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BMW 6 Series coupe (2012-2018) - Interior & comfort

Interior quality of the BMW 6 Series coupe impresses but stiff suspension affects comfort

Carbuyer Rating

3.5 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.1 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

3.5 out of 5

The 6 Series coupe’s lavishly equipped interior is a major plus point and helps to put the car above some more expensive rivals. The seats are soft and well finished and the dashboard is very clean to look at and use - a refresh of the car in 2015 means the dash is now upholstered in leather as standard and new digital display dials are very easy to read thanks to a high-definition screen.

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The main problem for the car’s occupants is the stiff suspension; if you couple that with big alloy wheels it makes for a rather fidgety ride, particularly on rough surfaces. Tyre noise is also more intrusive than we would like, meaning the car isn’t quite as comfortable as you might expect.

BMW 6 Series coupe dashboard

The overall fit and appearance of the dashboard is impressive, thanks in part to very well finished leather and alloy finishes. All the seats are comfortable and do help to mitigate some of the effects of the firm ride.

Equipment

Climate control, cruise control and a leather finished, multi-function steering wheel are all standard equipment, while all models come with a 10.2-inch screen infotainment system that has BMW Professional sat-nav and Bluetooth connectivity as standard. BMW's ConnectedDrive system is now standard too and includes a concierge service, so drivers can do anything from booking a service to making a restaurant reservation, while 'remote services' allow you to check on your car and even lock or unlock it using a smartphone app. It has an inbuilt mobile phone sim so the car can automatically alert someone if the car is involved in an accident.

Buyers after an even more connected driving experience can order the their 6 Series with a Wi-Fi hotspot feature, together with wireless phone charging.

The M Sport trim is the only available one across all three engine variants, and offers a vast range of visual options to give the 6 Series more of a sporty look. New digital dials are included in the price, which alter the design of the instrument cluster.

Options

The bewildering array of options for the 6 Series include the M Sport Plus system that will set buyers back around £2,800 and will add on a Harman Kardon sound system and M Sport double-spoke alloy wheels. The pricey Adaptive Drive system is also available at £3,400.

Adaptive cruise control and BMW's head-up display system can be added too.

In terms of comfort, full Merino leather will add an extra layer of luxury to the interior, as well as an eye-watering £3,100 to the total price. Caution is advised when ticking boxes on the options list.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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