2021 BMW X6


2021 BMW X6 Review: The Original Prevails

Coupe-styled crossover SUVs are booming in popularity in the USA - Americans just seem to have an obdurate compulsion to get behind the steering wheel of the latest cars the automotive industry has to offer, no matter the cost. The X6 was the first crossover vehicle from BMW to have donned the unconventional form but it wasn't welcomed very positively by Bimmer enthusiasts for its fastback styling and compromised practicality, and not much has changed for the 2021 BMW X6. It retains its controversial design but now has to uphold its acclaim against numerous other luxury coupe-cross SUVs such as the Porsche Cayenne Coupe, Mercedes-AMG GLE-Class Coupe, and the Audi Q8. With the choice of either a 335-horsepower turbocharged 6-cylinder engine or a 523-hp twin-turbo V8 unit, the X6 certainly has the proficiency to impress even the disgruntled BMW fanatics. Its fastback design is charming to many and its modern, well-built, and featureful interior is sure to impress. It's not a very frugal 5-door family cruiser, however, and it's design does come at the cost of rear passenger headroom and trunk cargo space.

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

As the X6 SUV was completely redesigned for the 2020 model year as a third-generation iteration, it rolls into 2021 with just a sprinkling of new inclusive features and a few less. BMW has augmented the 2021 X6's inline-6 mill with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system and has finally introduced Android Auto to the iDrive 7.0 infotainment system as a standard application. The M50i now comes standard with remote start and front-seat ventilation. Prior features deleted from the current options list include the night vision with pedestrian detection system, acoustic glass installation, glass interior controls, and rear-entertainment system.

Pros and Cons

  • New, more authoritative aesthetic
  • Classy and contemporary interior
  • Rapid but orderly acceleration
  • Poised handling and plenty of grip
  • Consummate official safety rating
  • Steering is numb and overly reticent
  • Digital driver display is perplexing
  • Coupe roofline cuts into headroom
  • Cargo capacity is also compromised
  • Mediocre fuel economy returns

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2021 BMW X6 Trims and Prices

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive

X6 Exterior

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  • Length 194.8 in
  • Wheelbase 117.1 in
  • Height 66.3 in
  • Max Width 78.9 in
  • Curb Weight 4,687.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Arctic Gray Metallic
  • Manhattan Green Metallic
  • Dark Graphite Metallic
  • Carbon Black Metallic
  • Phytonic Blue Metallic
  • Flamenco Red Metallic
  • Sparkling Brown Metallic
  • Tanzanite Blue II Metallic, Priority 1.
  • Ametrin Metallic, Priority 1.
  • Dravit Grey Metallic, Priority 1.
  • Alpine White
  • Jet Black

X6 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

Under the sharp and commanding hoods of both the sDrive40i and xDrive40i is a 3.0-liter turbo inline-6 gas engine that's been modulated to produce up to 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. The unit utilizes an 8-speed automatic transmission to forward those outputs through to the sDrive40i's rear-wheel drivetrain and the xDrive40i's all-wheel drivetrain. The powertrain, as a whole, works exceptionally well in the large X6 SUV - providing ample power throughout the engine's rev range. If you're looking for real performance, the M50i X6 is the version to go for with its 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8. This engine develops a more raucous 523 hp and 553 lb-ft, which can launch the X6 from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. Spec in the trailer package and the X6 is accorded a 7,200-pound max towing capacity.

  • Engines
    3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas, 4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

X6 Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    22.4 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 21/26 mpg
* 2021 BMW X6 sDrive40i RWD

X6 Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity

X6 Trunk and Cargo Space

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X6 Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 80,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

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

Americans have numerous reasons as to why they want to own an SUV, whether it be their aesthetics, drivability, or versatility and practicality. So, while the X6 SUV may be intrinsically flawed with its coupe-styled rear end roofline diminishing rear cabin space and practicality in general, its phenomenal performance showing and contemporary demeanor are still enough to see it sell well. In addition to its proficient and engaging performance and exceptional handling prowess, the X6 also comes standard with an extensive list of the modern features and plenty of customization options. No official US authority has subjected the 2021 BMW X6 to review for its crashworthiness, but the very similar X5 received consummate scores and there are loads of advanced driver aids and safety systems available. It's reliability expectations are pretty decent, too.

As incredible as the X6 is, it is a little difficult to recommend it over the as proficient and far more practical X5 SUV, especially at the 2021 BMW X6 SUV's price of $67,350, which is considerably higher. There isn't anything quite like the X6, however, so if its novelty you want, this pioneering brute of a coupe-esque SUV won't disappoint.

🚗What BMW X6 Model Should I Buy?

The M50i version of the 2021 BMW X6 is a very compelling option with its strapping and burly V8, selection of performance-optimized underpinnings, and its sporty M Sport body kit. It's really expensive at $86,250, but it also comes outfitted with a good selection of additional creature comforts, conveniences, and technology. The front seats of the M50i are designed with sporty driving in mind, featuring a sportier design, added bolstering and support, ventilation, and 18-way power-adjustability. The infotainment system is upgraded with a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround audio system, and there's also quad-zone automatic climate control.

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