For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Range Rover have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The BMW X6 M doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Range Rover are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X6 M doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
The Range Rover offers optional Autonomous Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The X6 M doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.
To help make backing safer, the Range Rover’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The X6 M doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
Both the Range Rover and the X6 M have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.
On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the X6 M (22 city/29 hwy vs. 14 city/19 hwy).
The Range Rover has 5.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the X6 M (27.7 vs. 22.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover offers optional 22-inch wheels. The X6 M’s largest wheels are only 21-inches.
The Range Rover Supercharged/Autobiography has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The X6 M doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.
The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the X6 M, which uses coil springs in front. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
The Range Rover’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The X6 M doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For better maneuverability, the Range Rover’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the X6 M’s (39.7 feet vs. 42 feet). The Range Rover LWB’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the X6 M’s (41 feet vs. 42 feet).
For greater off-road capability the Range Rover has a 3.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the X6 M (11.6 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Range Rover to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Land Rover Range Rover may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 350 pounds less than the BMW X6 M.
The front grille of the Range Rover Diesel uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The X6 M doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Range Rover’s rear seats recline. The X6 M’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Range Rover has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the X6 M with its rear seat up (32.1 vs. 20.5 cubic feet). The Range Rover has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the X6 M with its rear seat folded (71.7 vs. 53.9 cubic feet).
The Range Rover SVAutobiography’s optional sliding cargo floor makes loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The X6 M doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.
Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Range Rover’s rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The X6 M doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
The Range Rover’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The X6 M’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Range Rover’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The X6 M doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The Range Rover has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X6 M doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Range Rover has a standard rear wiper. The X6 M doesn’t offer a rear wiper.
To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Range Rover HSE/Supercharged/Autobiography has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The X6 M doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.
The Range Rover HSE/Supercharged/Autobiography has standard front air conditioned seats and offers them optionally in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The X6 M doesn’t offer air conditioned seats in the rear.
The Range Rover has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold Winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the X6 M.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Range Rover offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The X6 M doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
The Land Rover Range Rover won the Check it Out award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The BMW X6 M didn't win any award.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Range Rover second among large premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The X6 M isn’t in the top three.