BMW X6 Interior
The 2012 X6’s interior is typical BMW: beautiful fit and finish, high-quality materials, comfortable accommodations and enough technology to make your head spin. Nearly all reviewers say the front seats are comfortable, but many mention limited rear seat space. And BMW’s iDrive and other dash controls are characteristically complicated for today’s luxury brands.
- "In BMW fashion, the materials are top-notch and the whole thing is put together beautifully.” -- Edmunds
- "Cabin decor is both upscale and sporty, with ample use of soft-touch surfaces and materials with visible, high-grade stitching.” -- Consumer Guide
Critics are happy with the X6’s front seats, but their opinions are mixed when it comes to rear seat comfort. Some complain of less-than-average headroom, while others mention that the comfort of the accommodations is similar to those in the BMW X5. The X6 includes standard leather seats and 10-way power-adjustable driver’s and passenger’s seats. You can opt for the $2,100 active ventilated seating package that includes black perforated leather and ventilated, multi-contour front seats, but this ups the price to $61,000 for an SUV that only seats four people. By contrast, the Acura ZDX with the advance package offers comparable level of interior gadgets and one more seat for $56,570, which is almost $4,500 less.
If you’re looking for a small luxury SUV with better rear accommodations than the BMW X6, you may want to take a look at the Lincoln MKX or Audi Q5. Reviewers praise the front and back seats in both SUVs, which have sticker prices $19,485 and $23,300 less than the X6, respectively.
- "Well-bolstered bucket seats provide plenty of support for any driving situation. A padded knee rest for both front passengers is a nice touch. Legroom is good, but headroom is tight, particularly when the seats are raised." -- Consumer Guide
- "The big changes happen behind the front seats, mostly due to the sloping roof line that reduces rear headroom by about 2 inches. In standard form, the rear seat accommodates just two passengers, since the large rear center console is not removable. A new center seat option can accommodate an additional passenger. The outboard rear seats are reasonably comfortable, but they lack any sort of adjustment." -- Edmunds
The X6 is equipped like most BMWs and has a large number of standard features with a high quality fit and finish. Standard features include push-button start and front and rear parking sensors. It also comes with dynamic cruise control and a sport steering wheel with paddle shifters. Although the X6 is loaded with standard features, reviewers mention that option upgrades can quickly increase the price tag into the $75,000 range. Some reviewers mention that the $1,700 technology package is worth the cost, since it comes with a rearview camera that helps remedy the X6’s poor rear visibility. Others say that some packages may not be worth the money, such as the $1,500 premium sound package that comes with an upgraded sound system and one-year satellite radio subscription.
Finally, keep in mind that the X6 comes with BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, which reviewers complain about. Most of the infotainment systems in upscale cars and SUVs tend to be complicated, so if you’re in the market for a luxury SUV or coupe, you should expect to encounter the problem frequently.
- "The interior of the X6 is exactly what we have come to expect from BMW, leather everywhere, quality metal or wood trim pieces. The BMW X6 is the only X model to feature a sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles.” -- Motor Trend
- "X6 mirrors the X5 SUV for control layout, with most functions governed by BMW's iDrive console knob and center dash top display. Frequently used audio and climate controls are thankfully separate from the iDrive system, but those adjustments governed by iDrive require a long look from the road. The optional navigation system demands frustrating interaction with complex controls and cryptic markings. The available head-up instrument display can show navigation route guidance - a nice convenience.” -- Consumer Guide
The X6 is an interesting compromise between coupe and SUV, and its cargo space falls between the two categories. Reviewers say it has a decent amount of cargo space, since you can haul most anything you need to, but it’s still small compared to other midsize SUVs. With the rear seats up, the X6 has 25.6 cubic feet of cargo space, and with the rear seats folded, that number grows to 59.7 cubic feet. This is comparable to the storage space offered in its closest competitor, the Acura ZDX, which has 27.5 cubic feet with the second row up and 57.3 with the second row down. However, it has considerably less space than other midsize competitors like the 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class, which has 36.2 cubic feet of cargo space before folding its rear seats flat to offer 71 cubic feet.
- "X6's hatchback design affords more cargo room than a traditional coupe or sedan. The cargo hold extends back a good amount, but it's not very tall. A large under-floor storage area is welcome, and the lid has a convenient strut to support it. Interior storage consists of decently sized door pockets, but the center console and glovebox are on the small side." -- Consumer Guide
- "The dramatic roof line also cuts into the cargo area. Cargo capacity is sufficient for occasional hauling, with a decent 25 cubic feet with the seats up, but with the rear seats stowed, the X6 holds only 60 cubic feet (compared to the X5's 75 cubes). That's less capacity than you'll get out of a Hyundai Tucson." -- Edmunds