2020 BMW X6 review: A marvel made by the sum of its parts

2020 BMW X6 review: For all the bulk it comes with, the sporting flair of this SUV is hard to ignore. Add luxury to the mix, and you have a state-of-the-art BMW. Did you just say this one's in its third generation? Don't waste your time on useless details

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It has found its fame in the annuls of BMW sales charts across the world and its mentions in debates about the one reproachable idea of a luxury SUV, but the BMW X6 has prevailed, inspired, and is constantly out to set the standard for a segment that it owns flagship rights for. The Audi Q8 and the Porsche Cayenne Coupe could have trudged ahead but they’re always turning to the X6 to define the yardstick of what’s good and what’s allowed in a luxurious coupe-SUV mashup. And this is why we’re excited to tell you about the BMW X6, a rather handsome renegade that packs a memorably gritty punch.

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If one were asked to imagine an SUV coupe a couple of decades ago, we’d have awkwardly managed to appease our meagre understanding of what should be SUV and what should be coupe in a monstrosity as such. Cut to 2007 and we saw how BMW rolled in the X6 with its own pride and pomp. The 2020 variant made no concessions in the style department. The front gets bolder with BMW’s signature grille getting rigged with optional illumination, a curvaceous top, and a broad and burly body. The rear struck us as a rather revolutionary cut that seems sleeker and higher. 

The car looks magnificent as it drives under city lights during pre-dawn prowls, with the high-gloss Shadow Line casting its blinding glint into the night. The headlamps have blue inserts in them for range, while the rear has L-shaped taillights that nearly stretch out to the middle. 

The BMW X6 has become longer — 26mm longer than its predecessor, to be precise. This means it has ample room within. Everything feels BMW-like — premium and proper. A massive 12.3-inch touchscreen display with gesture control occupies the dash, hardly seeming like a space-hog, in spite of its large size. You can wave your arms before the system to switch tracks or toggle the volume, thereby saving you the trouble and risk of looking for non-tactile buttons when you’re busy dealing with annoying city traffic. 

The M Sport steering wheel adds to the feel of sportiness that the X6 generously exudes. Other creature comforts for the cabin-dwellers include the dynamic, adjustable Sport seats for the front passengers with impressive thigh-support and ergonomics, the awe-inspiring Welcome Light Carpet that greets you with abandon, the sheer luxury feel of the Crafted Clarity fine crystal that sheaths the gear selector and key controls, temperature-controlled cupholders, and more. 

Your entertainment needs are tended to with the Harman Kardon Surround Sound System that packs a 464Watt digital amp with 9 channels and 16 speakers. Rear occupants can enjoy Blu-ray content on the two 10.2-inch touch screens that can also access USB content. 

bmw x6 side

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BMW spoils your senses with the Ambient Air Package that dispenses spellbinding scents within the cabin via an air ionisation function, a feature that is gradually becoming a standard in this segment. The roominess and comfort make it an ideal pick for a family of four.

The BMW X6 xDrive40i runs on a 3.0-litre, in-line, 6-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. What you can expect from this is 340hp  delivered via an 8-speed torque-converter automatic that commands all four wheels. It is extremely comfortable to drive the X6 in the city or across the highway. The intelligent BMW xDrive all-wheel system optimises the settings for maximum traction, optimal driving dynamics, and safety. It is a great ally for drivers who constantly question the viability of large performance vehicles when dealing with turns. The Driving Experience Control offers handy modes that are more responsive and respond to your needs in real-time. 

The COMFORT mode is a great pick for daily commutes, while the ECO mode calms your apprehensions about the rising fuel prices. The real magic lies in the SPORT mode that makes your drive more dynamic. 

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The Adaptive M Suspension can be electronically adjusted to suit the conditions you are driving it. So whether it’s an expansive expressway or a bad city road, you can rest assured that you wouldn’t be struggling with the handling of the X6. 

And then there’s more value. You get the BMW Virtual Assistant to help you with the bare basics about the car and keeps you on top of things. The Parking Assistant Plus gives you a handy surround view of your vehicle while trying to reverse or fitting into cramped spots. The Head-Up Display helps you keep your eyes on the road by projecting key information onto your windshield. 

Albeit, for its price, BMW could have thrown in Blind Spot Detection, which is always handy when you’re manoeuvring such a large vehicle. Four-zone air conditioning also seems to be missing. 

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bmw x6 steering

The 2020 BMW X6 is an exciting addition to a category of SUV coupes that have been long-normalised. While there isn’t too much path-breaking happening here, it’s the smaller things that matter. Things like the Panoramic Glass Roof that stretches along the arching roof and ability to have your coffee heated or your iced tea cooled, and the fact that you can load up the massive trunk and head out with the folkers without packing balm. The 2020 X6 is truly the sum of its parts. 

Engine: 2993cc, turbocharged petrol

Power: 335.25bhp@5500-6500

0 to 100kmph: 5.5 seconds

Max Torque: 450Nm @1500-5200

Top speed: 250 kmph

Transmission: 8-speed Automatic AWD

Price: Rs96.90 Lakh

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