2010 BMW 6-Series

Interior


$13,264 - $14,041

2010 BMW 6-Series Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2010 BMW 6-Series was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.5

Auto writers report that the 6-Series' cabin is characterized by luxurious finishes and comfortable front seats. Many, however, also note that it has a cramped back seat, and its iDrive multi-media system garners mixed reviews.

  • "Elegant cabins match lofty pricing with top-notch materials and assembly." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 2010 BMW 6 Series cockpit lags behind the Jaguar XK's in distinctiveness, but materials and construction are excellent, and the driving position is second to none." -- Edmunds

Seating

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
  • "The 650i is perfectly accommodating for two, but the backseat is tight thanks to the dramatically sloping roof line. Both coupe and convertible have an easy-entry feature for accessing the rear quarters, but only the convertible's is power-operated." -- Edmunds
  • "Rear seats are typical 2+2 fare-scaled strictly for kids, and smaller ones at that." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

The 2010 6-Series comes packed with a host of standard, modern convenience features. Among them is an eight-speaker audio system and navigation with voice feedback, Voice Command, and Real Time Traffic Information. For 2010, BMW upgrades the 6-Series' previous iDrive multimedia system with a newer, improved model that some critics call intuitive. Others, however, still find it complicated to use.

  • "[T]he big news this year is on the iDrive front, where BMW has finally taken its much-maligned electronics interface back to the shop for serious revisions. The result is -- gasp! -- a system that's actually fairly intuitive, thanks to the addition of numerous controller-adjacent physical buttons for frequently used functions (stereo, navigation, telephone) and redesigned menus that are more logically arranged. . . .  It may have taken six full years of production, but the 6 Series now boasts industry-standard cabin technology in addition to its other virtues." -- Edmunds
  • "The dashboard has only basic audio and climate controls; drivers otherwise grapple with iDrive's many menus and settings--a real distraction--and M6s add suspension and engine-power adjustments." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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

Cargo

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 is par for the class, coupe or convertible. Covered hinges gobble some space. Interior storage is poor: Just one cupholder front and rear, and the front one is an afterthought console clip-on." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Trunk space is about average for mid-sized coupes and sedans, but the rear seats do fold down to form a carpetted shelf for luggage for a long trip." -- Left Lane News

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