BMW X6 2020 compared to its predecessor: do you want to upgrade?


It’s been more than a decade since slope-top SUVs became a “thing” and we have the BMW X6 to thank for making the kind of car no one knew they wanted.

Of course, buying an X6 is not and will not be a completely rational purchase. It’s by no means more practical than its X5 sibling, and it will cost you more. The plus side is that you’ll end up getting a car that’s less traditional in appearance, and some buyers are drawn to the idea.

Now, if you’re into the entire SUV Coupe movement, you’ll probably be interested to see how the third-generation of the all-new X6 compares to the older, second-generation model, which has been around for about four years—a much shorter lifecycle compared to the first-generation sedan.

Smarter, less, better?

The all-new X6 has a sharper, more modern aesthetic thanks to details such as new headlights, dual spoilers and taillights on the 8 Series. The front end is also more imposing, but we’re not sure everyone will be happy with the massive grille, but at least it’s not as big as the one in the updated 7th Series.

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In terms of its exterior dimensions, the new X6 is 1 inch (26 mm) longer, 0.6 inches (15 mm) wider and 0.2 inches (6 mm) lower than it was before. The wheelbase has also grown by 1.7 inches (42 mm). However, we wouldn’t bet the overly spacious feel of the second-generation model.

What should come as an upgrade are the (newer) security and convenience features. Back when it debuted, the second generation X6 was one of BMW’s most technologically advanced cars, regardless of its class. Of course, the same can be said about the new crossover, especially when we consider features such as the panoramic glass roof with more than 15,000 highlight points, glass accents, the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond audio system with 20 speakers and so on.

In the US, the 2020 X6 will also be available with the optional Professional Driving Assistance package, which adds Active Cruise Control, Lane Keeping with Active Side Collision Protection, Extended Traffic Jam Assist, and Evasion Assist. The X6 also has rear cross traffic alert, speed limit information, and a forward collision warning system with pedestrian warning and city collision mitigation. Meanwhile, more platforms like blind spot detection, lane departure warning, and rear collision warning are all standard.

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We can also tell you that the new X6 is just as practical as the old model, and both feature a cargo capacity of 20.5 cubic feet (580 liters) with all the seats in place. Fold in what you can and you’ll squeeze an extra 5 liters (0.17 cubic feet) into the volume with the newer model, which can’t be written about at home.

We also don’t see a great deal of separation in terms of performance. Sure, the M50i version is new, as it replaces the old xDrive50i, which has “only” 450 hp (443 hp) compared to the M50i’s 530 PS (523 hp). But if we look at diesel models in particular, such as the xDrive30d or even the M50d, there is not much between them:

2020 X6 xDrive30d (265 hp/261 hp; 620 Nm/457 lb-ft; 0-62 in 6.5 seconds)
2019 X6 xDrive30d (258 hp / 255 hp; 560 Nm / 413 lb-ft; 0-62 in 6.7 seconds)

2020 X6 M50d (400 hp / 395 hp; 760 Nm / 561 lb-ft; 0-62 in 5.2 seconds)
2019 X6 M50d (381 hp / 376 hp; 740 Nm / 546 lb-ft; 0-62 in 5.2 seconds)

It remains to be seen how the 2020 X6’s optional air suspension stacks up against the older version’s adaptive suspension, but it’s natural to suspect that the newer car will drive better, especially since you can also get it with the Dynamic Handling package (active roll stabilization, integrated active steering) , M Sport brakes) or the Off-Road package (air suspension, M Sport rear differential, Off-road modes).

Let’s say you already own an existing X6. Would you consider replacing it with an all-new model, or would you rather turn your attention to something like the Audi Q8 or the new Porsche Cayenne Coupe?

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