)

14.4

14.1

14.3

14.4

Top Speed (MPH)

180

150

155

N/A

Engine

3.0L premium Inline-6

3.0L Premium unleaded  V6

3.0L Premium unleaded V6 

3.0L Premium unleaded V6 

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

7.6

8.8

8.4

11.1

In comparison, the X6 is the fastest to 60MPH with only 5.2 seconds on the clock. The Cayenne clocks in at 5.9 seconds making it 0.3 seconds slower than Mercedes .

Ride and Handling

The X6 has excellent driving dynamics. It goes well through the corners at average speeds, but when the bumps appear, be ready for head-jarring hits. The suspension is stiffened to make the ride and handling sportier rather than being biased towards comfort. The best option is to get the optional dynamic damper control, which comes with four different modes; Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+. These four modes have individual settings to suit your style of driving.

The xDrive50i model's 553-hp V8 provides enough performance most people could ever want, which is intensified by the exhilarating exhaust note when pushed hard. The standard suspension of the X6 produces an unruffled ride quality even over rough patches. Switching to the Comfort mode with the adjustable suspension doesn't see much change either. Only through the Sport mode, there is a noticeable improvement in handling thanks to firmer body control. The X6 is a large and heavy vehicle with a higher center of gravity than your average sport sedan, and the handling is certainly not up to the mark. The steering of the X6 feels precise but doesn't offer as much feedback as many of its peers.

2021 BMW X6 Handling

Braking

BMW has provided the X6 with enough power and there’s no way they’ll compromise in the braking department. The 2021 BMW X6 has a 13.7-inch disc in the front and 12.6-inch discs in the back. It takes 122 ft to come to a complete stop. Weighing in close to 4600 pounds, it’s commendable how quickly the car comes to a complete halt.

2021 BMW X6 Wheel

The brake pedal is quite soft and responds well at high speeds. The brakes are easy to modulate and offer good bite. They feel sure-footed even when applied at high speed and help the car to stop in a controlled manner. 

Model

2021 BMW X6 sDrive40i

Mercedes-Benz GLE 450

Audi Q7

Porsche Cayenne

Brake Rotors Front

(in)

13.7

14.8

14.8

13.7

Brake Rotors Rear

(in)

12.6

13.6

13.8

12.9

Curb Weight

(lbs)

4585

4751

4927

5199

60-0 MPH (ft)

122

130

N/A

N/A

Comparing it to the rest of the competition, the X6 has some serious braking systems. Porsche Cayenne took the last position in the brake test from 60 to 0 as it is the heaviest. 

2021 BMW X6 Fuel Economy

The third-gen sDrive40i is the most fuel economical X6 you can buy today. Along with the power bump, BMW has not sacrificed fuel economy in the process. Like the current outgoing models, the 2021 X6 sDrive40i with the 3.0L turbo is capable of achieving the best in class 23mpg combined according to EPA's ratings. The all-wheel-drive variant xDrive40i gets a dip in the economy, but nothing that big. It gets one mpg less for city ratings but gets the same for highways due to the intelligent all-wheel drive computers doing all the work.

Models

2021 BMW X6 sDrive40i

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450

2020 Audi Q7 Prestige 

2020 Porsche Cayenne 

MPG (city)

21

19

17

19

MPG (highway)

26

24

21

23

MPG (combined)

23

21

18

20

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

21.9

22.5

N/A

23.7

Range (miles)

504

472

N/A

474

The X6's V8 versions, on the other hand, like the xDrive50i and M50i, don't get a dip but rather a dive in the economy. It's rated at 18mpg combined according to EPA's rating, doesn't seem too bad for a more than 500 horsepower SUV that is capable of moving at such a rapid pace, in my opinion.

The advantage of having a great fuel economy adds to having a smaller fuel tank which lets you get above-average range while being lighter than the competitors at the same time.

2021 BMW X6 Interior

All the cars in the Bimmer lineup share a similar interior layout and same is the case with the 2021 BMW X6. Just like the X5, it's built on; the X6 comes with an interior made to satisfy. Although it lacks to differentiate itself from the other premium X's in its lineup, the X6 boasts heaps of luxury with the help of top of the line luxury and over-the-top quality materials.

Vernasca leather upholstery comes standard, as does the Sensatec, covered dashboard, Anthracite headliner, and velour carpeting for the cargo area across all variants. Throw in a few more thousands into the pot and have the pleasure of getting your hands on the premium Merino leather, which floods your interior from the seats to the center stack around the dashboard too. Speaking of which, the center stack houses some of the most well fitted high-quality material the X6 has ever been equipped with. Choices range from durable hard plastic to metal and for the upscale feel, glass knobs, and gear shifter.

2021 BMW X6 Rear View

Models

2021 BMW X6 sDrive40i

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450

2020 Audi Q7 Prestige 

2020 Porsche Cayenne 

Seating Capacity 

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/ Legroom)

39.9/60.5/40.3

38.9/58.5/40.3

39.9/59.5/41.7

N/A

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder room/ Legroom)

37.9/57.9/35.6

38.5/58.4/38.4

38.8/58.5/38.8

N/A

Just like its predecessor, the X6 seats five passengers in the utmost luxury. The front seats offer just as much of space as the X5 does, headroom and legroom are abundant at your disposal. The 16-way power driver seats allow for a high driving position. 

However, looking out of this SUV is one of its worst drawbacks; the C pillars take up most of the blind spot view, and the rear windows are relatively narrow to look out of. This takes us to the rear seats, which are not the best to be in unless you fancy rubbing your head against the headliner. The sloping roofline design of the exterior might look appealing but throws out the rear seats' headroom quota.

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

  • Steering wheel audio control
  • Power liftgate
  • Power mirrors
  • Keyless entry
  • Multi-zone Climate Control
  • Power driver/passenger seat
  • Remote trunk release
  • Keyless start

Infotainment System

Like everything else in the 2020 X6, the upcoming year will also get the 12.3-inch iDrive touchscreen infotainment system as standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It's packed with plenty of options and doesn't need an expert to work their way around the system. The system can be operated in many different ways: voice control, touchscreen, touchpad controller, and gesture control. You get a second LCD screen of 12.3-inch found behind the steering wheel as a digital instrument cluster. BMW may have put too much of their focus into it, which made it somewhat too cluttered with information.

2021 BMW X6 Infotainment System

List of features can go on for the 40i & M50i but here are a few listed below:

  • Automatic four-zone climate control
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with a 464-watt amp
  • Wireless charging
  • Navigation

Cargo Capacity

BMW X6 has 26.6 cu-ft of cargo space which is good but not as good as the X5. Coupe style robs of some space in the back but it still is massive. Split-folding 40/20/40 gives ample space and also the practicality to carry luggage. After a fully flat rear seat you get 59.7 cu-ft of space.

2021 BMW X6 Cargo Space

Model

2021 BMW X6 sDrive40i

Porsche Cayenne

Mercedes-Benz  GLE 450 

Audi Q7

Behind 2nd Row (ft.cube)

26.6

27.1

23.0

27.5

Behind 1st Row (ft.cube)

59.7

60.3

60.7

62.2

Comparing the practicality of these awesome SUVs, Audi Q7 and Cayenne has the most space at the back with 27.5 inches when all seats are up and when folded down it has an unrivaled 62.2 inches of space.

2021 BMW X6 Dashboard
2021 BMW X6 Dashboard
2021 BMW X6 Interior
2021 BMW X6 Interior
2021 BMW X6 Infotainment
2021 BMW X6 Infotainment
2021 BMW X6 Front Seat
2021 BMW X6 Front Seat
2021 BMW X6 Rear Seat
2021 BMW X6 Rear Seat

2021 BMW X6 Exterior

The latest iteration of the X6 comes with a much more modern approach to its exterior styling. Sharp edges and creases flow along the profile of the SUV were designed to improve aerodynamics. The SUV sits on the new chassis that stretched out its wheelbase along with the overall length and width. The shortened height adds to a much aggressive stance along with the 20-inch alloy wheels with 22-inches upgraded with the Competition package.

Due to the gorgeous sloping roofline design of the X6, the cargo space is reduced. Though it comes with more space than the predecessor, it is still shy compared to the SUV it's based on. On the inside, the X6 provides decent amounts of storage spaces around the door pockets as well as the glove box. A pair of cup holders are also available in the front.

2021 BMW X6 Side View

Models

2021 BMW X6 sDrive40i

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450

2020 Audi Q7 Prestige 

2020 Porsche Cayenne 

Curb Weight (lbs)

4687

4,991

4927

4582

Length (in)

194.8

194.3

199.6

193.7

Width (in)

78.9

76.7

77.5

78.1

Height (in)

66.3

70.7

68.5

66.8

Ground Clearance (in)

8.3

7.1

9.4

6.6

Wheelbase (in)

117.1

117.9

117.9

114

The front fascia comes with an aggressive bumper with large intake vents along with fully adaptive LED headlamps designed to match the aggressive front end. As for the iconic kidney grille, it seems to be growing more and more every gen gradually dominating the front end, you can get them with illuminated borders now. 

The side profile still retains its gorgeous sporty fastback design looking sleeker and more stretched out this time. The tail end comes with a set of slim modern looking tail lights above the massive air vents cut out on the side of the bumper. The tail of the X6 looks the best in the m50i trims due to the massive quad tailpipes sticking out of the rear.

Exterior features

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Bigger kidney-grille
  • Front air vents
  • Coupe like design
  • Quad-tip exhausts
2021 BMW X6 Front
2021 BMW X6 Front
2021 BMW X6 Rear
2021 BMW X6 Rear
2021 BMW X6 Front angle View
2021 BMW X6 Front angle View
2021 BMW X6 Side angle View
2021 BMW X6 Side angle View
2021 BMW X6 Wheel
2021 BMW X6 Wheel

2021 BMW X6 Safety

2021 BMW X6 offers hosts of safety features to protect you and your vehicle, on the road and off it. Some of the coolest features by far is the BMW remote services which include stolen vehicle recovery, remote door-unlock, and BMW remote app. The IIHS and NHTSA have not rated the 2020 BMW X6 yet but you can expect excellent safety scores from both. Some of the standard features are given below:

  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Driver’s and passenger’s front airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with advanced technology: dual-threshold, dual-stage deployment; and front-passenger-seat sensors designed to prevent unnecessary airbag deployment
  • Automatic-locking retractors (ALR) on all passenger-seat safety belts (for installation of child-restraint seats)
  • Central locking system on the driver and front passenger doors (leaves fuel filler door unlocked)
  • Impact sensor that activates Battery Safety Terminal disconnect of alternator, fuel pump and starter from battery; automatically unlocks doors; and turns on hazard and interior lights
  • Adaptive Brake Lights
  • LATCH for child-restraint safety-seat installation
  • Front safety belts with automatic pre-tensioners
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Rollover sensor that triggers airbags and safety-belt pretensioners in the event of a rollover
  • BMW Assist eCall includes Emergency Request (SOS button) and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification

2021 BMW X6 Competition

BMW X6 Vs Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayenne is instantly recognizable and desirable in ways the BMW X6 can never be. Dynamically designed Porsche Cayenne is hands down the winner in many aspects like massive towing capacity, lightweight chassis, excellent space on the inside and an awesome engine. BMW X6 is showing its age interiorly and exteriorly. In technology, both are neck to neck but Porsche still has the upper edge.

2021 Porsche Cayenne

BMW X6 Vs Mercedes-Benz GLE 450

These coupe designed SUVs have a very niche market when it comes to sheer numbers. But what they offer shows the real difference. Mercedes has the horsepower prowess whereas BMW lacks in the engine department. Ride quality of both the BMW X6 and Merc GLE 450 is quite similar because of the stiff suspension. Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 offers AWD as standard while you’ll have to pay $2300 more to get the same in the BMW X6. With high power, it plows through any surface and that 9G-Tronic transmission is just brilliant.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450

 

2021 BMW X6 Final Verdict

There is no doubt that BMW has done an excellent job with the third-gen X6, its aggressive appearance radiates dominance on the road and supports that they have even boasted the power across all their variants. They haven't sacrificed the fuel economy but have bumped that up as well, making it best in class. It drives like it should, fast and compliant when needed while keeping in mind its size. The cabin of the X6 is at its best, high-quality materials with an impeccable layout interior; on top of that, it's flooded with features and options across all trims, especially the standard model, surely has to be BMWs best work yet. 

Just like any vehicle on sale, this, too, has its flaws. One of the biggest being the outward visibility, the wide C pillars make you move about your seat to check your blind spots, which nobody likes. To add to it, the view out the rear windshield is abysmal; the image is diminished due to the raised back end design, making it impossible to see an averaged sized coupe parked behind. These flaws of the X6 wouldn't be there in the X5 as it has a much more functional silhouette. In the end, it just comes down to your