Performance ranges from strong to epic, but the BMW 6-Series still cashes in its chips as a comfortable, quiet grand-touring car. The cabin is snug no matter which one you pick, but it's also universally well-appointed, bordering on exotic.
When it was redesigned in 2012, the 6-Series lost much of the chunky, clunky feel of its former cabin. The current lineup sports a more intriguing design, one with a stronger orientation of controls toward the driver, and much finer sense of coordination of materials, textures, and colors. The center console cants toward the left, and the control surfaces are made of plastics and leathers that look and feel premium. The overall effect is exuberantly rich, even before some of the rarer trims are applied--white leather? Sure, we're in.
If you're taller, you might need to tuck your head a bit when getting in and out, but once you're inside that lowish roofline is no longer an issue in the Coupe. The front seats offer great back and thigh support, as in most of their lineup, while there should be enough headroom for nearly everyone. Thanks to a plethora of adjustments and comfort-enhancers in the front powered buckets, there should be no problem finding a supportive. With M cars, special multifunction sport seats are lighter but built with more support in the backrest and thighs.
The interior space grew with the recent revamp, but in Coupe and Convertible models, the 6-Series really doesn't offer a back seat that's useful for adults. Moving the front seats forward is no solution, either. They're destined to be perches for small children or small handbags.
The 6-Series Gran Coupe adds 4.5 inches between the wheels, along with its pair of small rear doors and what BMW calls 4+1 seating. Entry and exit to the rear seats is a little easier, true, but the Gran Coupe still isn't a substitute for the 7-Series, or any of BMW's more upright sedans. Leg room is okay, but there's still not enough head room for most adults.The 6-Series Convertible eschews the fashionable folding hardtop for a fabric roof. We think it's a smart choice for packaging and convenience. It closes or opens in just under 20 seconds, even while rolling along at up to 25 mph, and 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--which frees up more cargo space. The 6-Series Convertible still has 10.6 cubic feet of space in the trunk with the top down. And for more ventilation, the glass window in the Convertible is a separate piece that can be opened, even with the top up.