The 2018 The BMW X6 M stands tall like an SUV, and its four doors and liftgate seem to offer utility SUVs. But that is an illusion because this high-performance sportback makes short concessions to practicality.
Like other BMW M division models, the X6 M handles day-to-day driving tasks with style and luxury, but also turns fast with just a footing in the pedal gas. It reaches 60 mph less than 4 seconds, faster than the BMW M4 sport coupe. Whether you need an SUV with so much power is not important. It’s best to admire engines that can take you to the highway in peace or to jail with excessive speed.
Trim and Features
The 2018 BMW X6 M is a five-passenger high-performance midsize luxury SUV. It’s offered in a single, well-equipped trim level.
Standard equipment includes high-performance tires, 21-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, adaptive headlights, a rear air suspension, front and rear parking sensors, roof rails, a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, adaptive cruise control and keyless entry.
Inside, you’ll get heated four-zone climate control, front seats, a leather-wrapped dash, 40/20/40-split folding rear seatbacks, aluminum trim accents and ambient cabin lighting. Standard tech features include a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio, a 10.2-inch touchscreen display with a touchpad-equipped controller, a navigation system, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system with HD and satellite radio, and BMW suite of smartphone-integrated connected services called ConnectedDrive.
Like other BMW models, a bundle of options is offered for further personalization. The Executive package adds power-closing doors, adaptive LED headlights, rear side window shades, a heated steering wheel, a head-up information display, a Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless smartphone charging. A suite of safety features includes automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a self-parking system and surround-view cameras.
Stand-alone options for the 2018 BMW X6 M include aluminum-look exterior trim, 20-inch wheels, night vision with pedestrian detection, Apple CarPlay compatibility, a rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens and a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.
The 2018 BMW X6 M is powered by a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine that produces output 567 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission offered and mated to BMW all-wheel-drive system called xDrive.
In performance testing, the 2018 BMW X6 M accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds, which puts it between the 2017 Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne Turbo S when it comes to acceleration. EPA estimated fuel economy at 16 mpg combined (14 city/19 highway).
Inside, the 2018 BMW X6 M passenger cabin offers an undeniable luxurious experience. From stylish designs to high-quality materials to a quiet atmosphere, this is a comfortable space to spend time.
Up front, the 2018 BMW X6 M 18-way power sports seats make it easy to feel comfortable. Due to the sloping rear roofline, in and out of the rear seat is difficult as well as the narrow headroom. It should be noted, although the rear seat is installed for three passengers, it is actually more suitable for two because the highly contoured outboard position means the center seat is just an uncomfortable hump. Visibility from the back can also be a problem.
Gauges, controls and special performance-oriented M instrument cluster is logically arranged and easy to see. Audio and climate controls are intuitive, but the number of buttons can be confusing at first. The iDrive 10.2-inch high-resolution touchscreen is a plus, although the interface does not take long to understand, it requires a little turn of central control buttons to perform common tasks compared to similar systems.
Behind the second row, the 2018 BMW X6 M offers 26.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold all three sections of the 40/20/40-split rear seatbacks will open up 59.7 cubic feet of overall cargo space. This figure is several cubic feet behind other luxury SUVs with conventional square shapes.