2019 Buick Envision vs. 2019 BMW X6

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Buick Envision 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 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Envision and X6 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Envision has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The X6’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

To help make backing safer, the Envision Essence/Premium’s 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 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Envision and the X6 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Envision the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X6 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Envision 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X6. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the X6 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 6 times as many Buick dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Envision’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 8th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Envision Premium AWD turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the X6 s/xDrive35i xDrive (20 city/25 hwy vs. 18 city/24 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Buick Envision uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Envision Premium for maximum performance). The X6 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Buick Envision higher (5 out of 10) than the BMW X6 (3). This means the Envision produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the X6 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Buick Envision Premium, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the X6.

Tires and Wheels

The Envision has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The X6 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The Envision’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 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Envision’s turning circle is 5.6 feet tighter than the X6’s (36.4 feet vs. 42 feet). The Envision Premium’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the X6’s (39.5 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis

The Buick Envision may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 to 1000 pounds less than the BMW X6.

The Envision is 10.1 inches shorter than the X6, making the Envision easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Envision is 5.9 inches narrower than the X6, making the Envision easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The front grille of the Envision 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 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Envision uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The X6 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Envision has .1 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more rear headroom and 1.9 inches more rear legroom than the X6.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Envision’s rear seats recline. The X6’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Envision has a larger cargo volume than the X6 with its rear seat up (26.9 vs. 26.6 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Envision’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The X6 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

The Envision 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 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Envision has a standard rear wiper. The X6 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Envision Premium has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X6 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Envision is less expensive to operate than the X6 because typical repairs cost much less on the Envision than the X6, including $717 less for a water pump, $1017 less for a muffler, $57 less for front brake pads, $203 less for a starter, $234 less for fuel injection, $295 less for a fuel pump, $23 less for a timing belt/chain and $1349 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Envision third among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The X6 isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Buick Envision outsold the BMW X6 by over four to one during 2018.

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