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2017 BMW 6-Series Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 BMW 6-Series was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.4

BMW doesn't scrimp when it comes to the 2017 6 Series' interior. The cabin is attractive and remains quiet even at highway speeds, and there are top-notch materials throughout the interior. The front seats are roomy and comfortable. In coupe and convertible models, passengers will probably want to call shotgun early because the rear seats are a tight squeeze for adults. In Gran Coupe models, the rear seats have a decent amount of space.

The 6 Series offers plenty of driver assistance features, but it doesn't have the breadth of active safety technology that some rivals provide. However, it does have one of the best infotainment systems in the class and is available with two premium audio systems that deliver crystal clear sound.

  • "Comfort, style, quality and performance are prerequisites for luxury coupes and the 2017 BMW 6 Series has those traits in abundance. Inside the sleek and stretched exterior, passengers are well isolated from the sound and imperfections around them, all while being surrounded by top-notch materials." -- Autoweek
  • "With premium materials everywhere, exquisite fit and finish, wood or carbon-fiber accents, a high-end audio system and supremely comfortable driver's seat, BMW's 2017 6 Series leaves a lasting impression." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Interior materials are exceptionally nice." -- Autotrader (2015)

Seating

Coupe and convertible 6 Series models seat four, and Gran Coupe models seat five. Standard seating features include leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable heated front seats, and a power-adjustable steering wheel. Upgraded leather upholstery, 20-way power-adjustable front seats, and ventilated front seats are available.

The front seats are the spot to be in the 6 Series. They deliver excellent comfort and can accommodate drivers of almost any size, especially with the 20-way power adjustments. The rear seats are a different story. In Gran Coupe models, the back seat isn't so bad, but in coupe and convertible models, adults will most likely be uncomfortable. The sloping roofline also cuts into available headroom for rear-seat passengers.

There are two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors. Critics note that the inward lower anchors are particularly difficult to access. Once clipped in, the car seats face more difficulties: front-facing seats don't lay flat due to the protrusion of the fixed rear head restraint. Rear-facing seats fit better but require the front seats to be moved up.

  • "The front seats provide excellent comfort for a variety of body types and this is especially true for the 16-way seats that come with the 650i. By contrast, the rear seats are confining and best left for very small occupants or occasional use." -- Autoweek
  • "Not surprisingly, rear-seat room is tight in the coupe and convertible, but acceptable on Gran Coupes." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "With a wheelbase stretching 4.4 inches longer than its two-door sibling, the Gran Coupe boasts a healthy amount of rear seat legroom. Unlike some other players in the four-door-coupe segment, the Gran Coupe can accommodate three passengers in back." -- Left Lane News

Interior Features

The 6 Series comes standard with a proximity key, dual-zone automatic climate control, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, wireless phone charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and BMW's iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-inch display screen and navigation. Coupe and Gran Coupe models come with a moonroof, and convertible models have a power-retractable soft top. Standard driver assistance features include front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera.

Available features include a Bang & Olufsen or Harman Kardon audio system. Available driver assistance features include a head-up display, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, sideview and top-view cameras, and automatic parallel park assist.

Chances are you'll really enjoy the iDrive infotainment system. Many consider it to be one of the best in the class based on its responsiveness and straightforward menus. The 10.2-inch screen is larger than some competitors' displays, making it easier to see.

The infotainment system isn't the only feature worth noting in the 6 Series. The 6 Series sets you up to enjoy your favorite audio with standard features that include satellite radio and HD Radio, giving you plenty of listening options and quality sound. The available premium audio systems from Harman Kardon and Bang & Olufsen also deliver a concert hall-esque experience.

The 6 Series won't wow you with its driver assistance technology; the only standard features are a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors, which are standard in virtually every luxury car. Several other features like forward collision warning and lane departure warning are available, but the 6 Series still offers fewer active safety features than class rivals like the Mercedes-Benz CLS.

See 2017 BMW 6 Series specs and trims »

  • "BMW's iDrive infotainment system remains one of the best in the business for its ease of use and responsiveness and both the Harman Kardon and Bang & Olufsen audio systems deliver music with power and clarity." -- Edmunds
  • "For audiophiles … [the Bang & Olufsen] name is music to their ears because they know how amazing the music in their ears will sound. This optional sound system drenches ears with 1,200 watts of sound emanating from 16 speakers, each with its own amplifier." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "[T]he sporty dashboard, which is exclusive to the 6 Series, swoops snugly toward the driver, accented by the beautiful 10.2-in iDrive screen with its much-improved current interface." -- Autotrader (2015)

Cargo

The 6 Series provides 16.2 cubic feet of trunk space in coupe and Gran Coupe models. That's typical for the class, though it is significantly less space than you'll get in class leaders like the Audi A7 and Tesla Model S. However, both of these vehicles are hatchbacks, unlike the 6 Series. 6 Series convertible models have less space (which is commonly the case): 12.4 cubic feet with the top up and 10.6 with it down. That's comparable to other convertibles in the class. Coupe and Gran Coupe models have a split-folding rear seat that provides extra space when folded, and there's a center pass-through in case you want to transport long, thin items. However, the trunk in each version of the 6 Series has a high liftover height, so it can be a chore to load heavy objects.

  • "… the trunk liftover is rather high. The split-folding rear seats and center pass-through allow for longer and bulkier objects, though." -- Edmunds
  • "[T]he trunk is surprisingly sizable." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014 coupe and convertible)

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