The 2009 BMW X6 trades some space for sex appeal, but other compromises to the car’s comfort and quality are few.
Up front, “The driving position is much more carlike,” Motor Trend observes. Edmunds agrees: “Up front, we don't notice a thing.” In back, there are only two bucket seats that are “far more comfortable,” they add, but there’s 2 inches less headroom than in the BMW X5. Car and Driver says it’s surprisingly “quite roomy inside,” and Jalopnik also finds plenty of room in the “incredibly spacious interior.”
The 2009 BMW X6’s shape, however, does cause some problems in parking and driving. “The svelte shape leaves plenty of room for six footers in the rear seats, but doesn't allow for rear visibility,” Jalopnik points out. Even with large mirrors, the $400 rearview camera’s a necessity, they add, and Car and Driver agrees.
Edmunds notes the X6 has 59.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the second-row seats folded, but the X5 has 75 cubic feet; “in terms of practical room for gear, the X6 is limited,” Popular Mechanics thinks. Motor Trend notes there’s “under-floor storage similar to the X5’s.”
The quality of the interior was widely admired in reviews from across the Web. Car and Driver liked the “identical interior to the X5, except for the incredibly tacky knee pads added for driver and passenger, supposedly to encourage sporty driving.” Truck Trend notes that few noises “permeate the X6's largely sound proof, leather-trimmed cabin.”