2020 BMW X6 M50i SUV

MSRP $85,650

Ranked #10 in Midsize Suv

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2020 BMW X6 M50i SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 12, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Coupe SUVs are pretty common these days but the one that set the ball rolling for the whole coupe SUV segment was the BMW X6. Back in the day, when the X6 first came out, it was a big controversy and it received a mixed bag of reactions. However, it was successful, so much so that now with its 2020 model, the X6 enters into its third generation. The third-generation X6 is offered in three variants - the basic X6, X6 M50i, and the X6 M. This review is focused on the 2020 X6 M50i.

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Pros

Brawny powertrain

Plush cabin

Drives like a sports car

Cons

Low second-row headroom

Rear visibility is poor due to the sloping roofline

What's New?

Brand new for 2020 and marks its entry into the 3rd generation 

Completely redesigned exterior

Live Cockpit Professional features two 12.3-inch screens


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 ft-lb. @ 5500 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.4/14 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

3.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

12.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/18/22 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

50i$85,650 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 BMW X6 M50i SUV in Flamenco Red Metallic color
Flamenco Red Metallic

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Ratings

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Competition

6.0

Final Verdict

8.1

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


The X6 M50i sits between the daily drivable X6 and the high-performance X6 M. That means, the X6 M50i gets you the best of both worlds- it's something that you can drive to your work daily and also can have fun with it around the race track. It can zip past the traffic or hit the apex with the same proficiency. And yes, it can also do a bit of mild off-roading. Plus, it gets you the opulence of a luxury sedan and the presence of an SUV. BMW has somehow managed to build a unique package in the form of the X6 M50i.


9.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Competition

8.1/10
Final Verdict


2020 BMW X6 M50i SUV Features

The 2020 BMW X6 M50i is offered with just one trim level and is priced at $86,945. The X6 M50i is now longer, wider, but shorter than its predecessor. The X6 M50i now gets a retuned power plant to make more power. There are plenty of other upgrades on the inside as well, which include but are not limited to a brand new infotainment system, creature comfort features like heated and ventilated seats amongst many others.

Model

X6 M50i

MSRP (AWD)

$86,945

Key Features

20-inch M star-spoke, bi-color alloy wheels

 

Power liftgate

 

Power folding, auto-dimming, heated outside rearview mirrors

 

12-way power-adjustable, heated, and ventilated multi-contour front seats

 

Vernasca leather upholstery

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

16-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system

 

12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display

 

Blind-spot monitoring

 

Forward collision mitigation

Which trim should you buy?

There’s just one trim level for the BMW X6, and hence that’s all you can buy. However, it comes with all the features and creature comforts that one hopes for in an SUV that costs over 80 grand. To further enhance the handling potential of the 2020 X6 M50i, BMW has offered a Dynamic Handling Package. If you need more features inside the cabin, look no further than the Executive Package.

2020 BMW X6 M50i SUV Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2020 BMW X6 M50i is powered by a monstrous 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. The power plant churns out around 523 horses and 553 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox, and power is sent to all four wheels. The engine sounds loud and grumpy, almost like some sports/supercar. The unit is tuned aggressively, and it doesn’t hesitate a moment to pull away as you step on the throttle. The torque converter automatic gearbox is super slick and shifts precisely to meet all your power and torque demands.

When it comes to real-world performance, the X6 M50i is surprisingly quick off the line. The 523 horses shoot the coupe SUV to 60 mph from rest in just 4.1 seconds, while it takes about 12.7 seconds to travel the quarter-mile distance. The top speed of the SUV has been electronically limited to 177 mph, which is better than Porsche Cayenne S Coupe's 163 MPH, and it has all the capacity to offer you a thrilling ride. 

Models

2020 BMW X6 M50i

2020 Audi SQ8 Premium Plus TFSI Quattro

2020 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic

MSRP

$86,945

$89,995

$89,950

$87,850

Engine

4.4 liter, twin-turbo, V8

4 liter, twin-turbo, V8

2.9 liter, twin-turbo, V6

5 liter, supercharged, V8

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

4WD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

523 @ 5500

500 @ 5500

434 @ 5700

518 @ 6000

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

553 @ 1800

568 @ 3000

405 @ 1800

461 @ 2500

0-60 MPH (seconds)

4.1

4.3

4.4

4.8

Quarter mile (seconds)

12.7

13.0

14.4

14.5

Top speed (MPH)

177

N/A

163

N/A

The X6 M50i is the most powerful engine in the competition and is also the fastest vehicle around. The Audi SQ8 makes about 23 horses less than the BMW, and that’s the reason why it is slower than the BMW by a few tenths of a second. The Porsche, on the other hand, uses a smaller V6 unit that makes 434 horses. Credit to its size and weight, the Range Rover is the slowest of the lot. When comparing the price tag, the Audi SQ8 is the most expensive option at $89,995.

How well does the 2020 BMW X6 M50i handle?

BMW doesn’t call the X6 M50i a coupe SUV, but it is marketed as ‘Sports Activity Coupe’ just to highlight the fact this isn’t another swanky SUV. BMW SUVs have always offered a car-like driving experience, and the M lineup has always been about delivering mad performance, and the X6 M50i continues the traditions. This coupe SUV or rather sports activity coupe handles like a sports car and is surprisingly athletic for its size. This thing weighs over 5,000 lbs and yet it is very flickable and super athletic.

Yes, it isn’t the kind of SUV that you take off-roading, but it indeed can handle some mild off-roading. It loves traveling at high speeds. The SUV is very agile and feels very planted when you take it out around at high speeds, again like a sports car. It gets a set of adaptive suspensions and those tweak themselves perfectly for different drives modes and at different driving conditions. The steering wheel is also well weighted, offers ample feedback, and is precise.

Braking Performance

A powerful vehicle needs to have a strong set of brakes, and the X6 M50i isn’t just powerful but is also quite heavy at the same time. This thing weighs over 5,000 lbs, and bringing this one to rest is quite a tedious task. However, the brakes of the BMW do the job really well. When brakes are hit at 60 mph, the coupe SUV comes to a complete stop after traveling a distance of about 129 feet, which is pretty decent for a vehicle of its size.

Models

2020 BMW X6 M50i

2020 Audi SQ8 Premium Plus TFSI Quattro

2020 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic

Brake rotors: Front (inches)

14.4

15.8

15.3

15

Brake rotors: Rear (inches)

13.6

13.8

13

14.4

Curb weight (lbs)

5115

5004

4725

5101

60-0 MPH (feet)

129

N/A

N/A

N/A

The BMW is the heaviest car in the competition, but it still has the smallest set of rotors. The Audi’s brakes are the largest; it has 15.8-inch rotors at the front and 13.8-inch rotors at the rear. The Porsche Cayenne S, on the other hand, is the lightest of the lot and gets 15.3-inch rotors at the front and 13-inch rotors at the back. The Land Rover Range Rover Sport stays slightly behind the BMW with a curb weight of 5,101 lbs.

2020 BMW X6 M50i SUV Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Well, when you’re buying a vehicle that makes over 500 horses, then fuel economy isn’t something you should be looking at. To make those 500+ horses, the BMW does need to sip quite a bit of fuel. In the city, the Bimmer can travel about 16 miles on a gallon, while on the highway it can go for about 22 miles. It delivers about 18 MPG combined, which is pretty good considering the SUV’s power, performance, and size. The SUV comes with a fuel tank of 22.4 gallons, resulting in a combined range of 403.2 miles.

Models

2020 BMW X6 M50i

2020 Audi SQ8 Premium Plus TFSI Quattro

2020 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic

MPG (City)

16

15

18

19

MPG (Highway)

22

21

22

22

MPG (Combined)

18

17

19

17

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

22.4

22.5

23.7

27.6

Range (City/Highway/Combined in miles)

358.4/492.8/403.2

337.5/472.5/382.5

426.6/521.4/450.3

524.4/607.2/469.2

The Audi SQ8 and the Range Rover Sport have the lowest fuel economy numbers in the competition and deliver about 17 MPG combined. The Porsche has the highest fuel economy numbers and delivers 19 MPG combined. The 2020 Range Rover redeems itself from being the worst performer in the segment by offering the biggest fuel tank in the competition of 27.6 gallons, which helps it reach the class-leading combined range of 469.2 miles.

2020 BMW X6 M50i SUV Interior

8.0/10

The X6 M50i is balanced between the rather bland X6 and the high-performance X6 M. The interiors of the 2020 BMW X6 M50i also reflect the fact that it sits between the two with a fine balance of performance yet luxurious interior. The quality of materials used and the level of fit and finish as always is top-notch, and you won’t find anything better than this at this price point. Inside the cabin, everything is focused around the driver. At the front, there’s a nice and tall dashboard, partly wrapped in fine leather and partly trimmed with carbon fiber. The center console is trimmed in carbon fiber, but there’s leather and contrast stitching on and around the front armrest. The overall design of the cabin is plush, and yes, it indeed is a nice place to be in.

The seats at the front are quite snug and comfy. These multi-contoured seats can be power adjusted in 12 different ways and come with heating and ventilation function as standard. The amount of space at the front is good, and even tall passengers will not have any problem fitting in. The headroom on the second row is a bit tight though because of the coupe SUV’s sloping roofline. Otherwise, shoulder room and legroom on the rear seats are good and the seats are also quite comfortable. The seats come wrapped in premium Vernasca leather. The cargo bay can fit up to about 27.5 cubic feet of luggage, while with the second row folded down, you can stuff up to about 57 cubic feet of cargo.

Models

2020 BMW X6 M50i

2020 Audi SQ8 Premium Plus TFSI Quattro

2020 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic

Seating capacity

5

5

4

5

Front row (Headroom/Shoulder room/ Legroom in inches)

39.3/60.0/40.4

37.1/59.5/41.6

N/A

39.5/60.7/42.2

Second row (Headroom/Shoulder room/ Legroom in inches)

39.3/57.7/35.7

38.1/58.5/40.2

N/A

39.1/59.5/37

Cargo capacity (cubic feet)

27.4

30.5

22

27.5

All the vehicles in the segment have an equally plush cabin, and they’re all quite luxurious on the inside. The Range Rover Sport’s cabin design feels a little dull compared to the others, but it offers the highest amount of passenger space in the competition. On the other hand, all the coupe SUVs have scant headroom in the second row, and that’s perhaps what is the major drawback of buying a coupe SUV. Audi has the largest cargo capacity on offer, while it is the Porsche that offers the lowest. Key interior features include:

  • Multicontour, a 12-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Vernasca leather upholstery
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Multi-color ambient lighting

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2020 BMW X6 M50i is equipped with BMW’s latest iDrive infotainment system. The system can be operated via a 12.3-inch touchscreen display that sits in the center of the dash or via a rotary dial placed on the center console. The system is well designed and simple to use. The menus and functions are clearly laid out, and all-in-all it is a pretty intuitive system. When it comes to the infotainment features, BMW has left no stone unturned except the inclusion of Android Auto. Key infotainment features include:

  • 16-speaker, 464 watts Harman/Kardon surround sound system
  • HD radio
  • AM/FM radio
  • Apple CarPlay
  • 12.3-inch touchscreen display
  • SiriusXM satellite radio

2020 BMW X6 M50i SUV Exterior

7.0/10

Well, there has always been controversy about coupe SUVs, their shape, and their looks. You may come across people who hate the whole idea of coupe SUVs and dislike the way coupe SUVs look. We, on the other hand, like the way coupe SUVs and the X6 M50i look. The X6 M50i just stands out in the crowd with its unconventional shape and styling and instantly grabs eyeballs.

At the front, there’s a large sculpted bumper along with the signature BMW kidney grille. Then there are those double-barrel headlights along with a sweptback LED DRLs and those look very striking. The SUV has a beefy and aggressive front end. On the side, you get to see those flared wheel arches, and then there’s the sloping roofline which tapers down at the rear. At the back, the trunk opens quite high and has a split taillight setup. There’s a sculpted bumper at the back as well with fake vents, a fake skid plate, and fake dual exhaust tips. Overall, the 2020 BMW X6 M50i is a good-looking car, and it instantly grabs attention.

Models

2020 BMW X6 M50i

2020 Audi SQ8 Premium Plus TFSI Quattro

2020 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic

Curb weight (lbs)

5115

5004

4725

5101

Length (inches)

194.8

196.6

194.2

192.1

Width (inches)

78.9

78.5

78.1

78.1

Height (inches)

66.3

67.2

66

71

Ground clearance (inches)

N/A

N/A

N/A

8.4

Wheelbase (inches)

117.1

117.9

114

115.1

The BMW X6 M50i has the most aggressive coupe proportions in the competition. The Audi SQ8 has a squared-off rear end, and it has a more conventional SUV-like shape. The Cayenne’s shape isn’t very coupe-like either, and Porsche has tried to retain the boxy, SUV-like shape. When comparing the wheelbase of the SUVs in the competition, the Audi SQ8 offers the most at 117.9 inches, followed by BMW's 117.1 inches. Key exterior features include:

  • 20-inch M star-spoke bi-color alloy wheels
  • Runflat tires
  • Express open/close, sliding/tilting, 1st and 2nd-row sunroof with power sunshade
  • Power liftgate
  • Auto on/off aero-composite directionally adaptive LED headlights with LED daytime running lights

2020 BMW X6 M50i SUV Safety

When we have a car worth above $80k, we do expect it to be safe for the passengers, and when the brand is BMW, it becomes easy to trust the machine fully. The safety ratings of the X6 M50i are not available as it hasn’t yet been tested and rated by the IIHS and the NHTSA. However, it gets plenty of safety equipment as standard, and that just highlights that BMW hasn’t compromised on safety. We have listed some standout safety features of the X6 M50i below:

  • Active blind spot detection
  • Frontal collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • City collision mitigation
  • Side impact beams
  • Park distance control with front and rear parking sensors

2020 BMW X6 M50i SUV Competition

6.0/10

2020 BMW X6 M50i vs. 2020 Audi SQ8 Premium Plus TFSI Quattro

The 2020 Audi SQ8 is the X6 M50i closest rival. Both the SUVs are priced closely and come with similar performance specs, although the BMW has a slight edge over the Audi in terms of power and performance. In terms of luxury, opulence, and creature comfort, both the vehicles are again pretty similar to each other, but in our opinion, the SQ8’s cabin has a more futuristic appeal. On the other hand, the BMW looks striking on the outside with its coupe proportions, while the SQ8 fails to stand out and looks like just another Audi SUV.

2020 BMW X6 M50i vs. 2020 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe

The Porsche Cayenne S Coupe's biggest downside is that it isn’t as powerful and fast as the BMW. However, the Porsche feels slightly better than the BMW in terms of opulence and luxury. However, it doesn’t look as rad as the BMW. The BMW is much better than the Cayenne in terms of power, performance, ride, and handling, and even practicality. We see no reason for opting for the Porsche over the BMW, and thus our pick in the competition is the BMW.

2020 BMW X6 M50i vs. Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic

The Range Rover Sport is a classic boxy SUV and is one of the very few SUVs that come with a supercharged engine. The Range Rover isn’t as fast as the BMW, but then the BMW isn’t as off-road capable as the Range Rover. You need to decide the purpose of buying an SUV. If you need a rad and showy SUV, then the BMW is better at it, but if you need an SUV that you’ll take off-roading, then the Range Rover is the one you should be putting your money on.

2020 BMW X6 M50i SUV Final Verdict

8.1/10

Long story short, the BMW X6 M50i is a crazy machine. It looks butch, is sumptuous on the inside, drives brilliantly, and has a very exciting powertrain unit. Yes, it isn’t all that off-road capable and may not offer a very spacious cabin, but that’s not what this SUV is built for. This sports activity coupe is all about being different from the rest, and it is really very good at that. So, if you’re in the market shopping for something different and something unique, then the 2020 BMW X6 M50i is a very good proposition.

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