2024 BMW X6 xDrive40i Review | Iconic Profile Doesn’t Need Much To Stand Out

Words and Photos by Atif Kazmi for Por Homme

Carving its niche as the progenitor of the SUV coupe category, the X6 beckons drivers seeking a blend of athleticism and refinement. Since its inception, the BMW X6 has challenged conventions, igniting debates and captivating enthusiasts with its distinctive silhouette. It’s a true love it or hate it scenario. Me? I love it. And the latest generation’s one of the few cars out there that don’t need higher trim or an M badge to look. It just does its thing, even at standstill. 

Now in its third generation, the 2024 iteration definitely brings with it a much-welcomed revitalization, boasting refined aesthetics, enhanced technology, and potent powertrains. Embracing the ethos of form meeting function, the X6 exudes a charisma that transcends traditional SUV norms, inviting admiration and curiosity in equal measure.

Exterior Design

The 2024 BMW X6 xDrive40i leads with that sleek silhouette with a sloping roofline and revised styling elements. LED lighting enhances visibility and aesthetics, while sculpted body lines optimize performance. While some folks feel the coupe-like roofline may compromise rear visibility and passenger headroom, and even reduce cargo space, we say there’s an X5 you should check out. For us, we’re willing to give up a bit of the more practical touches for a look that commands such a tremendous amount of presence.

Interior Design

The interior of the 2024 BMW X6 xDrive40i boasts high-quality materials and advanced technology. On the plus side, it is a luxury car without a doubt due to its impeccably crafted cabin with a curved digital display, panoramic sunroof, and intuitive infotainment system. It also has 12-volt power supplies in the first and second rows as well as the rear, electric front sports seats, an M Sport leather steering wheel, and keyless entry and start with BMW’s NFC key card. However, the coupe-inspired roofline may compromise rear passenger space, and glossy surfaces can cause glare. There’s also limited customization options compared to competitors in its class.

Performance

At the core of the X6 xDrive40i lies a redesigned inline-six engine, meticulously engineered to deliver exceptional performance on demand. This turbocharged powerplant churns out impressive power and torque figures, providing ample acceleration and responsiveness across a wide range of driving scenarios. With 375 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque on tap, the X6 boasts formidable straight-line performance, effortlessly conquering highways and city streets alike.

Prospective buyers will appreciate the seamless transition between electric and combustion power, as well as the added smoothness and responsiveness afforded by the mild hybrid system. Whether cruising on the open road or navigating urban traffic, the X6 delivers a refined and engaging driving experience that prioritizes both performance and efficiency.

Driving Experience

Behind the wheel, drivers will appreciate the X6’s precise steering and nimble agility, which instills confidence whether navigating tight corners or cruising on the highway. Acceleration is brisk and effortless, courtesy of the potent inline-six engine and seamless eight-speed automatic transmission, ensuring swift overtakes and spirited driving maneuvers. Additionally, the adaptive sport-tuned suspension strikes a balance between ride comfort and dynamic performance, delivering a smooth and controlled experience over varying road surfaces. However, some drivers may find the ride quality to be on the firmer side, particularly over rough terrain, and the X6’s coupe-like profile limits its off-road capability. We suspect that most owners won’t even go off pavement let alone off-road.

The 2024 BMW X6 prices starts at $144,900 for the xDrive40i variant, with options and packages allowing for personalized customization. Whether navigating city streets or conquering open highways, the X6 delivers an unparalleled driving experience. For more information, please visit the official BMW website.

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