Numerology has its quirks, and BMW’s naming convention is no exception. The X5 SUV may be bigger, but the X6, with its sleek roofline, takes the cake when it comes to sheer pizzazz. This sporty vehicle feels like a plush 3 Series, elevated with elegance and grace. Under the hood, the 2023 X6 roars with the power of a 335 horsepower straight-six (40i) engine or a fierce 523 horsepower twin-turbo V8 (M50i). The X6’s performance is as smooth as a bar of shaving cream, leaving you in awe of its sleek and swift drive.
For those seeking ultimate power and performance, the X6 M is the answer to your prayers. With a jaw-dropping 617 horsepower, tested and approved, this beast of a machine will leave you in awe. Although its exterior may have a bit of bulk, the interior is a masterclass in style and functionality. The sleek and sloping roof may compromise on headroom and storage, but for those who appreciate its bold and striking appearance, the X6 M’s premium price point is well worth it over the X5.
What’s new for 2023?
With the 523 horsepower X6 M50i roaring with might and delivering thunderous acceleration, you might be tempted to make it your ultimate ride. But, hold on a moment! While the X6 M50i offers a brawnier sound, is it worth the £20,000 extra price tag? We say, no!
Introducing the sleek and stylish X6 40i – the six-cylinder beast that comes standard with all-wheel drive, making it a wise investment. But wait, there’s more! Upgrade your ride with the M Sport package and transform your X6 40i into a head-turning beauty. With a bold body kit, flashy exterior accents, a revamped exhaust system, a retuned chassis, and a unique steering wheel, you’ll be cruising in style.
So, why settle for just a beefy engine when you can have the whole package? Choose the X6 40i and experience a well-rounded ride that will leave you smiling every time you take it out for a spin.
Indulge in the epitome of comfort with the luxurious seating package. Experience the thrill of fully ventilated front seats, powered to adjust to your every need with the added bonus of a relaxing massage function. Say goodbye to chilly days with the revolutionary climate comfort package, a winter wonderland in your own car. The four-zone automatic climate control will keep you cozy, and the heated seats in both rows, along with a toasty heated steering wheel and armrests, will make you forget the cold.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The X6 40i is a beast of a machine, powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six that roars with 335 horses. This powerful engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, as well as a 48-volt hybrid system for an extra boost. But wait, there’s more! The M50i takes it up a notch with its twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 that delivers 523 horsepower and a whopping 553 pounds of torque. With this kind of power, the M50i hits 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds on our test track, leaving onlookers in awe. And if that’s not enough, the X6 M is the ultimate powerhouse, boasting up to 617 horsepower and reaching even faster speeds. Get ready to experience the thrill of the road with the X6 40i, M50i, and X6 M.
The six-cylinder powerhouse still reigns supreme with lightning-quick speed and a silky smooth ride. The X6 40i and M50i boast adaptable dampers and rim sizes ranging from 20 to 22 inches, enhancing both performance and style. Our test drive of the V8-powered X6 was a thrilling experience with an unwavering cornering grip and stunning stopping power. Despite its firmer suspension, the X6 never lost its comfort, making for a smooth and comfortable ride. The adjustable steering and serene cabin at cruising speeds only added to the overall driving experience.
Towing capacity and payload
The X6 has an impressive towing capacity in a segment where towing capacity is often a low priority. With the optional Towing Package, the maximum towing capacity for the X6 is 7200 pounds.
Fuel consumption and MPG in practice
The X6 40i is a powerhouse with an all-wheel-drive system that boasts an impressive 21 mpg in the city and a thrilling 25 mpg on the open road. But if you’re looking for raw power, look no further than the X6 M50i with its twin-turbocharged V8 engine that roars with a city mpg of 16 and a highway mpg of 22.
Our extensive testing program put the X6 to the test and it exceeded government expectations, achieving a phenomenal 29 mpg on the highway. On the other hand, the M50i, with its brute force, missed its mark by a mere 2 mpg on the same test.
For more information on the X6’s fuel economy and its impressive performance, be sure to visit the EPA website.
Interior, comfort, and cargo
As expected, the X6’s cabin exudes a familiar air of luxury and refinement, epitomizing BMW’s signature style. Premium materials and plush finishes adorn every inch of the interior, while two breathtaking 12.3-inch digital displays take center stage on the dashboard. The instrument panel may dazzle with its futuristic design, but its confusing gauges can leave you scratching your head. Thank goodness for the clarity of the optional head-up display. The rest of the controls are intuitively laid out, making it a breeze to operate the vehicle. BMW’s signature gesture controls, allowing you to control audio system volume with a flick of your hand, may seem like a novelty, but in reality, they’re an unnecessary addition.
With the sleek X6, you’ll enjoy the comfort of 16-way electrically adjustable front seats that are yours to personalize. Whether it’s a warm glow from the individually adjustable ambient lighting or cozy heated seat cushions, you’ll sink into your own oasis with every drive. And, with passive entry, you’ll glide in without ever having to reach for your keys. The X6’s rear seats are plush for two passengers, though legroom and headroom are slightly more snug, measuring two and three inches less respectively, compared to its boxier sibling, the X5. And, although the X6 boasts a sophisticated style, it does come with a minor tradeoff – a more limited cargo space. During our test, it held nine pieces of hand luggage, while the X5 had room for eleven.
infotainment and connectivity
The sleek and sophisticated 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system is the ultimate driving companion, with seamless integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Navigate the system with ease, using traditional buttons, voice commands, a stylish rotary control, or even the magic of hand gestures. The BMW iDrive UI is a marvel of technology, with stunning graphics and lightning-fast responses, but don’t let its beauty distract you – dive into its menus to unlock its full potential. Upgrades are aplenty, with integrated navigation, improved USB ports, wireless charging, and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. For audiophiles, take your listening experience to the next level with the premium Harman/Kardon stereo system, or treat your senses to the ultimate in sound with the Bowers & Wilkins system. The BMW X6 offers an infotainment experience that’s nothing short of extraordinary.
Safety and driver assistance functions
The Bimmer is a luxurious ride equipped with a wealth of standard and customizable driver assistance systems. Discover peace of mind on the road with its cutting-edge safety features, including a standard collision warning and automatic emergency braking system. Be alert and aware with the standard blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert. Upgrade your driving experience with the optional adaptive cruise control featuring stop-and-go technology. To explore the X6’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Drive with confidence in the Bimmer, a vehicle designed with your safety as a top priority.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Unleash the thrill of luxury motoring with BMW’s limited warranties, comparable to the finest in the game – Audi and Mercedes-Benz. But hold on, BMW’s got a secret weapon – one of the finest free maintenance plans in the industry, standing tall alongside the mighty Jaguar.
Drive with peace of mind, knowing you’re protected for four years or 50,000 miles with the limited warranty, and four years or 50,000 miles with the powertrain warranty. And when it comes to upkeep, BMW’s got you covered for three years or 36,000 miles, absolutely free.
Ready for a new ride? Get behind the wheel of the BMW X6 2023 xDrive40i, retailing for a jaw-dropping 72.020 euros. Experience the pinnacle of luxury and performance, only with BMW.