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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
cockpit has a somewhat austere feel compared to its competitors
“fit and finish are excellent, and so are the materials”
Limited rear seat room
Entry and exit is the typical 2-door squeeze
Besides its cartoonish rear seats, the 2009 BMW 6-Series is an exceptional luxury vehicle with high-quality materials.
The 2009 BMW 6-Series is relatively quiet. ConsumerGuide reports that the wind rush in coupes is "modest" and there's "little top-down wind buffeting even with all windows lowered," and the "engines are audible but pleasing at high rpm." The interior of the 2009 BMW 6-Series is comfortable and quiet, contends Car and Driver, adding that the car provides a feeling of "exclusivity." Specific details of the interior that differ from the previous series include a "wide console" that "imparts a cozy cabin feel," says ConsumerGuide.
Edmunds greatly enjoys the "top-quality cabin materials" and "optional Harman Kardon sound system." Cars.com says, “fit and finish are excellent, and so are the materials,” but ConsumerGuide voices a real concern with the electronics' quality. For instance, "pressing the keyfob's trunk-release switch regularly set off the alarm system."
The BMW 6-Series is spacious enough for two people, but four adults fitting in the car may seem a bit of a stretch. Limited backseat space is a problem for Car and Driver as well. "Good headroom and legroom" are available in the BMW 6-Series "for all but the very tall," and passengers will enjoy the "firm, supportive seats," says ConsumerGuide. However, the "heavy side bolsters can impede entry and exit" in and out of the car, ConsumerGuide adds. But Edmunds doesn't love it, stating the "cockpit has a somewhat austere feel compared to its competitors."
Edmunds also notes that trunk space is 13 cubic feet and a "healthy" 12.4 in the convertible, though that drops to 10.6 cubic feet when the top is lowered. "Interior storage is poor," says ConsumerGuide with "just one cupholder" in the front and rear. Car and Driver echoes the sentiment, claiming the BMW 6-Series compromises utility—"four passengers rather than five, less rear headroom, less cargo space"—to amp up the "style and sportier dynamics."
The 2009 BMW 6-Series exudes luxury and comfort, but where it technically seats four, it realistically seats two.