2020 BMW X6 revealed: price, specs and release date
Everything you need to know about the new BMW X6, the third generation of the car that started the SUV-coupé trend...
On sale Late 2019 Price from £59,340
Few cars divide opinion like the BMW X6. To some, it makes absolutely no sense, because it’s both more expensive and less practical than the X5 upon which it’s based, while to others its blend of SUV and coupé styling cues makes it one of the most desirable cars on the planet.
What’s clear, though, is that there are enough people in the latter camp for the X6 to have become a trendsetter, with a host of manufacturers now selling rivals: the Audi Q8 and Mercedes GLE Coupé both owe their existence to it, as does the Range Rover Velar.
This third-generation X6 is BMW’s attempt to fend them off. And to help, the new car has even more dramatic proportions than its predecessors, being longer, wider and lower.
It also features the sort of giant front grille found on the all the latest BMW SUVs, but here it’s pulled out at the sides to emphasise the car’s width. Distinctive laser headlights, which are said to greatly improve visibility, are an option, and full LED tail-lights are standard.
2020 BMW X6 engines and MPG
All X6s get an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a four-wheel drive system that's designed to maximise efficiency by sending all power to the rear wheels when there’s no shortage of traction. Plus, there are four engines available from launch: 3.0-litre and 4.4-litre petrols (badged xDrive40i and M50i respectively) and two 3.0-litre diesels (the 261bhp xDrive30d and 395bhp M50d).
Unsurprisingly, the xDrive30d is the most frugal model in the line-up, averaging up to 46.3mpg in official WLTP tests, yet it can still accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.5sec. At the other extreme, the 523bhp M50i hits 62mph in just 4.3sec and returns a maximum of 27.2mpg on the WLTP cycle.
Whichever you go for, the latest version of BMW’s automatic emergency braking system is standard, with this able to detect pedestrians and cyclists as well as other cars.
2020 BMW X6 interior
Inside the X6, you find a dashboard that’s almost identical to that of the X5, although this is no bad thing, because it means it's built from expensive-feeling materials, including real metal detailing in place of the metal-effect plastic you get in certain rivals.
Plush materials aren’t reserved solely for prominent locations, either; you’ll find attractive, tactile finishes even in places where you wouldn’t normally look.
What’s more, the iDrive infotainment system is the best around. Not only does it feature intuitive menus and respond very quickly, but also you can choose to operate it via a rotary dial, a touchscreen, hand gestures or simply saying “Hey BMW” and then using natural speech instead of preset commands.
The X6’s plunging roofline inevitably means it's not as practical as more conventionally styled SUVs. And its 580-litre boot capacity is even down on direct rivals; the Q8 has room for 605 litres of luggage, for example, and the GLE Coupé 650 litres. However, the X6’s rear seats do at least split and fold in a versatile 40/20/40 arrangement.
2020 BMW X6 price and specs
Prices start at £59,340 for the xDrive30d in Sport spec, which is competitive by the standards of the class. And although it’s still a lot of money, you do get a lot of equipment for that, including metallic paint, leather upholstery, electrically adjustable memory seats, ambient interior lighting and a system that parks the car for you.
In addition, air suspension is fitted to all X6 models, allowing you to lower the ride height to improve handling and ease of loading or raise it to increase ground clearance when off-roading.
M Sport models upgrade the standard 19in alloy wheels to a 21in set and brings a sports exhaust and a host of sporty styling details. If you go for M Sport Performance, you get 22in wheels, an even more dramatic bodykit, bespoke suspension developed by BMW’s M performance division and a Harmon Kardon surround-sound stereo.
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Rivals to the BMW X6:
Mercedes GLE Coupé
It’s got a gutsy diesel engine and a comfortable ride. However, a narrow boot opening limits what you can carry and the interior feels cheap in places.
What Car? rating 3/5
Range Rover Velar
Like the GLE Coupé, the Velar features some disappointing plastics. But go for one of the V6 models and it's as cosseting and quiet as you could want.
What Car? rating 4/5
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Porsche Cayenne Coupé
As well as its rakish rear-end design, the latest addition to Porsche's SUV line-up features a shallower windscreen and wider bumpers than the regular Cayenne.
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