2020 BMW X6 xDrive40i: Same Look, Improved Performance

Michael Cimaricar and driver

If the BMW X6 can teach us anything as it enters its third generation with the 2020 model year, sacrificing some practicality for a funky tilted-roof silhouette isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Of course, you have to love the way the X6 looks just fine with the loss of rear headroom and the extra $5,400 that the X6 is asking over the X5. If you buy an X6, know that its almost sporty look is almost in line with its sporty performance and performance.

HIGHS: Smooth and powerful powertrain, rich interior, and all premium X5 bits.

The X6 xDrive40i engine, in its all-wheel-drive V6 variant, operates somewhat like a larger, raised 3-Series. Well, the Series 3 is much larger with an extra 1,000 pounds and way more body rolls into corners. We know that sounds bad, which is why we said it. But really, the similarities lie in steering and willingness to turn. On the test track, Pirelli’s standard 20-inch flat-car all-season tires (21 and 22-inch optional) helped spin around the skateboard with a commendable 0.90 grip. That’s more grip than the last X6 xDrive35i model we tested in 2018. We were surprised that the X6 matches the grip of a summer tire skateboard-equipped V-8 equipped with the X5 M50i and is just one hundredth of the 0.91g weight posted by the X6 M50i.

Michael Cimaricar and driver

Refinements of the familiar BMW 3.0-liter turbocharged six-engine with 35 horsepower and a 30 pound improvement. Paired with an eight-speed automatic, the 335-horsepower engine rockets the X6 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and burns out the quarter mile in 13.4 seconds. This is a full second faster to 60 mph than its predecessor and the feature continues to grow at even higher speeds. By 120 mph, the new X6 has a six-second lead over the old X6.

Low: Polarized appearance, fashion trumps practicality, cost more than X5.

There’s a smaller win in the braking numbers as the 4713-pound X6 drops 70 mph in 171 feet, less distance than its predecessor, but the win is a win. In our 75-mph highway fuel economy test, the xDrive40i returned 29 mpg, beating the EPA’s 3 mpg highway rating.

Michael Cimaricar and driver

Our test car with the lighter options came to us for less than $4,500 versus a tested price of $72,020. Most of its options can be omitted without affecting the xDrive40i’s performance, including the white metallic paint job ($550), the parking assistance package ($700), and the premium package ($2,300), which adds gesture control (as you wave your hand into the dashboard). to adjust radio volume and the like), four-zone automatic climate control, remote start, wireless charging tray. Like the X5 it depends on, the interior is elegant and functional and the outside windshield is spacious. The comfort of the front seat and the sitting position are just right. The only difference inside is the smaller view out from the rear window and reduced headroom in the rear seat.

Manufacturers often charge more for coupes with deformed SUVs and that’s exactly what BMW is doing here. Fashion comes at a higher price, this is a fact of life that not even TJ Maxx can change. The success of the sloped-top SUV means that BMW is now selling SUV oddities in every size from the X6, to the slightly smaller X4, all the way to the compact X2. Charging more for a less practical design in a car should sound strange to us. However, if you like the look of the X6 more than the flat-top X5, this latest version at least offers a significant performance boost over its predecessor.

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2020 BMW X6 xDrive40i

Vehicle Type
Front engine, 4WD, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

Price as tested
$72,020 (base price: $67,595)

Engine type
Turbocharged and intercooler DOHC 24 valves inline 6, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
183 inches32998 cm3
335 HP @ 6000 RPM
330 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

8 speed automatic

Suspension (F / R): Multi-link / Multi-link
Brakes (F/R): 13.7″ ventilated disc / 13.6″ ventilated disc
Tires: Pirelli Scorpion Zero All Season Run Flat, 275/45-R20110H M+S ★

Wheelbase: 117.1 in
Length: 194.8 inches
Width: 78.9 inches
Height: 66.3 inches
Passenger size: 100 feet3
Payload size: 27 feet3
Empty vehicle weight: 4713 lbs

grandfather Test results
Subtraction, one foot: 0.2 seconds
60 mph: 4.7 seconds
100 mph: 12.7 seconds
130 mph: 25.1 seconds
Rolling start, 5 to 60 mph: 5.7 seconds
Top speed, 30-50 mph: 2.8 seconds
Top speed, 50-70 mph: 3.6 seconds
¼ mile: 13.4 sec @ 102 mph
Top speed (limited governor): 131 mph
Braking, 70 – 0 mph: 171 ft
Road Skateboard, 300ft Dia: 0.90g

grandfather fuel economy
Observed: 20 mpg
75 mpg highway driving: 29 mpg
Highway range: 630 miles

Fuel economy by the Environmental Protection Agency
Pool/city/highway: 22/20/26 mpg

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