Imagine that spending more than 100,000 Euros on a car that doesn't excel in comfort wouldn't be too smart. The X6 ActiveHybrid does provide a pretty superior level of comfort, but we're not sure if it really manages to reach the standards set by other models in the same price range. Maybe, after all, it's the hybrid that makes the price...
First of all, the car comes with four-zone automatic climate control, which means that every single passenger of the Bimmer is able to set his very own temperature. Both front seats come with lots of controls, a common thing for more expensive BMWs, so finding a comfortable driving or seating position shouldn't be a problem at all.
Applause to the transmission system which makes shifting extremely smooth, although we here at autoevolution were pretty much annoyed by the gear knob and its out-of-this-world top "Park" button. Just like in other BMW models, the transmission "Park" mode is placed at the top of the stick shift, so it may take a while until you get used to it.
Still, the two-mode active transmission, which actually comprises three planetary gearsets and four multi-plate clutches, does its job, no matter if we're referring to the electric motors or to the combustion engine (we'll talk more about the transmission assembly in the Tech Facts chapter).
Comfort functions are fitted all around, starting with the four-zone climate control we were talking about earlier and ending with the heated seats with three levels and the heated steering wheel. We missed the massage function but we've became pretty exigent when it comes to comfort since we tested the 7 Series.
Interior room is more than enough, especially with two adults in the front and two children in the rear: front legroom - 1,026mm (40.4 inches), rear legroom - 912mm (35.9 inches), front headroom - 973mm (38.3 inches), rear headroom - 945mm (37.2 inches), front shoulder room - 1,521mm (59.9 inches), rear shoulder room - 1,448mm (57.0 inches) and passenger volume – 2,767 liters (97.7 cu.ft.).Continue reading