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2020 sDrive40i 4dr 4x2 Sports Activity Coupe
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Price:   -  From $64,300
2020 xDrive40i 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Coupe Price:   -  From $66,600
2020 M50i 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Coupe Price:   -  From $85,650
2020 X6 M Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Sports Activity Coupe Price:   -  From $108,600
2020 X6 M Competition 4dr All-wheel Drive Sports Activity Coupe Price:   -  From $117,600


What's New

The 2020 BMW X6 is an all-new vehicle, built on the same platform as the then-new 2019 BMW X5. Don’t worry, this is the same X6 we all know and love (or hate).

The exterior design has been sharpened, led by a new trapezoidal kidney grille that can light up with the right option selection. The new look is bold, and likely just as polarizing as the old.

The dimensions have grown slightly – the new X6 is wider, lower, and about an inch longer. It’s a mixed blessing. Both rows have a little more leg room than last year, but both have even less head room, and the vehicle’s cargo capacity hasn’t improved much.

Choosing Your BMW X6

BMW offers the X6 in two trims: 40i and M50i. Prices start at $65,295 for the 40i with rear-wheel drive and climb to $86,645 for the all-wheel-drive M50i.

Engine Choices

The engine choices of the X6 follow the lead of its more conventional sibling, the X5. The base engine ought to provide plenty of power for most drivers, but the M50i gets even more.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
3.0L Turbo 6-Cylinder335 hp330 lb-ftNot Yet Rated
4.4L Turbo V8523 hp553 lb-ft18 mpg

All trims use an eight-speed automatic transmission. The EPA hasn’t tested the 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine yet, but don’t expect combined fuel economy to push too far above 20.

The 40i comes standard with rear-wheel drive, known as sDrive in BMW speak. All-wheel drive, or xDrive, is $2,300. BMW’s system is rear-biased, so it sends power to the rear wheels when extra traction isn’t necessary. The rear-wheel-drive sDrive40i gets to 60 mph 0.1 seconds faster than the all-wheel-drive variant, thanks to the latter’s extra weight.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

All X6 models can seat five passengers. The cabin is less roomy than the X5 thanks to that rakishly sloping roofline.

Cargo capacity starts at 27.6 cubic feet and grows to 59.6 cubic feet with the seats down. That’s passable, but it pales in comparison to the 72.3 cubic feet in the X5. The X6 was never about practicality, anyway.


Safety Features

BMW’s usual suite of standard safety tech comes in the X6. It includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and front and rear parking sensors.

Advanced features like adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist are only available through the $1,700 Driving Assistance Professional Package.

As a niche vehicle, the 2019 BMW X6 was not crash tested by federal or independent agencies. We expect the same for the 2020 model.


The X6 gets BMW’s latest infotainment system and a pair of screens for driver information and infotainment, both measuring 12.3 inches. The 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen features a redesigned layout with navigation, HD radio, and two USB ports. Apple CarPlay does come standard, but BMW will make you pay a subscription fee after the first year.

The M50i gets wireless charging and a wi-fi hot spot as standard.


40i - From $65,295

The X6 40i starts with 20-inch rims, leather upholstery, and a newly enlarged panoramic moonroof. Heated front seats, 16-way power front seats, and ambient lighting are also standard, along with LED headlights and keyless entry.

Wireless charging and a wi-fi hot spot come bundled in the Convenience Package ($1,050), which also adds satellite radio and four-zone automatic climate control. If that’s not enough, the Premium Package ($2,300) adds remote start, a head-up display, and gesture control for the infotainment system. Luxurious touches like soft-close doors and heated cupholders are hidden in the pricier Executive Package ($5,600).

The AWD xDrive40i does have a couple extra package options. Most notable is the performance-focused Dynamic Handling Package ($3,650), which adds an electronically controlled differential along with beefed up suspension and brakes. Also included is active rear-wheel steering, which changes the angle of the rear wheels to improve either traction or turn radius.

The same electronic differential comes with the Off-road Package ($3,950), which also adds an air suspension and underbody guard plates. That suspension will raise or lower the car by up to 3 inches depending on how much pavement is underfoot.

Other notable standalone options include softer leather, a night-vision camera, a Harman Kardon audio system, and of course that flashy light-up grille.

M50i - From $86,645

The M50i tops the X6 range. It comes with the powerful V8 engine, but it’s more luxurious as well. All the features in the Convenience Package come standard, as do all the performance upgrades in the Dynamic Handling Package. The interior gets multi-contour sport seats, while the exterior gets exclusive badging and more aggressive accents.

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CarsDirect Tip

It pays to go easy on the options list, or the price of your 2020 BMW X6 can go up in a hurry. We like the Convenience Package and the suspension upgrades available on the xDrive40i, which is luxurious enough for our taste.

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Expert Review

  • Aggressive new styling
  • Standard auto emergency braking
  • M50i achieves 0-60 mph in 4.1s
  • Cargo capacity isn't great
  • Aggressive roofline sacrifices headroom
  • No Android Auto support
Expert Rating
4.2 (Excellent)

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Redesigned but still funky. BMW joined the crossover coupe trend back in 2015 with the arrival of the BMW X6. This sloped-roofed crossover looked funky at the time but has since become relatively common as virtually every luxury automaker released one of these Honda Accord Crosstour wannabes.

The 2020 BMW X6 is all new, but like almost every redesigned BMW, you must look closely to spot all the changes. Up front, the X6 gains a larger grille and a restyled fascia to help boost its sporty glare. Not much changes in profile view other than sharped body lines and new wheels at the corners. Around back, this swoopy crossover takes on a more horizontal approach from its relatively flat spoiler and tailgate lines.

Break out the tape measure, and you’ll find the X6 is longer, lower, and wider than the previous generation, giving BMW designers a larger canvas on which to work their design magic.

Big, bold, and maybe a bit much. There's no mistaking the BMW X6 is bold. Actually, it's probably bordering on polarizing, as there's plenty for buyers to love or hate in the X6’s design. The sloped roofline’s ship has sailed, so we won’t touch on that, but the rest of the redesigned X6 is a tad on the dramatic side, especially its nose.

Up front, the X6 gains a larger example of the BMW kidney grille, and it takes up a lot of real estate, so we hope you’re a fan of the brand's signature grille. Add to this massive grille its light-up option, and it can be a real distraction. Under the grille are massive air inlets that draw the eyes down and outward.

Once you pass the dramatic front end, the rest of the X6 is surprisingly timid and quite palatable. We may have mocked it for the coupe roofline a few years back, but this has become a key segment for nearly every luxury automaker.


Cozy interior, limited head room gets more limited. The BMW X6 is an inch longer than the previous model and has a 1.6-inch-longer wheelbase. This gives its already roomy front seats even more leg room at 40.4 inches. Even the rear seats gain a little extra leg room at 35.7 inches, but it's still a far cry from the Audi Q8’s 40.2 inches of second-row leg room.

Despite growing in most dimensions, the X6 went backward in the one area it could not afford to: head room. In its front seats, it offers 39.3 inches of head room, while the rear seats check in at 37.5 inches. While the former trumps the Q8 by 2.2 inches, the rear head room is 0.6 inches tighter in the X6.

Cargo room is notoriously tight in crossover coupes, but buyers really don’t seem to care. The X6 checks in at 27.4 cubic feet with the seats up and 59.6 with the seats lowered. While that may sound decent, you can put this into perspective by comparing it to the BMW X5 – the X6’s platform-mate – which boasts 33.9 to 72.3 cubes of space. At least it trumps the Q8’s 60.7-cubic-foot cargo max cargo room.

In terms of techology features, the X6 does well with its standard automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors, lane departure warning, 12.3-inch touchscreen, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and Apple CarPlay. What it lacks, though, is standard Android Auto, which the Q8 and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe come standard with.

Power on top of power. The BMW X6 offers a powertrain for everyone, and each performs well. The base 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine injects 335 horsepower and sprints the X6 to 60 mph in about five seconds. Moving up a step puts you in the M50i, which boasts a 523-hp, 4.4-liter turbocharged V8, which sprints the M50i to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds.

The Q8 matches the X6’s 335 hp, but it falls short in straight-line speed at 5.6 seconds to 60 mph. The GLE-Class Coupe offers nothing but AMG-tuned performance variants in the 385-hp AMG GLE 43 Coupe and the 577-hp AMG GLE 63 S Coupe, which sprint to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and 4.1 seconds, respectively.

Final thoughts. There's no sugarcoating this: the 2020 BMW X6 isn't for the faint of heart. Its wild design is for extroverts who don’t mind answering the “what the heck is that?” question in every parking lot. That said, it rewards these wild looks with performance to match, as even the base model will easily smoke the AMG GLE 43 in a straight line – no M badge necessary.

Buyers who need a little off the top in terms of wild styling will find this in the GLE-Class Coupe and Q8. Sure, they're both crossover coupes, so they're naturally eye-grabbing, but they're not nearly as attention hungry as the X6.

One big shortcoming for Android phone owners is the X6’s continued lack of Android Auto support. This has become a huge selling point for many buyers and could be the tiebreaker between the X6 and GLE-Class Coupe or Q8.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L I-6 / 335 HP / 330 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 26 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L I-6 / 335 HP / 330 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 26 / 23 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
21.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
194.8 "
Exterior Width
78.9 "
Exterior Height
66.3 "
Front Headroom
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,687 Lbs.
Wheel Base
117 "
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
20.0 " Silver W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 21.0 " Painted Aluminum / 21.0 " Silver W/painted Accents Aluminum / 21.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 22.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 22.0 " Black Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Body-colored / Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Metal-look / Dark Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish / Stainless Steel With Dark Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Vernasca Leather / Merino Leather
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket / Premium Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
12-way (10-way Power) / (12-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
12-way (10-way Power) / (12-way Power)
Front Armrests
12-way (10-way Power) / (12-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
9 / 16 Harman/kardon / 20 Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Frontal Collision Warning W/city Collision Mitigation Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Active Blind Spot Detection Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure / Active Lane Keeping Assistant Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Extended Traffic Jam Assistant Hands-on (with Lane Change) Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
City Collision Mitigation Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Park Distance Control Front And Rear / Parking Assistant Plus Automated / Active Park Distance Control Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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