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2012 BMW 6-Series Comfort & Quality

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Even though the 2012 BMW 6-Series sticks with a fabric roof in Convertible form while its rivals all go folding hard-top, it's not a sign of laziness or cost-cutting on BMW's part at all; in fact, it's a smart choice.

Closing or opening in just under 20 seconds, even while rolling along at up to 25 mph, the soft roof is remarkably sturdy, quiet, and well-constructed. It's also lighter, and stows in a smaller space, than a typical folding hardtop--the 6-Series Convertible still has 10.6 cubic feet of space in the trunk with the  down down. The glass window in the convertible is even a separate piece that can be opened even with the top up for even more ventilation.

The Coupe doesn't have the trick top to deal with, but like the Convertible, it gets an all-new interior for 2012, replacing the previous 6-Series' somewhat clunky space with a well-built, comfortable, and intriguingly designed cabin. The driver-focused controls sees the center console canted toward the left, and the control surfaces are made of classy, premium-looking and -feeling plastics and leathers.

The 6-Series' thick shape doesn't net much rear-seat room.

The lowish roofline can make entry and exit a bit tight for taller occupants--though not really a big deal--but the front seats are roomy, with great shoulder and hip room as well as leg and head room. Supportive, firm, but not harsh seats and a plethora of adjustments and comfort-enhancers are found on the powered buckets up front.

The rear seats are less spacious, however, despite a wide cross section; leg room, even with the extra three inches of wheelbase in the 2012 model, simply isn't abundant. It's not just a matter of having a tall driver or front passenger, either; even with the front seats adjusted for shorter folk, the rear seats are best left to small kids and packages.

A smooth ride, quiet cabin, and excellent attention to detail make the 2012 6-Series a standout even in the competitive ranks of luxury grand tourers.

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