Essentially an X5 with a rebellious streak, the BMW X6 competes in the niche midsize luxury fastback SUV segment with the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and Porsche Cayenne Coupe. The BMW's sloped roof gives it a standout design, but limits practicality. For the 2022 model year, the X6 receives minor updates.
We can discuss the questionable design aesthetic of fastback SUVs all day, but at its core, the X6 is compelling. The most interesting variant is the X6 M Competition, whose prodigious power makes the world go blurry and shoves you into the back of your seat as soon as you hit the throttle. Similarly, braking is lightning quick. Its nimble steering belies its 5,000+ pound curb weight. Unfortunately, all that power and performance requires sacrifices to road comfort. This model rides fine over smooth pavement, but roughly over imperfect surfaces. The SUV wasn't quite polished enough to win our Super SUV comparison.
Less of a showstopper is the xDrive40i, which suffers from jerky throttle responses at low speeds. Steering requires lots of little corrections, too. Ride quality on our tester suffered due to the optional 21-inch staggered performance tires.
Although the chopped roof hinders cargo space in the X6, there's still plenty of room back there. We can easily fit four golf bags, or a weekend's worth of luggage for two, in the cargo bay. Up front, drivers and passengers will enjoy a well-appointed cabin. BMW's tricky infotainment system remains a point of contention, however.
The BMW X6 isn't as impractical as it may seem. If you like the look and don't mind the steep price, this SUV is a fun alternative to the X5, particularly in its more potent variants.
All 2022 BMW X6 models feature an eight-speed automatic transmission and AWD.
The xDrive40i features a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine good for 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. When we tested this variant, we clocked a 0-60 mph time of 5.2 seconds. Fuel economy is rated 21/25 mpg.
On the M50i, a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 delivers 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, good for a fuel economy rating of 16/22 mpg.
Step up to the X6 M, and the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 makes 600 hp, or 617 hp when equipped with the Competition package. Regardless, torque is 553 lb-ft and fuel economy comes out to 13/18 mpg. When we launched an X6 M Competition on the track, we hit 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds. We were also impressed with its 60-0 mph braking performance, taking just 102 feet to reach a complete stop.
Standard safety features on the BMW X6 include front collision warning, blind-spot detection, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and front and rear parking sensors. The Driver Assistance Professional package is available with stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and automatic lane changes.
There's no getting around it—the BMW X6 has less interior space than its more traditionally styled counterpart, the X5. Still, the cargo bay feels spacious. Rear headroom is a little tight, however.
The X6 seats up to five people inside its cabin.
Cargo space (behind first/second rows):
2022 BMW X5: 72.3/33.9 cubic feet
2022 BMW X6: 59.6/27.4 cubic feet
Legroom (first/second rows):
2022 BMW X5: 39.8/37.4 inches
2022 BMW X6: 40.4/35.7 inches
Headroom (first/second rows):
2022 BMW X5: 40.8/38.7 inches
2022 BMW X6: 39.3/37.5 inches
The X6 comes standard with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a central touchscreen infotainment system of the same size. Drivers can operate the infotainment system by voice, touchscreen, or touchpad controller. A 10-speaker sound system is standard.
Prices for the BMW X6 are slightly higher than the X5. The X6 xDrive40i starts at around $68,500, while the M50i goes for around $87,000. The X6 M crests six figures at around $110,500.
BMW builds the X6 in Spartanburg, South Carolina, alongside the X3, X4, X5, and X7. This is BMW's largest production plant in the world, and it makes more than 1,500 vehicles a day.
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