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2017 BMW X6 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 BMW X6 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

The 2017 X6 features a high-quality interior with supple surfaces and an attractive design. Trim pieces and furnishings are upscale as well. Front-seat comfort is a highlight, but headroom in the back seat is cramped. The infotainment system is easy to use, though it can be burdensome to accomplish some tasks. Cargo space is very low compared to rivals.

  • "… the leathers are sublime and padded everywhere, and the trim and controls are all top-notch." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "High-end interior furnishings help distract you from the general lack of utility, as does the X6's performance." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "The X6 largely shares the X5's dashboard and control layout; that's a good thing. The digital instrument cluster is crisp and comprehensive, with a rapid refresh rate that enables the needles to keep up no matter how quickly the vehicle is accelerating." -- Autotrader (2016)

Seating

The 2017 X6 seats five on leather upholstery. Heated, 14-way power-adjustable front seats and a leather-wrapped power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel are standard. Available upgrades include Nappa leather, 20-way power-adjustable contoured front seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The X6’s front seats provide ample comfort and all-around support, and they can be adjusted in many ways. There is a good amount of second-row legroom, but most test drivers agree headroom in the back is insufficient for taller passengers. Some argue that headroom is surprisingly good considering the X6’s low roofline, though.

There are two complete LATCH car-seat positions on the second-row outboard seats. The X6’s lower anchors are down in the seat cushion instead of behind plastic covers as in many other luxury vehicles, so they may be hard to locate.

  • The front seats are a comfortable and rewarding place to be. … Even though rear-seat passengers have decent legroom and their own dual-zone climate control (standard on the V8 models, optional on 6-cylinder models), the lack of headroom makes it a short-term proposition for most passengers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Rear-seat comfort in the current X6 is significantly better than in the first generation; BMW made it a priority to accommodate larger passengers in the back. The bottom cushions have a pleasant upward tilt that provides welcome thigh support, while headroom is quite good considering the X6's fastback roofline." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • "Getting in and out of the backseat can be a bit of an event. The sloping rear roof forces most adults to duck down pretty low to climb in, while also maneuvering around the large arch for the rear wheelwell. The rear doors don't open especially wide, either. 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 (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, Bluetooth, a USB port, a nine-speaker sound system, HD Radio, the iDrive infotainment system, a 10.2-inch display screen, navigation, a power tailgate, and front and rear parking sensors. Optional features include quad-zone automatic climate control, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a Bang & Olufsen surround sound system, satellite radio, proximity-key entry, keyless ignition, a hands-free trunk, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, soft-close automatic doors, rear manual window shades, a DVD player and rear headrest screens, a rearview camera, a head-up display, adaptive full LED headlights, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, blind spot monitoring, a 360-degree camera, automatic parking assist, and a night vision camera.

The X6’s iDrive infotainment system functions well overall. A central knob on the console controls the system, but sometimes you have to work through extra menus to make a selection. The controller also has touch capabilities and handwriting recognition. The display screen is one of the largest on the market, and it has brilliant graphics and easy-to-read information.

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  • "In comparison to the X6's other interior features, the 10.2-inch high-resolution display screen looks like a 72-inch flat-screen TV in a studio apartment. Not that we mind as the display provides crystal-clear navigation guidance, entertainment info and readouts." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • 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. 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 (2016)
  • "The iDrive infotainment system has improved steadily over the years. The X6 gets the top grade with a beautiful widescreen display, navigation, hard-drive music storage and an advanced controller with touchpad functionality." -- Autotrader (2016)

Cargo

The X6 offers 20.5 cubic feet of cargo space in a normal configuration and 53.9 cubic feet with the second row folded down. Those values are among the lowest in the class. A power tailgate is standard, and a motion-activated hatch opening is optional. The second row folds in three separate pieces to accommodate long items.

  • "But just fold the seatbacks down -- you'll need the extra cargo space anyhow -- and pretend the X6 is the coupe it so desperately wants to be." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Cargo space behind the rear seats measures 20.5 cu ft., a modest figure for a large crossover SUV. Folding down the 40/20/40-split rear seats opens that up to 53.9 cu ft., another humble measurement. The 4-door Volkswagen Golf compact hatchback has a similar amount of space." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • 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 (2016)

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