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2020 BMW X6 review, test drive

The unique coupé-SUV, BMW’s X6 was radical for its time. Launched in 2008, it break...

The unique coupé-SUV, BMW’s X6 was radical for its time. Launched in 2008, it break up view ideal down the middle, with some even questioning its very existence. Today, however, the X6 is more widely recognized and is largely credited with obtaining kick-begun an all-new segment. It is also been a achievement for BMW, which to date has offered around four,50,000 X6s.

The X6 class, as it should be identified as in deference, is really popular in India way too. Rivals include things like Audi’s Q8, the thriving Mercedes GLE Coupé and now even Porsche’s Cayenne Coupé. Does the new BMW X6 have plenty of muscle mass to consider on its rivals? 



Intended to shock, like the unique, with a distinctive variation on BMW’s existing SUV design language, the 2020 model is sharp-reduce, forward-looking, and in element, distinctly of the upcoming. This is most clear from the sq.-rigged rear, which appears to be like hewn from a solid block of granite. Adding definition are the prolonged, L-shaped tail-lamps, and numerous levels that catch the light.

Blue inserts in headlight indicate prolonged-vary laser lights.

About the facet, the reduced roof gets your interest, and then up front, yet again, the interaction amongst the huge stand-up grille, the large-eyed headlamps and numerous surfaces and angles will work nicely. It is not for everybody, but it plainly has its fair share of fans out there. BMW’s signature grille can now also be experienced with illumination, if you like that type of factor.

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Larger sized and more upright kidney grille can be illuminated.

When it arrives to measurement, with a size of four,935mm, the new X6 is 26mm lengthier than the earlier a single. The wheelbase is stretched by 42mm, at two,975mm, and it is also 15mm broader and 6mm decrease. While the X-Line variation gets air suspension, this M Sport variation has regular coil springs for a sportier generate.

A Issue OF Sport

The X6 xDrive40i is driven by BMW’s 3.-litre, in-line, 6-cylinder turbocharged petrol device. Offering 340hp, it arrives mated to an 8-speed torque-converter automated and sends electric power to all four wheels through BMW’s electronically managed xDrive all-wheel-generate process.

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Electricity shipping and delivery of the straight-6 engine is very linear.

Despite its bulk, the X6 makes light operate of visitors. The 40i engine is significantly smooth in procedure. It responds positively when you tap the accelerator, and ZF’s 8-speed gearbox is both of those, silky smooth and super swift. Place your foot down and the BMW even accelerates in an remarkable way, winding up the powerband with all the electrical power of a naturally aspirated engine, and pulling it all the way to the redline feels a serious treat.

While performance is more than suitable, that thrilling and quick spike you get on some significant turbo engines in the mid vary when you mash put your foot down is lacking. Merc’s 435hp AMG GLE 53, for instance, responds in a more emotive way when you hit the fuel for guaranteed, some of the punch down to the electrical torque fill. It is not that the X6 feels calm or laid back again, it is just that the electric power shipping and delivery is so linear and progressive, you pass up the sharp ramp up in performance you get with a spikier electric power shipping and delivery.

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340hp 6 is smooth and likes to rev.

The X6 is swift versus the clock when you compare claimed occasions. It is half-a-second more quickly to 100kph than Porsche’s Cayenne Coupé and only .2sec slower than Merc’s considerably more effective AMG 53 and the BMW is 60kg heavier way too, at two,310kg.

When we analyzed it on our fuel, and in our warmer problems, the X6 even ran the -100kph in five.89sec, with 150kph coming up in 12.6sec and 180kph in 19.3sec. It will guaranteed make for a crushingly helpful prolonged-distance companion, a single that can consider our weak streets in its stride.

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The significant SUV does the -100kph sprint in five.89sec.

There is a little bit of a rigid edge to the trip, however, in particular at reduced speed. On its M-Spec coil springs and adjustable dampers, it feels a little bit significant footed way too when using by way of bumps. Nevertheless, as you go a little bit a lot quicker, up from going for walks speeds, comfort and ease concentrations strengthen and the springs take in more and more of the road underneath. And then the bumps really don’t really upset the composure really as a lot. There is also a little bit of tyre sound in the X6 at larger speeds.

We’ve generally been amazed by how nicely the X6 corners for all its bulk, and this is accurate of the new a single as nicely. There is a meaty directness to the steering that impresses straight off the bat. It turns into corners positively and although there is some body roll as you pile on the speed, the X6 generally feels agile and responsive. In truth, dive harder into corners, carry more speed earlier the apex, and somewhat than the handling falling apart and acquiring sloppy, the X6 appears to be to tighten up and truly feel even more agile. The superbly setup electronically assisted differential at the rear does a ton to goad you on. While handling and driver enjoyment are plainly a move up on other coupé-SUVs in this class, it have to be stated that Porsche’s Cayenne Coupé feels more agile, lithe and more motor vehicle-like to generate.

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The trip is a little bit rigid on the 20-inch wheels at reduced speeds.


Climb up to the cabin of the new X6 and it is the large width that gets your interest the much-facet doorway pad appears to be a mile away. And then, predictably, what you get immersed in up coming is the significant-high quality cabin the acres of double-stitched leather-based, the precision-built interesting metallic inserts, the nicely-completed plastics buttons and the stylish chrome. In truth, there isn’t a terribly built little bit of trim obvious anyplace, preserve for the location of plastic that surrounds the equipment lever. The 12.3- inch touchscreen gets gesture control, which is terrific for swapping to the up coming observe or altering the quantity by just waving your hand close to, and does not that M Sport steering wheel with its metallic spokes and thick leather-based rim hit the place? You even get heated or cooled cup holders, a huge elbow box and arch-like doorway handles that mirror the design of the centre console. Even the large front seats have the ideal blend of assistance and suppleness, which makes them great for day-prolonged journeys.

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Screen is sharp gets gesture control.

Those people in the second row now also profit from included leg and shoulder room, thanks to the increased space. The rear seat, put reduced thanks to the tight-fitting roof, however, isn’t really as at ease. There is masses of legroom, the supportive backrest is nicely reclined and visibility from the rear seat is also first rate, but you are sat a little bit knees-up, and that is a lot less than ideal. Despite the space-saver spare below the flooring of the boot, potential remains at 580 litres (sixty five litres much less than the X5), increasing to 1,530 litres with the 40/20/20 seats folded.

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There is plenty of shoulder and leg room in the back again, but you are sat reduced thanks to the reduced roofline.

With the M Sport spec, you also get M-certain steel pedals, a fruitier M Sport exhaust process, automobile significant-beam switching, a panoramic sunroof, blinds on the rear windows, wireless Apple Car or truck Perform (but no Android Vehicle), a 32GB difficult generate and a grille that opens and closes on the fly, among several, several other points.


Focused at customers looking for a luxurious SUV that has more than a little bit of sporting flair, the X6 hits the place. BMW’s 3rd-gen coupé- SUV has its own unique appear, the cabin is superbly built and put with each other, it is nicely geared up and, for all its bulk, it even drives in an very sporty way. What spots it in direction of the prime of its class, however, is the Rs 96.nine lakh value tag. While that’s a significant pile of cash by any typical, its rivals are a lot dearer. Mercedes’ GLE 53 prices Rs 1.20 crore, Porsche’s Cayenne Coupé goes for Rs 1.32 crore and even the value-revised Audi Q8 prices Rs ninety nine lakh. We simply cannot explain to for guaranteed right until we do a whole-blown comparison, but BMW’s new X6 surely appears to be to be an odds-on favorite. Those people intrigued in a luxurious coupé-SUV with a sporty edge, make guaranteed you give it a prolonged, difficult appear. 

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