2020 BMW X6

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Since the BMW X6 was launched, naysayers have denounced the genre-bending design as impractical and even pointless. Dubbed a “Sports Activity Coupe,” the X6 threw out the checklist of what makes a good utility vehicle and instead aimed to provide a sportier appearance, personality and overall experience. Now, more than a decade later, BMW has proven to be more trailblazer than outcast, as multiple competing (and non-competing) brands have launched their own versions of what are now known as “crossover coupes.” As an all-new, third-generation model, the 2020 BMW X6 doubles down on its core philosophies and improves in nearly every way. Although bookended by the six-cylinder 40i models below and X6 M model above, we had access to the X6 M50i powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that makes 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. That's a massive improvement of 78 horsepower and 73 lb-ft of torque from the previous V8-powered X6. With a curb weight of 5,115 pounds, the new M50i is significantly heavier than the 4,784-pound, six-cylinder xDrive40i, but its quick-twitch demeanor off the line, taut suspension, and light steering hide that fact. The twin-turbo V8 cranks out gobs of power readily available across the rev range, thanks to a consistently decisive and accurate eight-speed transmission standard on every X6. Throttle tip-in is early, steady and even, and a full stab will snuggle the driver into the seatback. BMW’s official 0-to-60-mph claim is 4.1 seconds. With “manual” mode activated, sturdy paddle shifters call upon calm, quick shifts. An aggressive but contained soundtrack alerts passengers and passersby of something feisty under the hood and exudes the X6's intended impression. The steering characteristics, unfortunately, do not match the thrilling powertrain or the emotional design. While light and easy to maneuver, there’s a bit of a dead spot on center, and turn-in is a little lazy. A tinge of road vibration comes through the wheel, possibly due to the 22-inch wheels, but the overall feel is numb and disconnected. Pick up the speed, and the steering’s indecisive nature becomes more apparent. The anonymous and inconsistent progression can leave you second-guessing or correcting during the middle of a turn. It’s a shame because the chassis handles itself with aplomb. Equipped with the Adaptive M Suspension Pro, Integral Active Steering, and Active Roll Stabilization, the X6 M50i feels completely at home putzing around unkempt roads, stretching out on highway runs, or under duress on a track. The ride is relaxed but firm, comfortable but not plush. Bumps serve as suspension fodder, and body motion is minimized to levels unexpected from a hefty crossover. Pushed around corners or halted by the strong M Sport brakes, the X6 gives up a bit of roll but stays impressively flat. Compared to the outgoing model, the new X6 is an inch longer, 0.7 inch shorter, 0.6 inch wider, and rides on a 1.6-inch longer wheelbase. Despite these changes, interior space is basically the same apart from a welcome uptick in headroom – always an issue …
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Since the BMW X6 was launched, naysayers have denounced the genre-bending design as impractical and even pointless. Dubbed a “Sports Activity Coupe,” the X6 threw out the checklist of what makes a good utility vehicle and instead aimed to provide a sportier appearance, personality and overall experience. Now, more than a decade later, BMW has proven to be more trailblazer than outcast, as multiple competing (and non-competing) brands have launched their own versions of what are now known as “crossover coupes.” As an all-new, third-generation model, the 2020 BMW X6 doubles down on its core philosophies and improves in nearly every way. Although bookended by the six-cylinder 40i models below and X6 M model above, we had access to the X6 M50i powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that makes 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. That's a massive improvement of 78 horsepower and 73 lb-ft of torque from the previous V8-powered X6. With a curb weight of 5,115 pounds, the new M50i is significantly heavier than the 4,784-pound, six-cylinder xDrive40i, but its quick-twitch demeanor off the line, taut suspension, and light steering hide that fact. The twin-turbo V8 cranks out gobs of power readily available across the rev range, thanks to a consistently decisive and accurate eight-speed transmission standard on every X6. Throttle tip-in is early, steady and even, and a full stab will snuggle the driver into the seatback. BMW’s official 0-to-60-mph claim is 4.1 seconds. With “manual” mode activated, sturdy paddle shifters call upon calm, quick shifts. An aggressive but contained soundtrack alerts passengers and passersby of something feisty under the hood and exudes the X6's intended impression. The steering characteristics, unfortunately, do not match the thrilling powertrain or the emotional design. While light and easy to maneuver, there’s a bit of a dead spot on center, and turn-in is a little lazy. A tinge of road vibration comes through the wheel, possibly due to the 22-inch wheels, but the overall feel is numb and disconnected. Pick up the speed, and the steering’s indecisive nature becomes more apparent. The anonymous and inconsistent progression can leave you second-guessing or correcting during the middle of a turn. It’s a shame because the chassis handles itself with aplomb. Equipped with the Adaptive M Suspension Pro, Integral Active Steering, and Active Roll Stabilization, the X6 M50i feels completely at home putzing around unkempt roads, stretching out on highway runs, or under duress on a track. The ride is relaxed but firm, comfortable but not plush. Bumps serve as suspension fodder, and body motion is minimized to levels unexpected from a hefty crossover. Pushed around corners or halted by the strong M Sport brakes, the X6 gives up a bit of roll but stays impressively flat. Compared to the outgoing model, the new X6 is an inch longer, 0.7 inch shorter, 0.6 inch wider, and rides on a 1.6-inch longer wheelbase. Despite these changes, interior space is basically the same apart from a welcome uptick in headroom – always an issue …
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Engine 3.0L I-6
MPG 20 City / 26 Hwy
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 8-spd w/OD
Power 335 @ 5500 rpm
Drivetrain xDrive all wheel
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