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2019 BMW X6

What’s new

  • More advanced driver safety aids are now standard
  • Apple CarPlay is now standard (subscription-based)
  • Part of the second X6 generation introduced for 2015

Pros & Cons

  • Engines provide strong acceleration
  • Comfortable and quiet ride
  • Quality interior with comfortable front seats
  • Sloping roofline cuts down cargo space
  • Hard to see out the back
  • Limited rear headroom
MSRP Range
$63,550 - $78,300
MSRP Starting at
MSRP Range
$63,550 - $78,300
MSRP Range
$63,550 - $78,300

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$63,550 - $78,300
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MSRP Range
$63,550 - $78,300

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Which X6 does Edmunds recommend?

Of the available configurations, we'd go with the rear-wheel-drive sDrive35i or the all-wheel-drive xDrive35i. The 35i's six-cylinder engine is sufficiently powerful, and not splurging on the xDrive50i frees up money to spend on options. We'd get the M Sport Design package for its sportier look and the Dynamic Handling package, which adds adaptive dampers and active roll stabilization. It won't help this SUV's utility deficiency, but it'll definitely maximize its sporting potential.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

6.9 / 10

The 2019 BMW X6 may be called a "coupe" by its makers' marketing wizards, but it's really a five-passenger midsize SUV with the boxy bit at the back chopped off. The resulting fastback-style SUV isn't as useful as a regular midsize SUV or as genuinely sporty as a fastback-style luxury sedan (of which there are now many). Frankly, the X6's compromised nature has never made rational sense to us, going all the way back to the first-generation model introduced more than a decade ago.

And yet, not only has the X6 survived into a second generation, it has spawned a number of copycat competitors. Apparently, there are plenty of folks who are perfectly OK with its practical drawbacks. If that describes you, know that the X6 at least excels in its peculiar niche. It's well-engineered, suitably luxurious and blessed with sensational engines. There's also more standard equipment this year. BMW has made last year's Active Driving Assistant package, which included safety features such as forward collision mitigation and blind-spot monitoring, standard for all X6s.

Of course, you're paying a pretty penny for the X6, so perhaps lots of features should be expected. You're also paying more than a comparably equipped (and more practical) BMW X5, which has been completely redesigned for 2019. The X6 soldiers on using the previous X5's bones for at least another year. That may ultimately mean more to you than the X6's inherent compromises.

2019 BMW X6 models

The 2019 BMW X6 is a five-passenger midsize SUV with a steeply raked tailgate. That earns it the name "coupe" in BMW's book. There are three main configurations, plus the high-performance X6 M that we review separately. The X6 sDrive35i has a turbocharged six-cylinder engine (300 horsepower, 300 pound-feet of torque) and rear-wheel drive. The xDrive35i has the same engine and equipment but gains all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive xDrive50i has a turbocharged V8 (445 hp, 480 lb-ft).

Standard equipment for the most basic 35i versions (BMW attaches the name xLine Design to them) includes 19-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, LED foglights, power-folding mirrors, automatic wipers, a sunroof, a power liftgate, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, power-adjustable and heated front seats, driver-seat memory settings, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat. For 2019, you also get blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems, forward collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning as standard.

Infotainment equipment includes BMW's iDrive interface (a 10.2-inch touchscreen and center console controller), integrated navigation, BMW ConnectedDrive services (including BMW Assist emergency communications) and integrated smartphone apps, and a nine-speaker sound system with a CD player and HD radio. Apple CarPlay is included as well, but only for a year as part of a free trial subscription that must be re-upped.

Stepping up to the xDrive50i gets you the V8 engine, keyless ignition and entry, four-zone automatic climate control, upgraded front seats, upgraded leather upholstery, satellite radio, and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system.

Except for the V8 engine, all of these features are optionally available for the 35i models.

Both 35i and 50i models can be equipped with optional packages (BMW also calls these "Tiers"). The Premium Tier adds surround-view parking cameras, a head-up display, an automated parking system, enhanced USB and Bluetooth system, a Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless smartphone charging. The Executive Tier adds LED headlights, automatic high beams, rear window shades, and soft-close automatic doors.

The Dynamic Handling package includes adaptive suspension dampers with a rear air suspension and active roll stabilization. The Driving Assistance Plus package adds adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality. An M Sport package gives the X6 sportier-looking bodywork and special interior trim.

Many stand-alone options are also included either in the 50i or the Tiers. However, there's also a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a space-saver spare tire, a night-vision system, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the BMW X6 xDrive35i (turbo 3.0L inline-6 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2015, the current X6 has only changed in regards to features availability. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's X6.


Overall6.9 / 10


Engine and transmission performance are big positives for the X6. It's pretty quick for the class, and the engine and transmission are smooth operators. Unfortunately, the steering communicates little back to the driver.


Smooth shifts and a strong-performing engine are what you get with the xDrive35i. In our testing, it covered 0-60 mph in a quick 5.8 seconds.


The brakes felt good around town, with linear action requiring minimal force to engage. They're plenty capable of stopping this hefty SUV. In our simulated-panic stop, the X6 needed just 108 feet from 60 mph, but there was some minor pedal fade after repeated stops.


The X6 goes where you point it, yes, but there's minimal communication to the steering wheel of what the front tires are up to. The effort is too light in Comfort mode, better in Sport. It can feel numb just off-center.


The X6 drives like an SUV. Its height limits some connection between driver and road. Body roll is acceptable. Lots of grip from the summer-rated tires. The Sport suspension mode tightens things up considerably.


The automatic engine stop-start requires a change in driving style to perfect smooth acceleration from a stoplight. With this feature disengaged, though, the X6 is easy to drive.


All-wheel drive and 8.3 inches of ground clearance give this BMW some off-road capability. It can handle gravel and fire roads but isn't designed to venture much deeper off the path than that.


This is an area where the X6 does it right. Ride quality is good for a performance SUV. The adjustable suspension absorbs imperfections of varying sizes with ease. The cabin is very quiet. Seat comfort is excellent up front and acceptable in the rear.

Seat comfort

The front seats are firm yet supportive and quite comfy for the long haul. Thigh support could be better. The rear seats are flat and a bit vertical, though they are acceptably comfortable. The armrests are reasonably soft for all seating positions.

Ride comfort

The X6 does an excellent job soaking up bumps, be they large or small, especially when the suspension is in the Comfort setting. The ride is noticeably firmer and less forgiving in Sport mode.

Noise & vibration

Interior noise is held to a minimum almost regardless of surface. One exception is the exhaust bark on full-throttle upshifts, but we rather enjoy that. It's just enough to remind you of the turbocharged six-cylinder under the hood.


Interior space suffers because of the X6's stylized exterior. The sloping roof limits headroom and rear-seat access. Rearward blind spots are also prominent. Cargo and storage space are merely average, and the rear seatbacks do not fold completely flat.

Ease of use

The centrally located iDrive controller resides at the driver's fingertips. The climate control layout is functional but has too many buttons.

Getting in/getting out

Front-seat access benefits from the X6's height and a wide-opening door. Rear-seat entry is an exercise in flexibility. The door does not open far enough, the opening is too sloped at the roof, and the wheel hump is a hip bruiser.


Most drivers up to 6 feet tall will find plenty of headroom up front. Elbows and knees will be similarly comfy. The back seat offers suitable legroom for adults, but the seat is lower than in an X5 and the roof design limits headroom for taller passengers.


Forward views benefit from lots of glass and the tall ride height. Over-the-shoulder views are limited significantly by thick rear pillars, and the rear window is small.


Build quality is excellent inside and out with no squeaks or rattles. Interior surfaces are soft-touch where they ought to be. The leather is of high quality.


The rear hatch opening is low. The smallish cargo area is aided by underfloor storage. The rear bench seat folds 40/20/40 but not fully flat. The door pockets are usefully large, but the door bottle holders are angled dramatically.


The X6 has BMW's iDrive interface, which has touchscreen functionality (though the screen is smaller than the X5's) in addition to the console-mounted knob. Apple CarPlay is included but only as a one-year subscription.

Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2019 BMW X6.

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    MPG 18 city / 24 hwy
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    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower302 hp @ 5800 rpm
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    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower302 hp @ 5800 rpm
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    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower445 hp @ 5500 rpm
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    Our experts’ favorite X6 safety features:

    Speed Limit Information
    Lets drivers know the speed limit by using a camera to register the posted limit and displaying that data on the instrument panel.
    Active Blind-Spot Detection
    Warns drivers when there are vehicles or objects in the blind spots.
    Active Driving Assistant
    Helps prevent collisions by detecting and warning the driver about an imminent forward collision.

    BMW X6 vs. the competition

    BMW X6 vs. BMW X5

    In prior years, the X6 has essentially been an X5 with a different tailgate design. That's not the case for 2019. The X5 is completely redesigned, while the X6 remains mechanically related to the previous-generation X5. As such, the 2019 X5 is the more advanced vehicle in terms of technology, engineering and design. Its ritzier interior is particularly noticeable.

    Compare BMW X6 & BMW X5 features

    BMW X6 vs. BMW X4

    Do you like the X6's SUV fastback look but wish it didn't cost quite so much? Well, you'll get just that with the X4. It's also based on a more utilitarian BMW SUV (the X3). But unlike the X6, the X4 is up-to-date with its sibling. You'll be looking at less space in the X4, and there's no V8 model available, but there's plenty of sportiness to be found in its X4 M40i trim level.

    Compare BMW X6 & BMW X4 features

    BMW X6 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe

    The GLE Coupe is the X6's primary competitor. It also has the fastback-style SUV look. And much like the X6, it is based on a version of a regular midsize SUV model (the Mercedes GLE). You'll get more space in the GLE Coupe, but otherwise these two vehicles are quite comparable.

    Compare BMW X6 & Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe features
    Is the BMW X6 a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 X6 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 6.9 out of 10. You probably care about BMW X6 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the X6 gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg to 20 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the X6 has 26.6 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a BMW X6. Learn more
    What's new in the 2019 BMW X6?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 BMW X6:

    • More advanced driver safety aids are now standard
    • Apple CarPlay is now standard (subscription-based)
    • Part of the second X6 generation introduced for 2015
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    Is the BMW X6 reliable?
    To determine whether the BMW X6 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the X6. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the X6's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2019 BMW X6 a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 BMW X6 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2019 X6 and gave it a 6.9 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 X6 is a good car for you. Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2019 BMW X6?

    The least-expensive 2019 BMW X6 is the 2019 BMW X6 sDrive35i 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $63,550.

    Other versions include:

    • xDrive35i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $65,850
    • sDrive35i 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $63,550
    • xDrive50i 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $78,300
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    What are the different models of BMW X6?
    If you're interested in the BMW X6, the next question is, which X6 model is right for you? X6 variants include xDrive35i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), sDrive35i 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and xDrive50i 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of X6 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2019 BMW X6

    Available with two engines and two trims, the 2019 BMW X6 is a fairly straightforward build-out. It comes well equipped even in base form, but part of the experience of high-end vehicle ownership is customizing it as you like.

    The base X6 sDrive35i (rear-wheel-drive) and xDrive35i (all-wheel-drive) come with most of the features you'd want. Some standout standard features include a sunroof, automatic climate control, ambient lighting, navigation, LED foglights, and a digital instrument cluster. However, the 2019 X6 also includes accident avoidance tech as standard equipment, such as forward collision and lane departure warning systems.

    Buyers who want the X6 at its most expressive should consider the M Sport package, which offers more aggressive bodywork, wheels and special interior pieces. For an added luxury-car level experience, buyers can opt for the Executive package. It includes soft-close doors, a head-up display, a surround-view camera system and adaptive LED headlights.

    Stand-alone options are numerous. Audiophiles can upgrade to a Bang & Olufsen sound system, and frequent night drivers can equip their X6s with a pedestrian-detecting night-vision system.

    If price sensitivity factors into your purchasing decision, consider the X6's more traditional sibling, the X5. Comparably built, it's less expensive and, unlike the X6, it was completely redesigned this year. On the other hand, if you're smitten with the X6's sports-car-meets-SUV looks and want the absolute best in handling, consider the BMW X6 M with an aggressive V8 powertrain and suspension. Whichever variant you choose, let Edmunds help you build and buy the perfect 2019 BMW X6 for you.

    2019 BMW X6 Overview

    The 2019 BMW X6 is offered in the following submodels: X6 SUV. Available styles include xDrive35i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), sDrive35i 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and xDrive50i 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A).

    What do people think of the 2019 BMW X6?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 BMW X6 and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 X6.

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    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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