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2009 BMW X6 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 BMW X6 was new.


Interior: 7.6

The 2009 X6's interior is luxurious and hi-tech, befitting of a BMW. The seats are comfortable, though test drivers complained about the cramped back seat. Reviewer praise was also tempered by complaints about the complicated cockpit controls.

  • "The X6's interior is attractive and functional, with a handsome mix of black soft-touch materials, leather and low-gloss trim." -- Detroit Free Press
  • "The X6 is a serenely quiet highway cruiser, with virtually no wind noise, little road noise and only muted sounds from under the hood." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • "Inside the sporty and luxurious passenger cabin, the X6 offers a unique synthesis of luxury, sporting dynamics and style. The X6 offers occupants an elevated, commanding seating position." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • "The X6's cabin is something of a dichotomy. The severe dashboard angles and technology-laden center console -- which features a joystick-style gear selector for the automatic transmission and the iDrive control knob -- might be intimidating to some drivers, but the rich, upscale materials like wood, aluminum and soft leather invite you in a way that the design might not." -- Cars.com


Reviewers were very pleased with the X6's front seats, but complained about the more cramped rear.

  • "Well-bolstered bucket seats provide plenty of support for any driving situation. A padded knee rest for both front passengers is a nice touch. Legroom is good, but headroom is tight, particularly when the seats are raised." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Surprisingly, it's actually quite roomy inside. The back seat of the X6 loses just 0.7 inch of legroom and 1.8 inches of headroom compared with an X5, but it's still plenty to comfortably accommodate a couple of six-plus-foot occupants." -- Car and Driver
  • "There's decent legroom in the backseat, but the X6's sloping roof noticeably encroaches on headroom. The rear door openings and the position of the bucket seats make graceful exits difficult." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

Reviewers appreciated the high level of standard features in the 2009 X6. However, they consistently complained about the complicated iDrive controls.

  • "Upfront you have iDrive to deal with, the knob in the console that's supposed to serve as the brain for any and all controls and settings. Your kid can explain it to you, providing your kid is Bill Gates." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "The quality of the audio in the X6 was surprisingly underwhelming, as we had the premium audio option. This system uses 16 speakers, including subwoofers under each front seat and five sets of mids and tweeters around the cabin, with one set serving as a center fill." -- CNET
  • "The dreaded iDrive controller now has lost its ability to give force-feedback, making it even less intuitive than before." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The sound system's high- and low-end response left a bit to be desired, though. Despite the X6's price, the one I tested had only a line-in jack for iPods." -- Detroit Free Press


Reviewers generally found that the X6 offers a surprising amount of cargo room for its size.

  • "X6's hatchback design affords more cargo room than a traditional coupe or sedan. The cargo hold extends back a good amount, but it's not very tall. A large under-floor storage area is welcome, and the lid has a convenient strut to support it." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Despite the X6's sloping back end, the SUV has more cargo room than a two-row X5: 25.5 cubic feet as opposed to the X5's 21.9 cubic feet." -- Cars.com
  • "[D]espite my complaints about the X6's lack of utility, the truth is, I was able to haul a dishwasher in the cargo area as well as a bunch of other cargo." -- Automobile Magazine

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