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2020 BMW X6 M Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Brian Wong

Competes with: Mercedes-AMG GLE63, Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Looks like: A slightly aggro X5 or X6

Drivetrain: 600-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 with 553 pounds-feet of torque (617 hp with Competition Package); eight-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Spring 2020

Price: $106,095 for X5 M; $109,595 for X6 M (prices include a destination charge)

The mad scientists at BMW’s performance division have turned their gaze to another pair of SUVs, the X5 and X6, both of which will don that telltale “M” for the 2020 model year.

Related: 2019 BMW X5 Review: Excellent SUV, Iffy BMW

BMW’s SUVs can be grouped up into pairs that share many of the same mechanical parts and a wheelbase, with a more conventional-shaped SUV alongside a coupelike counterpart. The X1/X2, X3/X4 and, here, the X5/X6 all function the same way, so it makes sense that we’re seeing these two introduced together.

Both the X5 M and X6 M will offer Competition packages, which add $9,000 to their respective $106,095 and $109,595 base prices, offering more power and an increased top speed, among other features.

Exterior

Both the X5 M and X6 M look like more aggressive versions of their non-M counterparts. It’s easiest to pick them out from the front, where they feature larger lower air intakes and blacked-out grilles. The rear ends feature a large diffuser and integrated quad exhaust pipes. Twenty-one-inch light-alloy double-spoke wheels with wider rear tires are also...

Competes with: Mercedes-AMG GLE63, Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Looks like: A slightly aggro X5 or X6

Drivetrain: 600-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 with 553 pounds-feet of torque (617 hp with Competition Package); eight-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Spring 2020

Price: $106,095 for X5 M; $109,595 for X6 M (prices include a destination charge)

The mad scientists at BMW’s performance division have turned their gaze to another pair of SUVs, the X5 and X6, both of which will don that telltale “M” for the 2020 model year.

Related: 2019 BMW X5 Review: Excellent SUV, Iffy BMW

BMW’s SUVs can be grouped up into pairs that share many of the same mechanical parts and a wheelbase, with a more conventional-shaped SUV alongside a coupelike counterpart. The X1/X2, X3/X4 and, here, the X5/X6 all function the same way, so it makes sense that we’re seeing these two introduced together.

Both the X5 M and X6 M will offer Competition packages, which add $9,000 to their respective $106,095 and $109,595 base prices, offering more power and an increased top speed, among other features.

Exterior

Both the X5 M and X6 M look like more aggressive versions of their non-M counterparts. It’s easiest to pick them out from the front, where they feature larger lower air intakes and blacked-out grilles. The rear ends feature a large diffuser and integrated quad exhaust pipes. Twenty-one-inch light-alloy double-spoke wheels with wider rear tires are also standard. The X5 M has a rear roof spoiler, while the X6 M has two spoilers — one on the roof and one on the lower portion of the tailgate.

Competition models add black finish to the grille surround, mirror caps, model badging, rear diffuser trim and exhaust tailpipes. Also available as a no-cost option for Competition models are staggered 21-inch front and 22-inch rear wheels (these offset wheels are optional on non-Competition models).

Interior

Small accents along the interior let you know that you’re not in a regular SUV, with splashes of red on M control buttons along the center console, steering wheel and gearshift lever. That’s in addition to red, blue and white stitching on the steering wheel and gearshift lever.

These models don’t just add on go-fast parts, they also boast a more robust list of standard features. A 12.3-inch instrument cluster display is standard, which matches in size the 12.3-inch center multimedia display. Also standard are navigation, two USB type-C ports, Merino leather upholstery, carbon-fiber trim pieces, a panoramic sunroof, ambient interior lighting, premium Harman Kardon audio and a head-up display.

An Executive Package is available, which adds soft-close automatic doors, remote engine start, front massaging, heated and ventilated seats, and laser headlights.

Under the Hood

The X5 M and X6 M share a 600-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 that makes 553 pounds-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive come standard. Zero-to-60 mph passes by in just 3.8 seconds, a blistering time for vehicles that weigh around 5,400 pounds.

Besides oodles of power, the vehicles also offer standard M Sport differential and adaptive suspension, along with speed-sensitive, variable-ratio steering. There are the requisite selectable drive modes — Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus, in this case — but there are also additional Comfort and Sport settings for the brakes.

Opting for the Competition Package bumps the engine’s horsepower figure up to 617 and adds an M Sport exhaust system. Also available is an M Driver’s Package, which raises the vehicle’s top speed from 155 mph to 177 mph and (thankfully) includes driver training at one of BMW’s performance centers.

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Safety

BMW’s full suite of safety technology can be found on both of these vehicles. Standard safety features include blind spot warnings, forward automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure warning, Back-Up Assistant (which will back the car out on the exact path it drove forward into), parking sensors and a 360-degree camera system.

The Driving Assistance Professional Package is available and it rounds out the safety systems by adding adaptive cruise control, BMW’s Extended Traffic Jam Assistant, lane keep assist and front cross-traffic alert, among other features.

The X5 M and X6 M will roll out to dealerships together in the spring of 2020.

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Recalls

The 2020 BMW X6 M currently has 0 recalls


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Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by BMW

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The X6 M received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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