The 2016 BMW X6 M – Practicality Redefined

The ‘M’ labeled vehicles from BMW have always fascinated us, for these have been more towards performance combined with practicality. Let’s get to know one more of this ‘M’ tagged SUV from the house of BMW – the X6 M. It can be said as a perfect combination of functionality and performance. It is fast and its handling is immaculate, even on higher speeds. Here is the complete review of the 2016 BMW X6 M, including the overview, features, specifications, price, and much more.



The 2016 BMW X6 M is powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter 8-cylinder engine producing 567 bhp. It gets BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The performance-tuned suspensions make sure the machine achieves greater speeds not only on straight roads, but also on bends. It is known for its high speed, immaculate grip on the road, and the pleasure it delivers. The downsides, however, are the higher price and unavailability of the expected V8 sound. Come, let’s know more about it.

Exterior and Interior

The awe-inducing X6 M gets all the standard exterior and interior features you get in other BMWs. It has a minimum ground clearance of 8.1 inches with wheelbase of 115.5 inches in total. It runs 193.3 inches in length, has a width of 78.3 inches, and stands 66.5 inches tall. It can accommodate 5 people and weighs over 5,000 lbs.

Some of the noticeable external features include express open/close sliding and tilting glass 1st row sunroof with sunshade, body-colored power heated auto-dimming side mirrors with power folding, deep tinted glass, speed-sensitive rain-detecting variable intermittent wipers with heated jets, lip spoiler, fully automatic projector beam high intensity low/high beam daytime running auto-leveling directionally adaptive headlamps with washer and delay-off, front fog lamps, cornering lights, perimeter lights, and LED brakelights.

The interior feels luxurious and has almost all the standard features, including but not limited to front bucket seats, heated front seats, 40-20-40 folding split-bench front-facing fold-forward rear seat, power tilt/telescoping steering column, BMW Online Full Service Internet Access, multi-function seats with lumbar support, steering wheel with auto tilt-away, front & rear cigar lighter(s), ashtray, proximity key for doors and push button start, remote keyless entry with integrated key transmitter, illuminated entry, illuminated ignition switch and panic button, remote releases for proximity trunk, garage door transmitter, cruise control, dual-zone front and rear automatic air conditioning with steering wheel controls, and rear HVAC with separate controls with HVAC including underseat ducts, residual heat recirculation and console ducts.

In addition to the above, you also get illuminated locking glove box, day-night auto-dimming rearview mirror, front and rear map lights, fade-to-off interior lighting, cargo space lights, navigation system, memory settings for driver and passenger seats, door mirrors and steering wheel, and FOB controls for trunk, windows and sunroof.

Added features include a tracker system, smart device integration, perimeter alarm, engine immobilizer, and five 12V DC power outlets.

Entertainment and Infotainment

Standard gauges included are speedometer, odometer, engine coolant temperature, tachometer, trip odometer, trip computer, systems monitor, outside temperature, and analog display.

In the name of entertainment, it features a radio along with AM/FM stereo with seek-scan; in-dash mounted single CD, MP3 player, clock, speed-compensated volume control, auxiliary audio input jack, steering-mounted controls, voice activation, radio data system, Weatherband, and 20 GB internal memory. In addition, you also get a satellite radio with 1-year subscription, Harman/Kardon surround sound system, enhanced USB & Bluetooth, 16 speakers, 600w regular amplifier, graphic equalizer, audio theft deterrent, wireless streaming, and 1 LCD monitor in the front displaying real-time traffic.

Engine and Performance

As mentioned above, the X6 M is extremely powerful, agile, and handles amazingly on curves.

This 4-door all-wheel-drive SUV carries a 4.4-liter 8-cylinder twin-turbo under its hood, producing 567 bhp at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 553 lb-ft at 2,200 rpm combined to 8-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode.

It can reach from 0 mph to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and can attain top speed of 160 mph.

Fuel Economy

The 2016 BMW X6 M has an approximate fuel tank capacity of 22.4 gallons, taking its highway cruising range to nearly 425 miles. The estimated fuel economy on highways is 19 mpg and within city is 14 mpg. The combined fuel economy comes out to be 16 mpg.

Safety Features

The X6 M carries all the standard safety features including, but not limited to regenerative 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-wheel ABS, front & rear vented discs, brake assist, hill descent control, hill hold control, electric parking brake, power heated auto-dimming side mirrors with power folding, fully automatic projector beam high intensity low/high beam daytime running auto-leveling directionally adaptive headlamps with washer and delay-off, Dsc-X Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Roll Stability Control (RSC) along with ABS and Driveline Traction Control.

For added safety, you get side impact beams, dual-stage driver and passenger seat-mounted side airbags, BMW Assist eCall Emergency S.O.S., front and rear parking sensors, tire-specific low tire pressure warning, dual-stage driver and passenger front airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, and a back-up camera.

Optional safety features/packages include Driver Assistance Plus, Executive Package, and Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection.

Price and Availability

The 2016 BMW X6 M is on an expensive side, but not much compared to its prime competitors. It has a base price of $103,195. This, obviously, does not include any optional package or insurance.

Final Verdict

As mentioned above, the 2016 BMW X6 M is slightly on a pricier side, which is one of its downside. Though it is value for money, but most of the competitors are priced almost within the same bracket, which means you have ample to choose from when it comes to spending $100,000 and buying a performance-oriented mid-size crossover. Though we recommend the X6 M, but you can always have a look at some of the other cars of this segment.

The considerable alternatives include Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE63 S Couple 4MATIC, Porsche Cayenne Turbo/Turbo S, and Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged/SVR. One of the more affordable options is the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, priced almost half the X6 M.

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