The interior layout, fit and finish
The X6’s interior is straight out of the BMW book of modern interior design and is built to a very high standard, being screwed together with impressive solidity and precision. It’s functional and comfortable, too, as well as attractive. Electrically adjustable sports seats with driver memory provide good long-distance comfort, while the steering wheel offers a large range of movement to help you find the ideal driving position.
BMW’s infotainment system leads the way in the class for both usability and number of features. It can be operated through either its 12.3in touchscreen or a more intuitive rotary dial controller on the centre console, making it far easier to use on the move than the Audi Q8’s infotainment system, which is touchscreen-only. An optional ‘gesture control’ that comes as part of the Technology Pack (physical gestures made near the infotainment system will activate certain functions) provides a third method of control, even if this method isn’t particularly responsive. There’s a crisp and clear 12.3in digital driver display in place of conventional analogue instruments, too; this isn’t as configurable as Audi’s equivalent Virtual Cockpit system, but it's still smart looking and intuitive to use.
Inevitably, the X6’s sloping roofline and raked rear windscreen result in a letterbox view out of the back of the car, but big door mirrors go some way to compensating. Front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera are standard across the range, and the car can even help when parking by controlling the steering for you. A 360deg camera is on the options list.
Bright LED lights come as standard, as does high-beam assistance, which will automatically dip the headlights to avoid dazzling other road users.
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