November 23, 2020


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2020 BMW X6 M Competition review: Fast and stylish with a dash of practicality

Are you in the market place for a high-functionality SUV with a fast roofline? Is the 600-horsepower BMW X6 M not fairly enough? Well, never be concerned, BMW has just the issue: the 2020 BMW X6 M Level of competition, which presents a touch much more electrical power, tighter chassis tuning and a little much more design, far too.


  • Significant functionality chops
  • Trendy with respectable practicality
  • Cushy interior

Will not Like

  • Uncommunicative steering
  • Can be extremely complex
  • Substantial blind spots

A mightier X6 M

Like its squared-off X5 M Level of competition sibling, the X6 M Level of competition packs considerable firepower less than its hood. BMW’s acquainted 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 is here, packing 617 horsepower. Torque matches that of the non-Level of competition model, checking in at 553 pound-ft accessible in between 1,800 and five,690 rpm.

Flick the motor into its Activity or Activity Furthermore environment and functionality is enough, with zero quibbles about strengthen lag. Fall the hammer and the X6 M Level of competition romps to sixty mph in 3.7 seconds, which is a person-tenth of a second more quickly than the normal X6 M. Triple-digit speeds happen in a hurry, and will ultimately leading out at 177 mph with accessible M Driver’s Deal, the two-method energetic exhaust system putting out a grumble all the whilst. Without the need of the Driver’s Deal, points quit pulling at just 155 mph.

Routing electrical power by way of the M-tuned, rear-biased all-wheel-travel system is an eight-pace computerized transmission. As typical, the ZF-sourced gearbox goes about its business seamlessly, ripping off swift and nicely-timed shifts in entire-computerized method, and presents respectable up- and downshifts in guide method most of the time. At times, you can find a break up-second hold off when I summon a reduce gear with the left change paddle.

No doubt, you can find no lack of muscle mass in the Level of competition for the street, or even a racetrack if an owner decides to toss the swoopy people today-mover on a person for whichever cause. For high-load conditions like that, the drivetrain need to preserve its neat, delivering regular functionality with the enable of six radiators, four drinking water pumps and a committed transmission cooler.

But what is similarly critical is that the drivetrain does have a kinder, gentler facet. Choose the Performance environment and the X6 moves together in a respectable fashion. It is quiet, the transmission shorter shifting up gears for best fuel economy, returning an EPA-approximated thirteen miles for each gallon in the metropolis and 18 mpg on the freeway. In the course of a 7 days of mixed driving on surface streets and expressway operates, I observed fifteen mpg, matching the EPA’s mixed-cycle ranking. Not accurately tree-hugging concentrations of performance, but not horrific, all points thought of.

A twin-turbo V8 with 617 horsepower and 553 pound-ft of torque make the X6 M Level of competition a pretty fast runner.

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Dynamic possibilities

If you imagine the Competition’s motor and transmission supply a ton of adjustability, wait around until finally you dive into the chassis menus. For these who like to tinker, they are going to enjoy the ability to manipulate the three-method dampers, two-method steering and two-method brakes individually of a person yet another. I personally imagine which is overkill, and like-minded people can nonetheless just punch up a preprogrammed profile for everything and roll out.

Dial everything up to entire kill and the X6 handles nicely for a tall hatchback, weighing in at five,375 lbs .. You will find an suitable sum of physique change at flip in, as nicely as noticeable dive less than braking. The mammoth, staggered 295/35ZR21 front and 315/30ZR22 rear Michelin Pilot Activity 4S tires provide all the grip anyone will responsibly need to have for spirited street driving.

The X6’s steering is wherever BMW drops the ball. In the Activity environment, it presents some bodyweight, but is missing out when it comes to experience and comments. Getting two brake functionality profiles is also fascinating — the Activity environment can make it tough to brake efficiently on the street. But you can find a ton of braking electrical power on supply, with six-piston front calipers biting down on huge previous fifteen.five-inch vented and cross-drilled rotors and single-piston rear calipers with 14.9-inch vented and drilled discs.

Much better dealing with by way of huge tires and brakes.

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Like the drivetrain, when you are not fully heading for it the chassis can be calm. Place everything in Consolation and the ride high-quality softens to smooth out compact impacts. You can nonetheless listen to audible thuds from most of the enlargement joins you occur throughout on the huge tires, while. Steering bodyweight lightens with a slight hold off in reaction off centre which is high-quality for puttering close to city. And the brake pedal presents much greater ability to modulate halting electrical power for smoother braking. 

M looks

To visually backup its rousing functionality qualifications and established alone apart from lesser versions, the X6 M wears an exceptional front bumper with more substantial air ingestion openings, a bigger kidney grille with black bars, flared wheel arches, M front fender gills, aero facet mirrors and a rear diffuser with quad exhaust outlets. The Level of competition usually takes points a compact step additional with wonderful M star-spoke wheels and black badging, mirror caps, rear diffuser and exhaust pipes.

There are some initially-course luxurious appointments inside, far too. The Level of competition comes regular with entire Merino leather-based on the seats and dashboard, M steering wheel and shifter, with tri-coloration accent stitching, carbon fiber trim, an Alcantara headliner and panoramic sunroof. My test car also athletics supremely comfortable and supportive M front seats with three-phase heating and air flow, and a massage function which is good to have on journeys both very long and shorter. Even the front cup holders are heated and cooled.

Not only are the Competition’s seats heated and cooled, but they are massaging, far too.

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Minus the huge blind spots because of to the X6’s fast roofline, the cabin presents tons of overall flexibility. Place is serviceable for occupants in front and back again, with enough headroom nonetheless for normal-top grownups in the rear. You will find plenty of cubbies to stash things and generous cargo-carrying capability. Whilst the trunk spot just isn’t as tall as the X5, it is nonetheless deep, providing 27.4 cubic ft of house, which grows to fifty nine.six with the back again seats down.

Sturdy tech hand

On the engineering front, the M Level of competition is packed entire of it. Infotainment facilities close to BMW’s iDrive 7 software package on a 12.3-inch centre touchscreen, which can also be managed by way of the dial on the centre console or gesture controls. It is bought navigation, an optional Bowers & Wilkins encompass-audio set up, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay abilities. And since it is the most up-to-date iDrive 7 system, it will also be ready to run wireless Android Auto quickly. Whilst it may well be frustrating at initially, iDrive is a responsive and intuitive interface to work by way of with vibrant graphics.

BMW’s iDrive 7 infotainment system will quickly be ready to run Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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You will find also no lack of electrical power points sprinkled all over the X6’s interior, with a wireless charge pad, USB-A, USB-C and 12-volt sockets simply obtainable to people in front. Persons in the rear have a 12-volt outlet on the back again of the centre console that really need to be a few of USB ports as a substitute currently.

The driver-assistance menu is also sizable. Blind-spot checking helps with the X6’s mondo sightline difficulties, and lane-departure warning, ahead-collision warning with computerized crisis braking, rear cross-site visitors warn, parking sensors and a 360-diploma digital camera are regular fare. Matters like adaptive cruise control, lane-preserve guide, energetic facet collision security and BMW’s Prolonged Targeted traffic Jam Assistant — which can accelerate, steer and quit the car at underneath forty mph in large site visitors conditions — are accessible.

How I might spec it

If my heart was dead-established on a X6 M Level of competition, which has a $9,000 cost quality in excess of the regular X6 M, I might resist the urge to get far too carried absent with possibilities. A Marina Bay Blue metallic paint position is a no-value hue, as is the black and Midrand Beige interior combo. The lone option box I will test is for the $3,600 Govt Deal since massaging heated and cooled front seats and distant motor commence are worth it. All in, my Level of competition rings in at $122,195, together with $995 for spot, to undercut the $131,745 test car you see pictured here.

With a nutritious amount of possibilities, this X6 M Level of competition will value you $131,745.

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A slight letdown

Indeed, the 2020 X6 M Level of competition is the most powerful and able X6 BMW has built to day. Toss in the simple fact that the third-technology X6 is the best on the lookout a person still (admittedly, not a pretty high bar) and athletics a cushy interior chock entire of creature comforts, and it can make it an fantastic and pretty fast day-to-day driver. But as entertaining as stomping the throttle and capturing nicely earlier posted pace boundaries is, this X6 just isn’t extremely entertaining or gratifying to drive tricky and really travel. For anyone on the lookout for an working experience like that, something in the Porsche Cayenne Coupe lineup will serve them greater.