Ryan ZumMallen has worked in the automotive industry since 2012. He has written thousands of car-related articles and tested and reviewed hundreds of vehicles over the course of his career. Ryan has also contributed to Road & Track, Autoweek, Trucks.com and more. In 2019, Ryan published his first book, Slow Car Fast, on the millennial generation and its unique take on modern car culture.
Strong acceleration from both engines
Comfortable and quiet ride
Sloping roofline cuts down on cargo space
Rear visibility is less than ideal
Limited rear headroom
Minor changes to feature availability and option packages
Part of the third X6 generation introduced for 2020
How strong is the demand for luxury SUVs? So strong that it has branched off into a collection of fastback-style "coupe" SUVs to provide a stylish — yet less practical — alternative to standard versions. The BMW X6 is the originator of the trend, and more than a decade after it debuted, the X6 is still a standout choice among competition from Audi, Porsche and, of course, Mercedes.
Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2021 BMW X6 M50i 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $4.32 per gallon for premium unleaded in Virginia.
One can never accuse the X6 of getting lost in a crowd. It has one of the most rakish rooflines of all the coupe SUVs, and compared with the X5 on which it is based, the X6's styling cues seem to shout rather than whisper. Fortunately, BMW backs it up with two powerful engine options and a wide array of available performance upgrades. Inside, the X6 is more conservative and emphasizes high-end materials and numerous standard features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Should you get an X6? Logic says you should get an X5 instead; it's less expensive and more practical. But the whole point of the X6 is to appeal to your emotions, and on that front it's certainly a success.
Which X6 does Edmunds recommend?
Take your pick from the rear-wheel-drive sDrive40i or the all-wheel-drive xDrive40i. These trims come well equipped and are both comfortable and fun to drive on the road. They're also priced well below the V8-powered M50i and give you more budgetary room to tailor your X6 with options such as the Executive package and Driving Assistance Professional package.
2021 BMW X6 models
The BMW X6 is a four-door coupe-style SUV, meaning it has a sporty sloping roofline on a midsize crossover SUV body. It is available in three trims: sDrive40i, xDrive40i and M50i. All models are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Standard features on the base rear-wheel-drive model include:
Adaptive LED headlights
Turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine (335 horsepower, 330 lb-ft of torque)
12.3-inch center infotainment touchscreen
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
Power-adjustable steering wheel
Power-adjustable front seats with lumbar support
Heated front sport seats
Automatic climate control
Standard safety equipment includes:
Blind-spot monitoring (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
This trim includes all the standard equipment above and adds all-wheel drive.
Love the ride, firm but comfortable. Double personality, and never out of power. Fuel economy not as bad for an 8 cylinder: up to 24 mpg of highway drive. Love it !
5 out of 5 stars
A Sexy Road Beast! M50i
2021 BMW X6 M50i 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)
Total performance is nothing short of outstanding. The X6 M50i maintains a high standard of performance for anyone looking for luxury, power, and sex appeal. This X6 M50i continually maintains a high state of operational and material readiness.