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2018 BMW 6-Series Interior Review

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Interior: 8.2

Available in both sedan (Gran Coupe) and convertible body styles, the 2018 BMW 6 Series has an extremely well-built cabin, as do many other cars in the class. The front seats are outstanding, but the rear seats have some room for improvement – namely, adding more room. The iDrive infotainment system is easy to use, and there are several optional driver assistance features.

  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "Interior materials are exceptionally nice." -- Autotrader (2015)

Seating

Convertible 6 Series models seat four, and Gran Coupe models seat five. Standard seating features include leather upholstery, 14-way power-adjustable heated front seats, and a power-adjustable steering wheel. Upgraded leather upholstery, 20-way power-adjustable front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and ventilated front seats are available.

The front seats have enough space and adjustability that drivers of all shapes and sizes can get comfortable with ease. Unfortunately, the rear seats don't match the size or comfort of the front seats. There's not as much room in the back, and even though Gran Coupe models seat five, the middle seat isn't really usable. The small rear doors also make it tough to get in and out of the back. The convertible's rear seats are cramped as well, but that's not uncommon for a convertible.

There are two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors. 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 (2017)
  • "Not surprisingly, rear-seat room is tight in the … convertible, but acceptable on Gran Coupes." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Interior Features

The 6 Series comes standard with 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. Gran Coupe models come with a moonroof, and convertible models have a power-retractable soft top. Standard driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

A Harman Kardon audio system, a Bang & Olufsen audio system, Apple CarPlay, and quad-zone automatic climate control are available. Available driver assistance features include a head-up display, night vision, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, collision preparation, lane departure warning, side-view and top-view cameras, and automatic parallel park assist.

The iDrive infotainment system is responsive and has a straightforward interface. The large screen is easy to see as well. The iDrive controller has a slight learning curve to it, but once you get the hang of it, it's just as user-friendly as the rest of the system.

Both available audio systems deliver outstanding sound quality. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi give you easy ways to connect your phone to your car and the internet. The only areas of disappointment may be that Apple CarPlay is an optional feature (it's standard in some rivals), and Android Auto isn't available at all.

While the 6 Series offers a slew of active safety features, other cars in the class offer just as many or more (such as driver drowsiness monitoring) and cost less.

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  • "BMW's iDrive infotainment system is very useful once you learn it, and optional gizmos such as night vision easily impress. Still, we're disappointed that only Apple CarPlay is supported and not standard equipment." -- 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)
  • "… the 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 Gran Coupe models. That's plenty of space for several carry-on suitcases or multiple sets of golf clubs. However, class rivals like the Audi A7 and Tesla Model S have hatchback body styles that provide considerably more cargo space. The 6 Series has split-folding rear seats and a center pass-through, which give you more flexibility to transport larger items.

As you might expect, the 6 Series convertible provides less trunk space – just 12.4 cubic feet with the top up and 10.6 with it down. Though that's below average for a luxury large car, it is on par with other convertibles in the class. In either body style, the 6 Series has a relatively high liftover height, which can cause problems if you have to load something heavy.

  • "… the trunk liftover is rather high. The split-folding rear seats and center pass-through allow for longer and bulkier objects, though." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "… the trunk is surprisingly sizable." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014 convertible)
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