BMW 6 Series (2011 – 2018) Review

BMW 6 Series (2011 – 2018) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
There are very few cars like the BMW 6 Series Coupe on the road, and while it may have been replaced, it still has an awful lot of positives to make it an attractive option.

+Sleek looks and more handsome than previous 6 Series. Powerful yet economical 640d has an epic engine. Amazingly refined.

-More of a grand tourer than a sports car.

Insurance Groups are between 47–50
On average it achieves 76% of the official MPG figure

Introduced in 2011, and sold until 2018, the BMW 6 Series Coupe is an indulgent and luxurious long-range cruiser. This is a car that can cover huge distances with ease, with those onboard relaxing in leather-lined comfort. The powerful 650i petrol and 640d diesel engines add to the feeling of effortless performance, although the 640i petrol falls a little short. Although described as a four-seater, the 6 Series is best left to just two people. Make use of the back seats for extra storage instead. An impressive level of standard equipment adds to the overall feeling of quality.

The idea of a grand touring car like the BMW 6 Series Coupe is rather a romantic one. Being able to cover hundreds of miles in a single serving, leaving driver and passenger refreshed on arrival, is a big ask. It requires a range of special skills, but the 6 Series manages to deliver them.

One of the criteria for being a true GT is handsome looks, which is something the BMW certainly achieves. Compared to the previous-generation model, the styling of the 6 Series has perfect proportions. A long nose and short tail fit the ‘GT’ brief – it’s arguably one of the most attractive modern BMWs.

One of the most important things to remember about the 6 Series Coupe is not consider it a hardcore sports car.

It may have the looks and the horsepower, but this is not a car for attacking the nearest race track. This BMW is a big vehicle, after all, and it weighs close to two tonnes. Attempting to make it handle twisty turns with zeal would mean challenging the laws of physics. 

It means that the 6 Series Coupe is not on the same page as true sports cars like the Porsche 911. Yet the big BMW will be even more effective as a long-distance machine, racking up the miles with effortless ease. Comparisons with the Maserati Gran Turismo or Jaguar XK are more accurate, although those two models feel even older than the BMW. 

Challenging the suitability of the 6 Series as the perfect grand tourer is the ride quality. M Sport cars may have proved most popular with buyers, but they use a stiffer suspension set-up. Combined with 19-inch alloy wheels and low profile tyres, it results in a taut ride that can become uncomfortable on rough tarmac. Cars with the optional adaptive suspension feel more resolved. 

The choice of engines for the 6 Series Coupe leaves little room for complaint, with a simple choice of two petrols or one diesel. Many buyers have been drawn to the diesel 640d, which offers the muscle to move this large coupe with gusto, but still delivers respectable fuel economy. It will certainly go further on one tank of fuel than the petrol 640i or 650i.

More time on the road means spending longer in the 6 Series Coupe’s cabin. With quality materials and lots of technology, it explains why BMW felt comfortable with the high list prices when this car was new.

Only limited space in the rear seats spoils the party, with room only for small kids in child seats. At least boot capacity is generous for a two-door coupe. 

Even if just simply for commuting to work, the 6 Series has just enough charm and ability to make every journey feel special. Knowing that it can also tackle a long-distance holiday just adds to the appeal.

Ask Honest John

Should I buy a BMW 640d with 100k on the clock?
"I have recently seen a 2012 plate BMW 640d for sale with 100,000 miles on the clock.The car has a full service history, but I am a little worried about the high mileage. Should I buy or avoid? "
High but healthy mileage representing 25k a year. All depends on its service record. If it's been serviced every 25k miles, no. If it's been serviced at 8k-15k intervals it should be okay.
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Bought a car with dangerous tyres - Can I sue?
"I bought a two year old BMW 640d Gran Coupe from a main dealer four weeks ago. During a routine inspection at another BMW dealership today it was pointed out that the front tyres were badly worn, one of which had a dangerous tear on the inner part of the tyre wall, not visible from the exterior, when the car is on the road. Am I able to claim the cost of one or both tyres from the dealer where I bought the car originally, as clearly they would have known of the issue prior to sale and sold me a dangerous car."
I think so, although they could claim that you damaged the tyre on a speed cushion (which is the most likely way it was damaged), but the fact that both tyres were badly worn anyway lands it in their court.
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Porsche 911 or BMW 6 Series?
"I have been offered a four year old Porsche Carrera Cabriolet with only 7000 miles, excellent condition, but £52k original cost with extras £90k. Is a BMW 6 Series Convertible a better buy for day to day use?"
Presumably this will be a 997, not the current 991? Even so, it is much more fun to drive than a 6 Series. So depends what you want it for. If you want it for performance driving, get the Porsche, even though with the top cut off it is not as sharp as a coupe. If you want a top-down cruiser for the summer that's also relatively civilised on the motorway, get the BMW. I think the BMW will depreciate more heavily.
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What's the target price for a new BMW 6 Series?
"I am considering a BMW 640D Grande Coupe M sport. It seems to have all of the options I want as standard and looks really nice. What would a target price be?"
If this is a factory order there won't be much discount. If it's a rejected order in stock then what you can get it for depends on all kinds of factors: how much the dealer is in for on the car, dealer cashflow, any other offers he may have from other BMW dealers. Completely unpredictable. Go in with a low offer and use your negotiating skills.
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