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MSRP: $59,600 - $72,900
Invoice: $54,830 - $67,070
MPG: 19 City / 27 Hwy
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BMW X6 Interior

The 2015 BMW X6's cabin has a handsome design and is built with first-rate materials, test drivers say. Reviewers find the front seats comfortable and say there is sufficient legroom and headroom in the back seat. They say its iDrive infotainment system is user-friendly but note that some rivals' systems are more intuitive. The X6 has less overall cargo space than many class rivals, and critics complain that rearward visibility is compromised by the X6's sloping roofline.

  • "As for the interior, I wouldn't go so far as to use BMWs phrase 'charismatic elegance,' which sounds more like a gentlemanly magician than a car, but it seems to fit." -- Yahoo Autos
  • "Those familiar with BMW's X5 will find the X6's cabin a near clone. That's a compliment, as the layout is both attractive and ergonomically efficient, featuring easy-to-use round knobs for the audio and climate controls." -- Autoblog
  • "The X6's radical roof is fun to look at on the outside, but when you park the vehicle rearward visibility is compromised. The back window as well as the smaller side windows near the trunk are proportionally smaller than most SUVs and conspire to block quite a lot of your vision as you pass another car on the road or attempt to back into a parking space." -- Edmunds

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Seating

The X6 seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery, heated front seats and power-adjustable front seats. Ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats are optional. Reviewers agree that the front seats are very comfortable. They note that the 2015 X6's rear seats have adequate head- and legroom, though some wish the rear seats reclined.

  • "The upgraded Dakota leather is buttery soft - some of the nicest hides we have ever felt - and the seats are extraordinarily comfortable." -- Autoblog
  • "Perhaps more important is the extra legroom and headroom in the backseat, which now seats three across in the standard configuration. The previous X6's rear seat was notoriously cozy, but 6-footers will be willing to sit back here for longer trips in the 2015 BMW X6. Still, in an SUV that nears six figures with options, we'd like to have rear seats that can recline, too." -- Edmunds
  • "I drove one with the 'Pure Extravagance' package, with dual-colored Nappa leather seats, fine-wood poplar grain accents, and cushioned seats comfortable enough to invite high-end bottle service. In a modest concession to practicality, the roomy backseat seats three. …" -- Yahoo Autos

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 X6 include dual-zone automatic climate control, a power sunroof, BMW's iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-inch display screen, navigation, Bluetooth, a USB port, a nine-speaker audio system and front and rear parking sensors. Optional features include a rearview camera, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, side- and top-view cameras, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, proximity key, four-zone automatic climate control, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen stereo system, a rear-seat entertainment system, active parallel park assist and night vision with pedestrian detection.

Test drivers report that it is easy to make audio and navigation adjustments through iDrive, though some rivals' infotainment systems are still more streamlined and user-friendly.

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  • "The slick and attractive iDrive interface works well for controlling and adjusting all of the X6's systems, though in our experience it typically takes a few more clicks and twists of the control knob to get what you want; some rival systems are easier to use." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The 2015 X6 has 20.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 53.9 cubic feet with them folded. The X6 offers substantially less cargo space than most other SUVs in the class. Reviewers find the X6's cargo capacity unimpressive for its size and say that as a result of the limited cargo space, the X6 is not an ideal family vehicle. Some point out that much smaller vehicles like the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe can hold nearly as much cargo.

  • "The X6 has always been challenged in terms of utility and the new model is no different." -- Autoblog
  • "That sleek roofline has always meant the X6 can handle less cargo than the X5. And that's still true. In fact this new one has a cargo capacity of just 20.5 cubic feet with the seats in place - about 5 fewer cubic feet than the outgoing X6 and just 2.5 cubic feet shy of the new 428i Gran Coupe, a much smaller vehicle. So the X6 isn't the best choice for those families who will need to carry bulky items and passengers at the same time." -- Edmunds
Review Last Updated: 12/5/14

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