Interiors – Step inside and you are greeted by a very familiar interior layout. That is not a bad thing at all for this cabin scores really high on visual appeal, quality, equipment and user-friendliness. You sit a bit higher up than in the 5-Series but the low dashboard, chunky steering wheel and thick window panels still make it feel sporty and snug. The dashboard, like all BMWs, is angled towards the driver and that clarifies the car’s ‘Ultimate Driving Machine’ intentions.
The sporty driving position along with the driver-centric dashboard gives the driver a commanding driving experience
The M-inspired steering is very nice to hold and everything falls to the hand very easily. The floating touchscreen is well placed and is a joy to use. The famed iDrive infotainment system is the slickest around and the gesture control is an added boon. The digital instrument cluster is just as crisp and changes the display according to the mode you select. The touch-sensitive buttons feel very tactile to use and we love how polished everything feels.
The equipment is generous for the M-Sport trim with Nappa leather, 360-degree camera, ambient lighting, sunroof, Harman Kardon sound system, wireless charging and keyless go. The quality of materials is excellent and the cabin is adorned with soft-touch plastics and high-quality bits at all the right places. The space up front is sufficient but being longer than the 5-Series, it is at the back where the space benefit is best felt. There is good headroom and more than ample legroom to really stretch out. BMW has also managed to add more equipment to make the back seat a more complete experience. You get rear-seat entertainment, electrically operated sun blinds and even powered backrest.