Perhaps predictably, BMW has lifted much of the X5's cabin design for the X6, which is no bad thing at all. The dashboard, centre console and front seats are all the same as those of the X5, and in the front half of the cabin there’s plenty of room.
Differences over the X5 include a sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles and knee pads on the centre console, in a not entirely successful attempt to add some sporting appeal. Mostly there is just the same feeling as in the X5, in that the X6 has a well assembled cabin made from generally fine materials. The iDrive control unit sits on the centre console, together with the electronic gear selector and handbrake. The glovebox is a little small but it’s supplemented by a cubby between the seats. The seats themselves are excellent: large, well bolstered and highly adjustable.
It’s easy enough to find a decent driving position, or possibly even more than one; the seats and steering wheel adjust high enough to allow a commanding view, but the seat also reaches sufficiently low, and the wheel sufficiently far, to allow a lower, more relaxed, pseudo-sporting position.
Rear accommodation – rather inevitably, given the slope of the roofline – is less impressive. BMW has done what it can; this is a strict four-seater, so there’s plenty of shoulder room, and the cabin roof is contoured to allow as much headroom as possible. Legroom is perfectly acceptable, anyway. But there’s no getting away from the fact that anyone of above-average height will probably feel cramped.
The boot is large enough for everyday use, although its load sill, at almost 900mm off the ground, is very high.