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2014 BMW X6 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2014 BMW X6 was new.


Interior: 7.2

Though automotive journalists agree that the 2014 BMW X6’s interior is very well-constructed from premium materials, its small cargo area and cramped rear seats limit its practicality.

  • "To its credit, everything is well-crafted, and the tighter cabin dimensions convey an intimacy rarely offered in more traditional SUVs." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The interior is well built for a solid, robust feel." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "In BMW fashion, the materials are top-notch and the whole thing is put together beautifully." -- Edmunds (2013)


The 2014 BMW X6 seats four, though an optional second-row bench seat can expand seating to five. Leather upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable heated front seats are standard, while ventilated front seats and heated rear seats are optional. Test drivers think the driver’s seat is quite comfortable, but they say that rearward visibility is poor due to the X6’s sloping roofline. Additionally, auto writers note that the rear seats are cramped with little headroom, and that narrow door openings make rear-seat entry and exit difficult.

  • "The view from the driver's seat is not unlike that of the 6 Series until, of course, you try to view what's behind you in the next lane. Then, the blind spot that is the X6 fastback profile makes itself known." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "It seems reasonably well put together and it's incredibly comfortable from the driver's seat." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "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 (2012)

Interior Features

The 2014 BMW X6 comes standard with features like a moonroof, front and rear parking sensors, a 10-speaker sound system, Bluetooth phone connectivity and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. Available features include a head-up display, rear- and sideview cameras, navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.

Some reviewers note that while BMW’s iDrive system provides access to a number of the X6’s features, it could be easier to use. Still, others write that iDrive becomes intuitive after some study.

See 2014 BMW X6 specs »

  • "There are also a slew of available electronics features controlled through the complicated but customizable iDrive interface.” -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "As for iDrive, I can operate that thing in my sleep now and I find it rather intuitive. I still prefer Audi's MMI system, but I can certainly live with iDrive." -- AutoWeek (2013)


The 2014 BMW X6 has a standard power liftgate and 25.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seats, which expands to 59.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Reviewers say that the X6 has a useful amount of cargo space behind the back seat. However, they note that its sloping roof line cuts into cargo space, and other luxury midsize SUVs have more space with the rear seats folded.

  • "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).” -- Edmunds (2013)

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