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Aft visibility is tricky in coupes
There are also no compromises when it comes to safety in the 2010 6-Series, which boasts a range of standard features, including Active Head Restraints, Active Knee Protection, Active Head Protection (Coupe), Rollover Protection System (Convertible), and a full complement of airbags, electronic stability and traction control, and a state-of-the-art safety cell and crumple zone structure. Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has tested the 2010 BMW 6-Series, however.
The vast array of high-tech safety features doesn't go unnoticed by reviewers, but ConsumerGuide finds "Aft visibility is tricky in coupes" and similarly restricted in "top-up convertibles."
An optional night vision system with a far-infrared camera that can spot potential roadside obstacles such as pedestrians is available, as is a lane departure warning system. A full slate of airbags, including two-stage front and side-impact airbags for front seat passengers, active knee protection airbags, and seat belt pretensioners, are standard. Road & Track points out the "Brake Assistant" system that can coordinate with the standard stability control system and optional adaptive cruise control to "pre-load the brakes" if the computer thinks the driver "is possibly getting into a position where he/she might need additional stopping power."
Despite a lack of safety testing from the recognized authorities, buyers can take comfort in BMW's advanced safety equipment, both standard and optional.