Specifications of BMW X6 (G06) 40i (333 HP) MHEV xDrive Steptronic
General characteristics of BMW X6 (G06) 40i (333 HP) MHEV xDrive Steptronic
The 2023 X6 xDrive40i makes the most of its 335-hp/331-lb-ft turbocharged inline-six to provide scintillating performance. Its 5.3-second sprint to 60 mph is more than fast enough for most people and makes it the pick of the bunch. Its handling dynamics are truly impressive, and though it doesn't handle like a sports car, every BMW X6 review so far has remarked on how agile and pointy it feels for such a large and heavy SUV. Importantly, the ride remains absorbent enough for it to double as passenger transport - an important SUV remit. The M50i is considerably more hardcore, with its twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8's 523 hp and 553 lb-ft slingshotting it to 60 mph in a fraction over four seconds. If you must have a very rapid X6, take this over the X6 M, because despite a busier ride, the M50i still manages to smooth off the sharp edges of road imperfections, unlike the far more expensive M that threatens to rearrange your spinal column. It's still plenty fast and hauls through corners flatly and with highly impressive composure, if you do that sort of thing with your SUV.
A coupe-styled SUV is compromised and trades practicality for swoopy styling. So, first and foremost as an SUV, we would rate the X6 behind the X5 for this reason. However, the X6 does very well among like-minded SUVs, and it is decently roomy inside, even if an Audi Q8 beats it on not only rear head- and legroom, but trunk space as well. You pay a price for that sloping roofline. Whether you like BMW's rendition of what a coupe SUV is supposed to look like is up to you, but when it comes to a driving experience befitting the dramatic looks, the tables are turned and the X6 shows the Q8 the way by providing a more dynamic drive. Despite being nearly 100 hp down and $8k cheaper than a GLE 53 Coupe, the X6 xDrive40i accelerates just as quickly as the Merc and is faster than the similarly priced Audi, while using significantly less fuel than both. It's the sweet spot in the lineup. The M50i is a big step up in price at nearly $90k, but over at Porsche, you'll pay at least $25k more for comparable performance, while the Audi S Q8 is more expensive too, making the X6 a great, high-value performance coupe SUV in this class.