Step inside and the joy begins. Just like on any other BMW, you're surrounded by lots of buttons, but nothing too different from a regular model designed by the Germans. The only new things are the hybrid goodies, obviously having the role to keep the driver up to date with everything that happens with the electric powertrain.
And speaking of the driver, whoever gets behind the wheel will have all functions at the touch of a finger. Starting from the dashboard, with all the adjacent buttons and levers, and ending with the iDrive knob, the center armrest and the cup holders, everything seems to be in the right place. We're not too big fans of the iDrive system, so we won't go into many details right know, but we'll talk about it a little bit later in the Gadgets chapter.
Both front seats are electrically adjustable, so finding the best driving position is actually a matter of seconds. Covered in Nappa leather, just like the rear bench, the front seats come with three heating modes, while the height-adjustable steering wheel has "only" one heating level.
There's nothing wrong when talking about the interior quality and there's no surprise here given the fact that you have to pay more than 100,000 Euros to buy one of these hybrids. The only plastic parts are probably the cup holders covers, while everything else is either covered in leather, as it's the case of seats, or in other type of materials that feel great to the touch.
The biggest problem remains visibility. The rear window, which by the way comes with no wiper (special thanks to our mate who thought that it would be great to let us check the dashboard twice looking for the rear wiper lever during hard rain), is almost useless. One of the ways BMW's engineers tried to deal with this issue was the installation of large exterior rear mirrors but even so, you shouldn't have too high expectations when jumping behind the wheel of an X6 ActiveHybrid.
Once again, the hybrid stuff makes this model special. The dashboard now comes with a blue indicator that shows precious data regarding the battery status and informs the driver every time the battery is about to get drained or when the electric motor is the one that sends power to the wheels. Plus the iDrive display which shows a special graph representing the hybrid assembly and the way it works.
Another thing worth mentioning is the interior room. Although you might be tempted to believe that the X6 is a spacious vehicle, it is and it is not. The front passengers won't be too bothered regardless if we're discussing about urban or highway environments, while the rear passengers might find the Sport Activity Coupe architecture a bit unpleasant. There are only two seats at the back, with reduced headroom, mostly due to the coupe style we were talking about.
The trunk is pretty spacious, but not as much as what you'd expect from such a large vehicle. It has a volume of 470 liters (16.6 cuFT), but keep in mind that there's no spare wheel, as BMW used the space to install the battery pack and the other related things needed to make the electric motors work.Continue reading