2021 BMW X6 M50i SUV

MSRP $85,650

Ranked #11 in Suv

8.1

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2021 BMW X6 M50i SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 6, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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BMW X6 is no stranger to the market or the people. The BMW X6 M50i is just a performance-oriented offering of the X6 to the masses. The SUV is powered by a 4.4L Twin-Turbocharged V8 producing a nice 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. It has a beautiful fastback styling for the rear. The M50i mentioned above is the all-wheel drive, while there is also the M40i for the RWD enthusiasts.

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Pros

Very good Acceleration

Silent Ride and great ride quality

Great quality Interior

Cons

Inadequate Boot space

Cramped rear seats

Rear Headroom not enough

What's New?

Inclusion of an Android auto

Few optional features dropped


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$85650

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

268 cu.in.

horsepower

523 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

553 lb.-ft.. @ 1800 rpm

transmission

8 speed Automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

14.4/13.6 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

117.1 in.

length

194.8 in.

width

78.9 in.

height

66.3 in.

curb weight

5115 lbs.

ground clearance

8.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

59.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

7200 lbs.

payload capacity

926 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

12.2 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

50i$85,650 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 BMW X6 M50i SUV in Alpine White color
Alpine White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.9

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.9

Competition

7.0

Final Verdict

8.1

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


The BMW X6 M50i has a price point of $86,250, which makes it trade punches with the cars like the 2021 Audi Q7, 2021 Mercedes GLE-Class, and the 2021 Porsche Cayenne. The segment wasn’t too crowded when the X6 was first introduced and thus could shine, but now it takes quite some more for the X6 to defend its position from the competition.

2021 BMW X6 M50i SUV front view
2021 BMW X6 M50i SUV rear view

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition

8.1/10
Final Verdict


2021 BMW X6 M50i SUV Features

The X6 M50i comes in just one trim and starts at a price of about $86,250. There is just one trim to choose from, but the options for the car are too many. One gets to choose the color of the wheels, exterior, interior while also getting a choice between the different designs of wheels. Few major features available with the SUV are mentioned in the table below.

Trims

X6 M50i

MSRP

$86,250

Key Features

20” Painted Aluminum Wheels

 

Active lane control

 

Adaptive LED headlights

 

Power liftgate using gesture

 

Improved Suspension

 

HUD

 

Full-size Moonroof

 

Rear AC

Which trim should you buy?

This section is actually out of the question since there is just one trim/model on offer for this car, and that is the full feature-rich top-end model. If in case you are ready to shell out more, you might as well choose the options offered for the car and make the deal even better.

2021 BMW X6 M50i SUV Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The power is always something that catches the eye while we look for a car. The power and the performance are usually an oomph factor while we look for a BMW and even more so when we look for the beemers with the M badge. BMW’s M badge is a surety for performance-oriented BMW cars, and the X6 M50i is no exception. There is a magnanimous 4.4L V8 under the hood, which is also turbocharged and gives 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. The SUV touches the 60 mph mark in 4.1 seconds and completes the quarter-mile in 12.7 seconds

2021 BMW X6 M50i SUV engine bay

Models

2021 BMW X6 M50i

2021 Audi Q7

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class

2021 Porsche Cayenne

MSRP

$86,250

$85,000

$78,900

$85,100

Engine

4.4L Twin-Turbocharged V8

4.4L Twin-Turbocharged V8

4.0L Twin-Turbocharged V8

2.9 L Twin-Turbocharged V8

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed Automatic 

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

523 @ 5500

500 @ 5,500

483 @ 5500

434 @ 5,700

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

553 @ 1800

5680 @ 3000 

516 @ 2000

405 @ 1,800

0-60 MPH (seconds)

4.1

5.7

6.6

4.2

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

12.7

N/A

15.1

12.8

Top-Speed (MPH)

177

155

128

164

Porsche is the car producing the least power here thanks to its smaller 2.9L V8 which is twin-turbocharged like the rest of the cars here. Audi Q7 is the only car that at least comes a little close to the X6 M50i’s power figures. The GLE has found a good sweet spot. However, Cayenne comes close to matching the X6’s 0-60 sprint and the quarter-mile time, being only a point one or two seconds off. Both Audi and the Merc with the bigger engine and more power than the Porsche are left in the dust by both the BMW and Porsche.

How well does the 2021 BMW X6 M50i handle?

The few characteristics that define an M car from BMW are power, speed, and handling. Yes, handling is one of the most important priorities of any BMW ‘M’ Car. The X6 M50i is no exception. Handling here is contributed by mainly one aspect, and that would be the steering precision. The car goes where, when, and how you want it to. The fastback coupe styling complements the handling, thanks to the work of aerodynamics. The proper handling helps in getting the most out of the car as it gives you the ability to put more of the engine’s power on the road. The suspension has been made harder and can be adjusted according to the driving mode.

Braking Performance

The courage to drive faster comes only when the braking performance gives us the confidence to push forward. This applies to not just the X6 but to all the cars with such performance. The X6 M50i is a heavy car with a lot of power, and these two don’t always go too well together thanks to the concept of physics we call inertia. In order to give the car a stopping power to match the going power, BMW has given all four wheels disc brakes of 14.4” in the front and 13.6” in the rear.

Models

2021 BMW X6 M50i

2021 Audi Q7

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class

2021 Porsche Cayenne

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

14.4

15.8

14.8

11.5

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

13.6

13.8

13.6

10.5

Curb Weight (lbs)

5115

5082

4794

4802

60-0 (feet)

129

117

169

152

The brakes on the BMW are well and good, but here the Audi outshines the X6 with having the largest brakes among the competition and with the shortest stopping distance from 60-0 mph. The Merc surprisingly is the lightest car here but has the worst braking performance in comparison to the others. The brake size matches the BMW but the stopping distance does not, and the Porsche with the smallest brakes puts on a better show. 

2021 BMW X6 M50i SUV Fuel Economy

7.0/10

A big 4.4L V8 engine and attached with not just one but two turbochargers, how economical does that sound? Definitely not friendly on the fuel money, and that is what we come across when checking the fuel economy of the X6 M50i. The SUV offers 16 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and 18 mpg combined. BMW offers 21.9 gallons of fuel tank capacity, which is the least in the comparison.

Models

2021 BMW X6 M50i

2021 Audi Q7

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class

2021 Porsche Cayenne

MPG (City)

16

15

17

19

MPG (Highway)

22

21

22

21

MPG (Combined)

18

20

19

20

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21.9

22.5

22.5

23.7

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Mercedes turns out really efficient and returns a pretty good 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Porsche, however, is the most efficient car as seen in its figures of 19 mpg in the city, 21 mpg on the highway, and 20 mpg combined. When comparing the fuel tank capacity, Porsche offers the most at 23.7 gallons.

2021 BMW X6 M50i SUV Interior

8.0/10

The interior of a car is really really important as we will spend quite some time inside the car, and that must be a place that feels good. BMW usually fulfills this part really well, but here the deal for the customer is made sweeter with the choice to customize the interior color, seat coloring, and upholstery to suit our liking. When it comes to cargo capacity, the BMW X6 M50i offers a decent 27.4 cubic feet of space.

2021 BMW X6 M50i SUV cockpit area

Models

2021 BMW X6 M50i

2021 Audi Q7

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class

2021 Porsche Cayenne

Seating Capacity

5

7

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.3/60.5/40.3

39.9/59.5/41.7

40.5/59.3/40.3

39.2/57.8/44.3

second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.9/57.9/35.6

38.8/58.5/38.8

36.9/58.3/40.9

N/A

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

N/A

35.9/49.4/29.2

N/A

N/A

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

27.4

14.2

33.3

27.2

Audi is the only car here that can carry 7 people, while the other three are only for 5 people. The X6 gains an advantage over the Merc in terms of rear headroom but loses out in the shoulder and legroom. Audi, however, considering it has 3 rows, the headroom, leg, and shoulder room is at the top of its class. Major interior features include:

  • Front and Rear Heated Seats
  • Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support
  • Leather dashboard
  • Automatic dual-zone front air conditioning
  • Illuminated Driver and passenger vanity mirror
  • Ambient Lighting

What’s there to keep you entertained?

BMW offers us a flowing screen, where one half is for the 12.3-inch infotainment system and the other for the driver information cluster. These displays have great resolution and graphics. The infotainment system now comes with an inbuilt Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

2021 BMW X6 M50i SUV infotainment screen

The iDrive console and the gear knob have been given a glossy finish and the premium speaker setup is now made standard. Major infotainment features include:

  • 12.3” touchscreen information display
  • Dual LED flowing screens
  • Updated IDrive system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Premium speaker setup

2021 BMW X6 M50i SUV Exterior

7.0/10

How can you call a fastback design unattractive? Cars like Mustang and Corvette have at one point in time had a fastback design that made them many times more attractive, and this car too does the same. An even better part of the X6’s design is that it is a practical car. Like all the M cars, the X6 M50i too does not lack the ‘wow’ factor. All in all, the X6 M50i is able to stand out amongst the crowd.

2021 BMW X6 M50i SUV 

Models

2021 BMW X6 M50i

2021 Audi Q7

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class

2021 Porsche Cayenne

Curb Weight (lb)

5115

5082

4794

4802

Length (inches)

194.8

199.6

194.3

193.7

Width (inches)

78.9

77.6

76.7

78.1

Height (inches)

66.3

68.5

70.4

66.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

N/A

7.1

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

117.1

117.9

117.9

114

Porsche Cayenne is the lightest car here and has the shortest wheelbase too, making it an agile car. It is also the car with the smallest length but is comparatively wide. What is surprising is that it turns out taller than the X6. The Q7 turns out to be the longest car, which must not be a surprise considering it seats 7 people and has three rows. Major exterior highlights of the SUV include:

  • Illuminated Kidney Grille
  • Front and rear express glass sunroof
  • adaptive headlights
  • Power liftgate
  • DRLs
  • Cornering Lamps
  • Body-colored door handles

2021 BMW X6 M50i SUV Safety

9.9/10

It takes a lot more than great performance, beautiful styling, interior, exterior, and an exorbitant price tag to prove a car’s reliability. A car's safety has a big role in making it a standout. The X6 M50i has been given quite a number of safety features, and the standout features are: 

  • Anti-Lock Braking System 
  • Parking Distance Control
  • Rear Camera
  • Front and Rear Head protection
  • Adaptive Brake Lights
  • Rollover sensor
  • Impact Sensor 
  • Active Driving Assistant
  • BMW Assist eCall

2021 BMW X6 M50i SUV Competition

7.0/10

2021 BMW X6 M50i vs 2021 Audi Q7

The BMW X6 M50i is more powerful than the Audi Q7 and is mostly better in all aspects, however, the place where the Audi takes home the advantage is the seating capacity and the price. The customers for the latter have more options of trims to choose from, while the X6 M50i is a standalone trim. On a personal note, the M badging is good enough to take the X6 home.

2021 Audi Q7

2021 BMW X6 M50i vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class

The BMW X6 M50i has an upper hand when it comes to power between the two. The X6 also looks stunning in comparison to the GLE. While the X6 provides a good amount of space in the cargo bay, the Mercedes GLE-Class does this better with more space than all the cars mentioned above.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class

2021 BMW X6 M50i vs 2021 Porsche Cayenne

The Porsche Cayenne produces the least power and has the smallest engine, which is nowhere near that of the BMW. But in terms of acceleration and the quarter-mile times, this is the only one out of the three rivals to come close to the BMW. The Porsche Cayenne when driving just feels like every other sports car from Porsche but just bigger.

2021 Porsche Cayenne

 

2021 BMW X6 M50i SUV Final Verdict

8.1/10

The answer is not going to be negative because the X6 has always been on top of the charts in its segment. The price point might be high but buying this car does pay dividends as people turn around to see you arriving in one of these beauties. The fiddling from BMW’s M division gives it even more of a reason to be owned. All in all, the 2021 BMW X6 M50i is a decent pick for the segment.

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