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2010 BMW X6 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2010 BMW X6 was new.


Interior: 7.9

The 2010 X6's interior is luxurious and hi-tech. The seats are comfortable, though some test drivers complain about the cramped backs seat. Reviewer praise is also tempered by complaints about the complex 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
  • "Cabin decor is both upscale and sporty, with ample use of soft-touch surfaces and materials with visible, high-grade stitching." -- Consumer Guide.
  • "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 [in] a way that the design might not." -- Cars.com


Reviewers are very pleased with the X6's front seats, but complain about that the back seat is cramped. They say that there's very little headroom in the second row because of the X6's coupe-like styling. The rear seats only two passengers, which is quite unusual for an SUV of any size.

Leather upholstery is standard. A $2,100 active ventilated seat package provides ventilated front seats, which blow warm or cool air through small perforations in the leather. Heated front and rear seats are available with the $1,250 Cold Weather Package, which also comes with a heated steering wheel.

  • "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 inches of legroom and 1.8 inches of headroom compared with an X5, but it's still plenty to comfortably accommodate a couple of six-foot-plus 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
  • "The rear seat is also only capable of accommodating two passengers, since the large rear center console is not removable. The rear seats however, are comfortable and supportive, though legroom feels a bit cramped when compared to the X5's." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Reviewers appreciate the high number of standard features in the X6. These include power-adjustable driver and passenger seats, a two-way power glass moonroof, automatic climate control and a 10-speaker sound system. However, the X6's steep price can inflate considerably with options.

The $2,000 Technology Package provides a navigation system with voice activation and real-time traffic information, as well as a rearview camera. A rear-seat DVD and sound system is available for $1,700. A $2,000 Premium Sound Package comes with an iPod adapter and six-disc CD/DVD changer, but reviewers report that it may not be worth the money.

Reviewers also consistently complain about the complicated iDrive system, which controls all information and entertainment features.

  • "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
  • "Using iDrive for audio and climate controls becomes second nature once users become familiar with its operation. The navigation system, though, remains among the more complex to decipher and program. The available head-up instrument display can show navigation route guidance -- a nice convenience." -- Consumer Guide


Reviewers generally find that the X6 offers a surprising amount of cargo room for its size. However, it doesn't provide the utility of most midsize SUVs. The X6 has 25.5 cubic feet with the rear seats in place or 59.7 cubic feet with them folded down. That's more than some competitors (including the BMW X5 and Infiniti FX). However, for more cargo room, consider the less expensive Acura MDX, which boasts 42.9 cubic feet behind its second-row seats.

Cargo features include a retractable cargo cover, dual cupholders in the front and rear, and a front-seat center console with storage compartment. An automatic opening and closing tailgate is available with the Premium Package, which also includes two cargo rails, multi-function hooks, and a storage net.

  • "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
  • "[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
  • "The dramatic roof line also cuts into the cargo area. Cargo capacity is sufficient for occasional hauling, with a decent 25 cubic feet with the seats up, but with the rear seats stowed, the X6 holds only 60 cubic feet (compared to the X5's 75 cubes). Carrying around big bulky items is not its forte." -- Edmunds

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