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2018 BMW X6 Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

The interior of the 2018 BMW X6 feels more like one of BMW's small sport sedans than one of its SUVs, with a modest back seat and cargo area limiting overall utility. Beyond this, the cabin is a gem, possessing top-notch materials, cutting-edge technology, and plush front seats.

  • Inside, the passenger cabin sports a handsome design and top-quality materials that give the space a decidedly upscale look. That said, you'll find the interior to be the source of the X6's compromised utility. For starters, the three-person backseat is really suitable only for two people of shorter stature because the roofline is low and the seats' center section is high. Finally you'll find significantly less cargo space than in the automaker's X5 SUV on which the X6 is based. Of course, if your soccer-mom days are behind you and you now spend your time largely in the company of adults, this might not matter." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "More important, [the interior] … 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)
  • "Those familiar with BMW's X5 will find the X6's cabin a near clone. That's a compliment, as the layout is both attractive and ergonomically efficient, featuring easy-to-use round knobs for the audio and climate controls. The upgraded Dakota leather is buttery soft – some of the nicest hides we have ever felt – and the seats are extraordinarily comfortable." -- Autoblog (2015)

Seating

The X6 has seating for five, and it comes standard with leather upholstery and heated, 14-way power-adjustable front seats. Upgrades include Nappa leather seats, ventilated front seats, 18-way power-adjustable front seats, 20-way power-adjustable contoured front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and rear manual window shades. For child safety seats, the rear outboard seats of the X6 have a set of lower anchors and an upper tether anchor.

The seat cushions in the X6 are comfy and supportive. The front zone has enough space to accommodate 6-footers, but overall, the cabin isn't very spacious. Head- and legroom are in short supply in the back seat.

  • "Exterior noise stays there, keeping the cabin quiet. Seat comfort is excellent up front and acceptable in the rear." -- Edmunds
  • The front seats are a comfortable and rewarding place to be, and the leathers are sublime and padded everywhere, and the trim and controls are all top-notch. 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. 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 (2017)
  • "BMW has created a vaguely coupelike feel with the X6's slightly lower seating position, but there's still a commanding view of the road, along with world-class comfort and support with the available multicontour front seats." -- Autotrader (2016)

Interior Features

The X6 features BMW's iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-inch touch screen, navigation, nine speakers, hands-free text messaging, Bluetooth, a USB port, a proximity key, push-button start, and HD Radio. Dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors are also standard.

Available interior features include Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a DVD player and rear headrest screens, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system, four-zone automatic climate control, soft-close automatic doors, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go traffic assist, a 360-degree camera, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, city collision warning, pedestrian detection, adaptive LED headlights, automatic high beams, a head-up display, speed limit information, active park assist, and a night vision camera with pedestrian detection.

Test drivers like the X6's crisp touch-screen display and built-in navigation system, and they note that connecting multiple devices to the infotainment system is easy. It takes some time to get familiar with BMW's iDrive interface, but it is responsive overall.

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  • The iDrive system's large 10.2-inch touchscreen is a useful improvement, and its control knob and touchpad are easier to use than ever before. That said, it can still take a little longer to do everyday tasks with iDrive than with competing infotainment systems." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 2018 X6 has a 26.6-cubic-foot cargo area behind the seats. Standard 40/20/40-split-folding rear seats give you the ability to expand your hauling space to 59.7 cubic feet. These cargo dimensions are some of the lowest among luxury midsize SUVs. A power liftgate is standard, and a hands-free liftgate is available.

  • "When it comes time to haul plunder instead of passengers, the X6's cargo hold offers only 26.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. Fold all three sections of the 40/20/40-split rear seatbacks down and you end up with 59.7 cubic feet of stowage. To put this last number into perspective, the Porsche Cayenne, which isn't exactly the poster child for practical crossovers, offers a total of 62.9 cubic feet." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "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)
  • The X6 has always been challenged in terms of utility (BMW didn't even offer a proper five-passenger version until three years after its launch), and the new model is no different. In fact, the 2015's rear cargo area is just 20.5 cubic feet (expandable to 53.9 cubic feet with the 40/20/40 split rear seats folded flat). That's well short of its predecessor's 25.6/59.7 cubic-feet ratings, let alone the space afforded by the 2015 X5 (23/66). At least the power-assisted tailgate has been programmed to open and close at the touch of a button, and V8 models get a hands-free system, with sensors beneath the rear bumper to detect foot movements, as standard equipment." -- Autoblog (2105)

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