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2016 BMW X6 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 BMW X6 was new.


Interior: 7.8

Auto journalists report the 2016 BMW X6's cabin has tasteful styling and lots of premium materials. They say the front seats are comfortable and the rear seats have ample legroom, though headroom is lacking. The iDrive infotainment system makes adjusting some controls easy, according to reviewers, though they note some rivals have more user-friendly infotainment systems. The X6 has one of the smallest cargo areas in the class.

  • "Elegant is the only way to describe the X6's interior. With a Jumbotron-sized 10.2-inch screen in the center of the dash, a stately BMW instrument panel and rich-looking upholstery and trim throughout, the X6 has all the high-end touches you'd expect in a vehicle in this price range." -- Edmunds
  • "And while its exterior may seem quirky, the X6's interior is all BMW. As with the X5, leather and wood abound, and the quality of materials goes hand in hand with the X6's $60,000 starting price." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "More important, the four-passenger interior of the 2015 BMW X6 can make you think that you're in something pretty special. You can select the usual BMW-style monochromatic trim, but now there are additional trim levels that offer dramatic color combinations and high-style detailing that make you feel as if you are indeed riding in a Range Rover." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)
  • "As for the interior, I wouldn't go so far as to use BMWs phrase 'charismatic elegance,' which sounds more like a gentlemanly magician than a car, but it seems to fit." -- Yahoo Autos (2015)


The 2016 X6 seats five and comes standard with 14-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats and leather upholstery. Twenty-way power-adjustable (multicontour) front seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel are available. Test drivers say the front seats are very comfortable, and there's good forward visibility. The rear seats are difficult to get into, some reviewers report, and they note a lack of adequate headroom because of the sloped roof. Still, they say there's plenty of legroom, though a few critics wish the rear seats reclined.

  • "Getting in and out of the backseat can be a bit of an event. … Once inside, there's enough legroom for adults, but headroom will be an issue for taller passengers. And in an SUV that nears six figures with options, it's surprising that the rear seats don't recline." -- Edmunds
  • "The cockpit of the newest X6 carries on its mission of being a comfortable and rewarding space, at least for the front-seat passengers. A 3-passenger bench in back offers decent legroom for adults but the X6's sloping roof compromises headroom compared to boxier, more traditional SUVs." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "I drove one with the 'Pure Extravagance' package, with dual-colored Nappa leather seats, fine-wood poplar grain accents, and cushioned seats comfortable enough to invite high-end bottle service. In a modest concession to practicality, the roomy backseat seats three." -- Yahoo Autos (2015)
  • "BMW has created a vaguely coupe-like feel with the X6's slightly lower seating position, but you still get a commanding view of the road, and you also get world-class comfort and support with the available multi-contour front chairs." -- AutoTrader (2015)

Interior Features

The 2016 X6 comes standard with push-button start, a power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors, a nine-speaker audio system, HD Radio, smartphone integration and BMW's iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-inch display, navigation, a USB port, Bluetooth and a touchpad controller. Optional features include quad-zone automatic climate control, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system, satellite radio, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, a rearview camera, active parallel park assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning with automatic braking, a 360-degree camera system, head-up display and a night vision system with pedestrian detection.

Some reviewers say that while the iDrive infotainment system makes it easy to access some controls, rivals' systems are less cumbersome to use. They like the system's large display and touchpad controller, which lets you type by drawing letters or numbers with your finger. The X6's physical controls are intuitively arranged and easy to use, according to critics.

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  • "The iDrive interface works well for controlling and adjusting all of the X6's systems, though in our experience it typically takes a few more clicks and twists of the control knob to get what you want; some rival systems are easier to use." -- Edmunds
  • "On the infotainment front, the iDrive system has improved steadily through the years. The X6 gets the company's top system with a beautiful widescreen display, navigation, hard-drive music storage and an advanced controller with touchpad functionality." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "[T]he layout is both attractive and ergonomically efficient, featuring easy-to-use round knobs for the audio and climate controls." -- Autoblog (2015)


The 2016 X6 has one of the smallest cargo areas in the class, with 20.5 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 53.9 with them folded. A power liftgate and 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats are standard and a hands-free power liftgate is optional. Reviewers are unimpressed by the cargo area's size, however, some say the split-folding rear seats add a bit of versatility.

  • "Cargo capacity is downright skimpy by midsize SUV standards. When the BMW X6's rear seats are occupied by passengers, there are only a meager 20.5 cubic feet available. Drop the rear seatbacks and there are just 53.9 cubes. For perspective, a Porsche Cayenne (hardly the most practical of crossovers) has a maximum cargo capacity of 62.9 cubic feet. On the upside, the X6's 40/20/40-split rear seatbacks give you the flexibility to seat a passenger or two while hauling longer items." -- Edmunds
  • "The X6 has always been challenged in terms of utility and the new model is no different." -- Autoblog (2015)

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