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2011 BMW X6 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 BMW X6 was new.


Interior: 7.9

The 2011 X6’s interior is typical BMW: beautiful fit and finish, high-quality materials, comfortable accommodations and enough technology to make your head spin. Nearly all reviewers say that the front seats are comfortable, but many mention the lack of rear seat space. And BMW’s iDrive and other dash controls are characteristically complicated for today’s luxury brands.

  • "In BMW fashion, materials are top-notch and the whole thing is put together beautifully." -- Edmunds


Critics are happy with the X6’s front seats, but find its two rear seats unusual for an SUV. Reviewers’ opinions are mixed when it comes to the rear seat comfort. Some complain of less-than-average headroom, while others mention that the comfort of the accommodations is similar to those in the BMW X5. The X6 includes standard leather seats and 10-way power-adjustable driver’s and passenger’s seats. 

  • "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... The rear-seat area is only for 2, and there's little more room than in most compact cars. Headroom is especially tight, another side effect of the sloping roof line. Narrow doorways inhibit entry and exit.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The rear seat is also only capable of accommodating two passengers, since the large rear center console is not removable. The rear seats are reasonably comfortable, but they lack any sort of adjustment." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The X6 is equipped like most BMWs, and has a large number of standard features with a high quality fit and finish. Standard features include push button start with Smart Key technology, and front and rear Park Distance Control sensors. It also comes with Dynamic Cruise control and a sport steering wheel with paddle shifters. Although there are a number of standard features, reviewers mention that option upgrades can quickly increase the price tag into the $75,000 range. Some reviewers mention that the $2,200 Technology Package is worth the cost, since it comes with a rearview camera that helps remedy the X6’s poor rear visibility. Others say that some packages may not be worth the money, such as the $1,800 Premium Sound package that comes with an upgraded sound system and iPod jack.

The X6 comes with BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, which reviewers complain about consistently. Most of the infotainment systems in upscale cars and SUVS tend to be complicated though, so if you’re in the market for a luxury SUV or coupe you should expect to encounter the same problem in nearly every car you research.

  • "The interior of the X6 is exactly what we have come to expect from BMW, leather everywhere, quality metal or wood trim pieces. The BMW X6 is the only X model to feature a sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles.” -- Motor Trend
  • "Frequently used audio and climate controls are thankfully separate from the iDrive system, but those adjustments governed by iDrive require a long look from the road. The optional navigation system demands frustrating interaction with complex controls and cryptic markings." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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 X6 is an interesting compromise between coupe and SUV, and its cargo space falls between the two categories as well. Reviewers say it has a decent amount of cargo space, since you can haul most anything you need to, but it’s still small compared to other midsize SUVs. With the rear seats up, the X6 has 25.6 cubic feet of cargo space, and with the rear seats folded that number grows to 59.7 cubic feet. This is comparable to the storage space offered in its closest competitor, the Acura ZDX, which has 27.5 cubic feet with the second row up and 57.3 with the second row down. However, it has considerably less space than competitors like the Mercedes-Benz ML350, which has 29.4 cubic feet of cargo space even before folding its rear seats flat, and 72.4 afterwards.

  • "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. Interior storage consists of decently sized door pockets, but the center console and glovebox are on the small side." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Despite 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
  • "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). That's less capacity than what you'll get out of a Hyundai Tucson.” -- Edmunds

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