2019 BMW X6 M

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2019 BMW X6 M Review: The hunchback of the Nurburgring

The 2019 X6 M is part of the second generation X6 range, which was first introduced with the 2015 model year. It's a mid-size luxury SUV with distinctive coupe styling that is both loved and hated in the motoring world. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and the fact that Mercedes-Benz has copied the X6 shape with their GLE Coupe speaks volumes. The X6 M is the top of the range performance model in the range with a crazy 567 horsepower turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine bristling under the hood, and an eight-speed automatic transmission for easy driving. It's renowned for jaw-dropping performance, as well as its luxurious interior, although suffering from limited rearward visibility and woeful fuel economy. How does it compare to rivals like the GLE 63 AMG and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo?

Read in this review:

  • Exterior Design 6 /10
  • Performance 10 /10
  • Fuel Economy 5 /10
  • Interior & Cargo 6 /10
  • Infotainment & Features 9 /10
  • Reliability 8 /10
  • Safety 9 /10
  • Value For Money 6 /10
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2019 BMW X6 M Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2018 X6 M?

For 2019 BMW has updated the driver aids to include forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and low-speed automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection as standard features. Apple CarPlay is also now included, but only has a one-year trial, after which new buyers will have to fork out their own subscriptions.

Pros and Cons

  • Breathtaking performance
  • Loaded with technology features
  • Fantastic handling for its size
  • Comfortable interior
  • Distinctive looks
  • Limited rear visibility
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Tight rear-passenger and cargo space

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2019 BMW X6 M Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
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Handling and Driving Impressions

For a car with a curb weight of over 5,000 lbs, the handling in the X6 is astonishing. The torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system and sporty suspension setup ensure that the X6 M remains glued to the road no matter what the condition. Even at high speeds and on winding roads, the X6 M is agile and handles more like a sports car than an SUV. One of the drawbacks of its car-like handling is the stiff ride, which is uncommon for most luxury SUVs and is partly due to the low-profile tires. Overall, the firmer ride is a small price to pay for the blistering acceleration and handling and just adds to the sporty appeal overall.

M cars have a distinctive attraction, and the X6 M is no different. The plush interior and comfortable seats make the X6 M a wonderful place to be, and the temptation to put your foot down never goes away. The X6 M isn't merely a family-friendly SUV like it's siblings - although the interior arguably lends itself to it - instead, it's an insane beast that demands to be pushed to its limits.

Verdict: Is the 2019 BMW X6 M A Good SUV?

The X6 M is a special type of car, ideal for drivers looking for thrilling performance, albeit at the expense of practicality. The looks of the X6 M are certainly divisive, and many prospective buyers will probably be drawn to the more conventional X5 M instead. For those who want something different, the X6 M will not only turn heads with its aggressive and unique design, but it will also blow most cars away with its potent performance and surprisingly adept handling. The interior offers plush opulence with attention to detail that will make you feel as though you spent your money well; additionally, it is well-specified with standard features. While it offers mediocre fuel economy, most buyers for this segment have already made peace with the cramped rear seats and limited cargo space. The omission of Android Auto and forced-subscription to Apple CarPlay seems petty, but is actually a rather odd thing to have missed, given the arena in which the X6 M falls. Still, none of these drawbacks can detract from the X6 M's appeal, and it remains a good buy for power-oriented SUV lovers.

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2019 BMW X6 M Comparisons

Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 SUV Mercedes-Benz
Porsche Cayenne Turbo Porsche

2019 BMW X6 M vs Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 SUV

The Mercedes AMG GLE 63 S is the most direct rival to the X6 M in the segment, and pretty much emulated the creation of the SUV coupe. The Mercedes AMG GLE 63 S costs $113,000 to start with, compared to the X6 M's base price of $105,700. The Mercedes has a turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 which makes 577 hp compared to the 567 hp from the X6 M's turbocharged 4.4-liter.

While the AMG GLE 63 S has full versions of both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, it lacks a touchscreen - the BMW offers only subscription to Apple CarPlay. Compared to most AMG models, the interior is a bit disappointing with the cheap plastic on the center of the dash sticking out like a sore thumb. The X6 M has launch control, and the option of a head-up display and night vision, which aren't available on the Mercedes even as optional. The BMW also has more cargo space. While they are both great SUVs with outstanding performance, the X6 M wins because of its better driving dynamics, not to mention cheaper price - but not by much.

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2019 BMW X6 M vs Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Porsche set the cat among the pigeons when it first introduced the Cayenne way back in 2003. It was a game changer in the SUV class and since then, many luxury and sports car companies have jumped onto the SUV bandwagon including Lamborghini, Maserati and Rolls Royce. The third generation Cayenne Turbo makes 550 hp and 567 lb-ft of torque from its turbocharged 4.0 liter V8 and starts at $124,600. In comparison, the 567 hp X6 M starts at $105,700. Both cars have superb handling and are renowned for their comfort. While the BMW interior is extravagant, it's no match for the for the Porsche, which takes elegance to another level. The Cayenne Turbo has a more conventional SUV styling with obvious nods to the 911 range and is more practical than the BMWs polarising sloped back design. They are both great cars, but the Cayenne Turbo feels more special than the BMW thanks to its sports car heritage. At almost $20,000 cheaper, the X6 M is amazing if you are on a budget. If money is no object rather get the Porsche.

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