2009 BMW 6-Series Interior
This interior review was written when the 2009 BMW 6-Series was new.
Despite its luxurious finish and comfortable front seats, auto writers report that the 6-Series' cramped backseat and complicated iDrive system detract from its overall appeal.
- "Elegant cabins match lofty pricing with top-notch materials and assembly." -- Consumer Guide
Critics find the 6-Series' front seats comfortable, but complain that its backseat is so cramped even children will have a hard time fitting.
- "Eight-way power adjustable front seats with four-way lumbar support comfortably accommodate drivers and front passengers of all sizes; the backseat of the BMW 6 Series Coupe is best used for (really) small children or light cargo." -- Forbes
- "The [front] seats are satisfyingly supportive, snugly bolstered and more comfortable than their firm cushions suggest. Backseat space is nearly nonexistent when the front seats are moved rearward." -- Cars.com
- "There's a running joke throughout Kevin Smith's movie Mallrats about the discomfort of making love in the back seat of a Volkswagen. With its implications of wealth and power, the BMW 650i may seem like a better vehicle to troll for partners, but the truth is, if the Vee-Dub in question is the New Beetle instead of the old, it boasts nearly 20-percent-more rear-seat space for such trysts than the BMW 650i's trifling 31 cubic feet." -- Car and Driver
- "Rear seats are typical 2+2 fare-scaled strictly for kids, and smaller ones at that." -- Kelley Blue Book
The 2009 6-Series features a host of standard, modern convenience features. Among them is an 8-speaker audio system and navigation with voice feedback, Voice Command, and Real Time Traffic Information. Though BMW's iDrive multi-media interface system also comes standard, critics find it too confusing to operate.
- "Dashboard has only basic audio and climate controls; drivers otherwise grapple with iDrive system's many menus and settings--a real distraction." -- Consumer Guide
- "BMW's iDrive system is technically innovative, yet it's sure to annoy some drivers." -- Cars.com
- "A head-up display adds $1200 to the sticker. Night vision snatches $2200 and displays somewhat uselessly on the central information screen, where the driver has to take his or her eyes well off the road (not what we'd recommend for long stretches, especially at night) just to see a smaller black and white version of what is visible in the headlights. We hoped we could use the night vision's heat-sensitive display to spot warm police cruisers lurking in the median on the highway, but we didn't encounter any. From what we did observe of this system, we guesstimate that it would not perform well for this use, or many others, for that matter." -- Car and Driver
While the 650i Coupe provides 13 cubic-feet of cargo space, the 650i Convertible trim's trunk is reduced to 12.4 cubic-feet.
- "Trunk volume par for the class, coupe or convertible. Covered hinges gobble some space. Interior storage poor. Just one cupholder front and rear; the front one is an afterthought console clip-on." -- Consumer Guide