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Compare the2024 BMW X6 MVS 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V

2024 BMW X6 M
2023 Cadillac Escalade-V

Safety

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The BMW X6 M has standard driver and front passenger side knee airbags mounted low on the dashboard. These airbags helps prevent the driver and front passenger from sliding under their seatbelts or the main frontal airbags; this keeps them better positioned during a collision for maximum protection. Knee airbags also help keep the legs from striking the dashboard, preventing knee and leg injuries in the case of a serious frontal collision. The Escalade-V doesn’t offer knee airbags.

The X6 M has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Escalade-V doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The X6 M has a standard PostCrash iBrake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Escalade-V doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The X6 M’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Escalade-V doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the X6 M uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Escalade-V uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the X6 M and the Escalade-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The X6 M’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Escalade-V’s (12 vs. 6 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X6 M for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, air filter replacements, cabin filter replacement, brake fluid replacement, inspections, and any other required maintenance. Cadillac only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Escalade-V.

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the X6 M has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Escalade-V.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ January 2023 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW third in overall reliability. Cadillac is ranked 17th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the X6 M gets better fuel mileage than the Escalade-V (13 city/18 hwy vs. 11 city/16 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X6 M’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Escalade-V doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the X6 M’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. If the conditions warrant or the driver wishes, the system can be manually disabled at any time for the duration of a trip. The Escalade-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the X6 M’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Escalade-V:

X6 M

Escalade-V

Front Rotors

15.6 inches

13.5 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

13.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the X6 M has larger tires than the Escalade-V (F:295/35R21 & R:315/30R22 vs. 275/50R22).

The X6 M’s 295/35R21 front and 315/30R22 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Escalade-V’s standard 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The X6 M 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 Escalade-V doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The X6 M offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Cadillac doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Escalade-V.

Chassis

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The BMW X6 M may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 to 1050 pounds less than the Cadillac Escalade-V.

The X6 M is 1 foot, 5.1 inches shorter than the Escalade-V, making the X6 M easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The X6 M is 9.7 inches shorter in height than the Escalade-V, making the X6 M much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Unibody construction lowers the X6 M’s center of gravity significantly without reducing ground clearance. This contributes to better on the road handling and better off-road performance and stability. In addition, unibody construction makes the chassis stiffer, improving handling and reducing squeaks and rattles. The Escalade-V doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

Cargo Capacity

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The X6 M has a much larger cargo volume than the Escalade-V with its rear seat up (27.4 vs. 25.5 cubic feet).

The X6 M’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Escalade-V’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics

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Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the X6 M to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Escalade-V doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

The X6 M’s Parking Assistant Professional can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. Remote Control Parking will park and retrieve your car remotely: press a button and watch it park itself. This is ideal for tight locations. The Escalade-V’s automatic parking system does not offer parking by remote control.

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