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Both the XLR and the 6 Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.
There are over 4 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the XLR’s warranty.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Cadillac XLR uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The 6 Series requires premium, which can cost 25 to 50 cents more per gallon.
The XLR has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The 6 Series’ suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
The XLR is 1 foot shorter than the 6 Series, making the XLR easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The XLR’s standard power retractable hardtop allows a seamless transition from an open car, to a completely sealed coupe. The 6 Series doesn’t offer a retractable hardtop.
A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the XLR easier. The XLR’s trunk lift-over height is 27.5 inches, while the 6 Series’ liftover is 30 inches.
With its convertible body style and remote trunk release lockout, the XLR offers cargo security. The 6 Series’ non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.
A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the XLR. The 6 Series doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.