Let’s face it, the world is obsessed with SUVs. These family haulers are becoming more and more mainstream, because advance engineering and technology have allowed them to become more fuel efficient and safer. Then you also have companies like BMW who are turning them into rocket ships that are able to outrun super cars from 20 years ago.
I recently got behind the wheel of the BMW X6 M50i. It is BMW’s X6 mid-size coupe (like) SUV, but with a 4.4L twin turbo V8 that produces an impressive 523 horsepower and 553 pounds of torque. All this power means that you can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph faster than a Porsche 911 Cabriolet (4.1 versus 4.2 seconds). It also comes standard with M Sport Brakes, and adaptive M Suspension. For those familiar with the X6 M, this is a slightly tamer and more civilized version. Both vehicles beg you to hit every apex, and produce a nice thunder when you smash the gas pedal.
What I like particularly about the BMW X6 M50i is its composure. Even though you are elevated off the ground when compared with a BMW sedan, the vehicle feels just as well planted to the ground. Turning to a corner is precise, the weight transfer shifting smoothly. The BMW X6 M50i feels significantly lighter than it looks. The weight distribution is close to perfect: 52% front and 48% rear. As long as you give the vehicle tiny bit of throttle around corners, you wont get any understeer or oversteer. All of this is fantastic for an SUV, especially one that weighs over 5,000 pounds.
The “Ultimate Driving” machine, as BMW calls it, wouldn’t be complete without a beautifully crafted interior. The BMW X6 got a refreshed interior for 2020, evolutionary design cues that are more refined and modern. I say evolutionary because it is noticeably different than the previous generation, but long-time BMW drivers will feel at home with familiar ergonomics and a thick steering wheel. The lines are sharper, and the instrument cluster was replaced with a giant display that can be configured to the driver’s preferences. Gone are the old fashion orange gauges with a small display for your tire pressure. You also get an extra large driver oriented infotainment display that is capable of showing two elements at once. As expected with a fully equipped model, my test vehicle featured ultra-soft leather seats with an extending seat pad, real aluminum trim, and an alcantara headliner. I could sit for hours in luxury in the vehicle without getting fatigued in comfort mode. But as soon as you switch to sport mode, your heart starts pumping the vehicle comes to life. This is important when you are on your way to pick up the kids from school. You can get to the school grinning from ear to ear in sport mode, and then relax on the way back in comfort mode. All the while, knowing that your precious cargo in the backseat is safe and sound.
If you ask me, the BMW X6 M50i is the ultimate “dad” SUV: It looks sporty, it drives like a high performance sports sedan, it is very comfortable, it is easy to get in and out of, and it can be had for less than $100k. Plus, it is understated. Most people won’t know you have a massive engine under the hood. And it doesn’t look like you are trying to show off to your employees and friends.
You can learn more about the 2020 BMW X6 M50i by visiting your local dealer or by going to http://www.BMWUSA.com