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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
much more carlike
spacious, comfy interior
Car and Driver
doesn't allow for rear visibility
largely sound proof, leather-trimmed cabin
The 2010 BMW X6 makes a calculated trade of space for styling, but comfort and quality never take a backseat. Inside, the X6 is a comfortable refuge from the daily grind-for front-seat passengers anyway. The rear seats are a bit short on headroom due to the slope of the roof, and while legroom is good, the rear seat arrangement means only four adults will fit. Materials and quality of the interior are up to BMW's typically high standards, with close tolerances between parts and a solid feel throughout. Noise isn't a major concern, though the large side mirrors do make their presence known at highway speed, and tire thrum is present as well. Visibility is something of an issue due to the narrow rear glass.
Car and Driver says it's "quite roomy inside" the 2010 X6, and Jalopnik finds ample room in the "incredibly spacious interior." "The driving position is much more carlike" than a typical SUV, Motor Trend observes, adding, "The M sport seats hold you comfortably and give you plenty of support when you hit the track." Edmunds has no complaints: "Up front, we don't notice a thing." The back offers only two bucket seats that are "far more comfortable" than a typical bench, but the sloping roof means two fewer inches of headroom than in the BMW X5. Beyond space issues, the 2010 BMW X6's shape can cause some problems with sight lines. "The svelte shape leaves plenty of room for six footers in the rear seats, but doesn't allow for rear visibility," warns Jalopnik. Augmenting large side mirrors, the optional rearview camera's a must-have, they comment, and Car and Driver agrees.
As Edmunds points out, the X6 has 59.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the second-row seats tucked out of the way, but the X5 adds 25 percent more room for a total of 75 cubic feet. Popular Mechanics says, "in terms of practical room for gear, the X6 is limited." Motor Trend sees the bright side, noting "under-floor storage similar to the X5's."
Interior quality of the X6 is widely praised in web reviews, and it improves in the X6 M. Truck Trend likes the quiet ride of the "X6's largely sound proof, leather-trimmed cabin." Car and Driver lauds the "identical interior to the X5, except for the incredibly tacky knee pads added for driver and passenger, supposedly to encourage sporty driving." Even the doors get high praise, with Car and Driver pointing out the "X6's soft-close doors [a $600 option] are what separate aspirational luxury cars from true luxury cars."
The 2010 BMW X6 isn't as roomy as the X5, but it's enough for most and well-made throughout.