With the exception of some padding around the centre console, the X6's dash layout is a carbon copy of the X5's, which is no bad thing. It takes a bit of time before you know where everything is, but all the controls are user-friendly. It's easy to establish a commanding driving position, too, but rear visibility is poor, so it's good that all models come with parking sensors.
BMW X6 space & practicality
It's wider than the X5 it's based on, but there's not the same sense of space in the rear. With just four seats as standard (a three-person rear bench seat is an option), there's plenty of leg- and elbowroom for rear passengers, but that sloping roof means headroom isn't great. Small rear windows add to the claustrophobic feel. The boot is wide and long, but quite shallow. Also, the load lip is high and awkward, and there's only a single hatch opening, rather than the X5’s useful split tailgate.
BMW X6 equipment
Standard specification includes 19-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension, stability control, climate control, four electric windows, remote central locking and parking sensors. The V8 xDrive 50i adds self-levelling suspension and electric, leather seats. Options include swivelling headlights, sat-nav, digital TV, head-up display and an automatic full-beam system.