2021 BMW X6 M

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2021 BMW X6 M Review: Hunch-backed And Hot-footed

A sleek, sporty, high-performance luxury crossover may seem like an irrational proposition, but the BMW X6 M is proof that a crossover can be practical and stupidly fun. This is partially thanks to the masterful V8 gas engine resting under the sleek hood, which kicks out 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft. Sent to all four wheels, these outputs are good for a 0-60 mph sprint time of just 3.8 seconds. Of course, it needs the handling dynamics to put all that power to good use, but if anyone knows how to ensure that, it's BMW. Competition is stiff, though, especially with the Audi RS Q8 and Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S on the scene, but BMW knows how to meld performance with luxury and comfort with the best of them. Sure, it has a price tag in the six-figure area, but that's nothing unusual for the segment, and it delivers enough value for the money. But, does it really stand above its rivals?

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2021 BMW X6 M Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 BMW X6 M?

Not much changes for the third-gen BMW in the 2021 model year. The standalone Competition model is replaced by the optional Competition package, and the interior has also seen some changes. You can now expect to find standard SiriusXM with 360L and a one-year all-access subscription, and Android Auto. Items no longer available include the rear-seat entertainment package and night vision with pedestrian detection.

Pros and Cons

  • Incredible straight-line performance
  • Contemporary good looks
  • High-quality, comfortable interior
  • Decent levels of practicality
  • Not sporty despite the powertrain
  • Terrible fuel economy figures
  • Large blind spots demand advanced safety features
  • Expensive with pricey options

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2021 BMW X6 M Trims and Prices

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Base
4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$108,600

X6 M Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 194.5 in
  • Wheelbase 117.0 in
  • Height 66.6 in
  • Max Width 79.5 in
  • Front Width 66.9 in
  • Rear Width 66.5 in
  • Curb Weight 5,060.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Tanzanite Blue II Metallic, Priority 1
  • Ametrin Metallic, Priority 1
  • Dravit Grey Metallic, Priority 1
  • Alpine White
  • Carbon Black Metallic
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Marina Bay Blue Metallic
  • Donington Grey Metallic
  • Manhattan Green Metallic
  • Toronto Red Metallic

X6 M Performance

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Engine and Transmission

The primary selling point of any M model is its powertrain and handling. While it may lack in the latter department, the 2021 X6 M has more than enough power to take your breath away. The 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged 8-cylinder develops 600 hp and 553 lb-ft, which is sent to the standard all-wheel drivetrain via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Add the Competition package and this increases to 617 hp. This allows the heavy midsize crossover to sprint to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The transmission is smooth and never hunts for the right gear, but you can use the manual paddle shifters if you want a bit more involvement. The X6 M feels responsive and will easily overtake, merge, or launch off the line without a fuss. It may not be the most engaging vehicle, but the X6 M SUV is one of the most enjoyable cars in the segment.

  • Engine
    4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

X6 M Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    22.4 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 13/18 mpg
* 2021 BMW X6 M Base AWD

X6 M Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

X6 M Trunk and Cargo Space

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X6 M Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 BMW X6 M a good SUV?

The 2021 BMW X6 M tries to be everything to everyone and, in large part, it succeeds. It's refined and commodious inside, with a respectable trunk that the whole family can use. However, it also has mad levels of power that dare you to put the pedal to the metal to see what it's capable of. While its hefty curb weight shows itself when taking corners at speed, it still comes closer to handling like a sports car than anything this size should. There will be few people you can't overtake on the highway and you'll arrive at work early and in style. Inside, the X6 M SUV is ultra luxurious, living up to its six-figure price tag, and you get oodles of tech as standard. There aren't many customization options, but what few there are cost a bundle.

You won't find a safety rating review of the 2021 BMW X6 M, because cars this expensive simply don't get crash tested. However, the sheer number of advanced safety features that come standard and the reliability history of the brand should put the most neurotic drivers at ease. If you can look past the price of owning one of these beasts, there really is nothing to complain about. It's a quick, practical, and handsome 5-door SUV that runs at the head of the pack, even in the USA, where there are more SUVs to choose from than donut shops on a beat cop's patrol route.

🚗What BMW X6 M Model Should I Buy?

There is only one model to choose from in the X6 M lineup, and it's mostly all-inclusive. Buyers who really want to revel in the performance characteristics of the SUV and show off, may want to review the options list. Here, they can choose to add the Competition Package, which gives the exterior a more aggressive styling overhaul, which includes an M sports exhaust system for that sweet V8 soundtrack. This also slightly improves horsepower to 617 hp and drops the benchmark sprint time down to 3.7 seconds. For those who want to enjoy other types of soundtracks, the 20-speaker Bowers and Wilkins surround sound system is an enticing option. Before you start adding anything, remember that the price of the 2021 BMW X6 M SUV starts at $106,000, not even including registration and destination.

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