2019 Dodge Durango SRT vs. 2019 BMW X6 M

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Dodge Durango SRT 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.

To help make backing safer, the Durango SRT’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 Durango SRT and the X6 M have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Durango SRT 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X6 M. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X6 M ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 7 times as many Dodge dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Durango SRT’s warranty.

Reliability

The Dodge Durango SRT’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the X6 M’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Durango SRT’s fuel efficiency. The X6 M doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Durango SRT has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the X6 M (24.6 vs. 22.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Durango SRT has larger tires than the X6 M (295/45R20 vs. 285/35R21).

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Durango SRT can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The X6 M doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Durango SRT’s wheelbase is 4.3 inches longer than on the X6 M (119.8 inches vs. 115.5 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Durango SRT’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the X6 M’s (41 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis

The design of the Dodge Durango SRT amounts to more than styling. The Durango SRT has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .35 Cd. That is lower than the X6 M (.37). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Durango SRT get better fuel mileage.

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

Passenger Space

The Durango SRT has standard seating for 7 passengers; the X6 M can only carry 5.

The Durango SRT has 38.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X6 M (140.3 vs. 101.4).

The Durango SRT has 1.9 inches more rear headroom and 3 inches more rear legroom than the X6 M.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Durango SRT’s middle row seats recline. The X6 M’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Durango SRT’s cargo area provides more volume than the X6 M.

 

Durango SRT

X6 M

Third Seat Folded

43.3 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

26.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

85.1 cubic feet

59.7 cubic feet

Ergonomics

The Durango SRT 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.

The Durango SRT’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The X6 M does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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

The Durango SRT 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 Durango SRT offers an optional Adaptive Speed 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 Durango SRT 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 M doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Durango SRT owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Durango SRT will cost $8935 less than the X6 M over a five-year period.

The Durango SRT will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Durango SRT will retain 50.35% of its original price after five years, while the X6 M only retains 39.16%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Durango SRT will be $48699 less than for the BMW X6 M.

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