2013 BMW 6-Series

Interior


$26,286 - $40,319

2013 BMW 6-Series Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 BMW 6-Series was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.4

While some reviewers say that Audi interiors are more appealing, the 2013 BMW 6-Series still impresses with an eye-catching design and first-rate materials. Some also appreciate the 6-Series’ functional dash layout, which features controls that fall close at hand and BMW’s iDrive system with a standard 10.2-inch display.

  • "Inside the cabin, the 6 Series has an artistically sculpted cabin with a driver-focused dashboard and myriad controls all within easy reach, including a 10.2-inch navigation display. The controls and instruments reflect BMW's characteristic attention to detail." -- Edmunds
  • "As are those of other 6-series models, the Gran Coupe's cockpit is beautifully executed." -- Car and Driver 
  • "Elegant as it is, the new Gran Coupe is even ritzier once you slide in -- possibly a tad too much in the case of the striking two-tone leather that can be ordered with the Individual package. The look, feel and quality of all materials are top-notch, and the seats are comfy and abundantly supportive." -- MSN Autos
  • "We appreciate BMW's evolutionary if-it-ain't-broke, don't-fix-it approach to interior design, but we'd still rather ride in an Audi cabin. That said, we're beginning to see more color, more premium materials and more interesting shapes in new BMWs, and this new-generation 6 Series might represent the pinnacle so far." -- Kelley Blue Book

Seating

The 6-Series coupe and convertible seat four, while the 6-Series Gran Coupe has seating for five. Leather upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable front seats are standard on all models. Available features include a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, a power sunshade, upgraded leather upholstery and 20-way power-adjustable front seats. All 6-Series models win points for their standard front seats, which reviewers say are comfortable and supportive. Additionally, some auto writers note that it’s worth paying extra for the optional 20-way front seats, which they think are exceptionally comfortable and highly adjustable. Like many coupes and convertibles, critics agree that the BMW 6-Series doesn’t offer much back-seat passenger space. Some also note that cars like the BMW 7-Series offer considerably more back-seat space than the 6-Series Gran Coupe, though there’s still adequate space for back-seat passengers to be comfortable on longer drives.

  • "The standard 10-way power front seats are more than pleasant, but the 20-way Multi-Contour seats are so versatile and supportive that they're almost a must-buy, if you ask us." -- AutoTrader 
  • "Finding a proper driving position is a snap. Rear-seat room is merely okay, however, considering the Gran Coupe is three inches shy of a short-wheelbase 7-series in overall length. It won't be an issue unless you sit behind a particularly gangly front occupant, so there's no need to fear being stuffed in the back for a few hundred miles." -- Car and Driver 
  • "The 6 Series excels at accommodating two passengers, but the rear seat is only suitable for adults on short trips to the restaurant or driving range." -- Edmunds (6-Series coupe/convertible) 
  • "The new Gran Coupe shares its basic architecture and major components with the 6-Series coupe, with an additional 4.4 inches in overall body length on a wheelbase that has grown 4.5 inches. These gains have turned the coupe's abbreviated rear perches into proper seats that can now truly accommodate adults." -- MSN Autos 

Interior Features

All 2013 BMW 6-Series models come with standard features that include parking sensors, push-button start, keyless access, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a nine-speaker stereo with HD Radio and BMW’s iDrive system with a 10.2-inch display. Available features include lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, a head-up display, a side- and top-view camera system, four-zone automatic climate control, a premium sound system and satellite radio.

Some critics write that BMW’s iDrive infotainment system is one of the easiest to use on the market, particularly in comparison with touch-screen systems that require a long reach from the driver’s seat. However, a few comment that Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system is a little more intuitive. The 6-Series earns praise for its standard navigation system, which shows 3-D images and impresses test drivers by routing around congested traffic areas.

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  • "Furthermore, iDrive is now hard-drive-based, which gives you higher processing speeds and the fringe benefit of digital music storage. It's one of our favorite infotainment systems, particularly because the control knob falls readily to hand, whereas touch-screen systems require that you lean forward to execute commands." -- AutoTrader 
  • "The iDrive controller works pretty well and provides a large amount of customization of the car's features, though we think Mercedes' COMAND system is still a little easier to use overall." -- Edmunds 
  • "A standard 10.2-inch display shows the navigation system's images in 3-D. The controversial iDrive control interface, tweaked again, lets you navigate scattered menus and commands a bit easier. The configurable, multimode, multicolor head-up display that is included with the optional Driver Assistance package ($3,700) is superb." -- MSN Autos 
  • "BMW has one of the best navigation systems, too, with maps showing 3D rendered buildings in cities and topographic features in hilly areas. I particularly liked how well this navigation system avoided traffic problems, not only rerouting around them but also flashing a traffic jam icon in the head-up display." -- CNET 

Cargo

The 2013 BMW 6-Series coupe and 6-Series Gran Coupe have 13 and 16.2 cubic feet of trunk space, respectively. Convertible models offer 12.4 cubic feet of space with the top up and 10.6 cubic feet with the top lowered. Gran Coupe models come with split-folding rear seats, and offer more trunk space than competitors like the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class. Additionally, critics appreciate that the 6-Series convertible offers a useful amount of trunk space.

  • "Trunk space measures a relatively enormous 12.3 cubic feet in the convertible (10.6 with the top down) and both cars have a pass-through to accommodate longer items." -- Edmunds

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