BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo (2017) Review
BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo (2017) At A Glance
For the first time in its life, the BMW 6 Series was offered with four doors rather than just two when this car was launched in 2017. While the drive is a bit sharper than the 5 Series GT’s, the cabin of the 6 Gran Turismo is no less opulent or accommodating thanks to plenty of space front and rear and an equipment list that reads like a who’s who of desirable goodies.
The 6 Series badge has always been reserved for sleek coupe models from BMW, but this latest addition to the 6 Series lineage is more of a hatchback than fastback. It replaces the 5 Series Gran Turismo, which proved an acquired taste that most buyers were not interested in obtaining. With the greater exclusivity of the 6 Series range, BMW hopes this model will find a more settled place in it range.
Looking a bit like a cross between a 7 Series and an X6, the 6 Series GT is fractionally lower than the model it replaces, although it's still a big car. Indeed, it's actually slightly longer than before, giving it plenty of legroom and more rear seat space too, and there are three full-size seats in the back.
Like the 7 Series, this BMW is all about luxury. So, it comes with electrically adjustable rear seats as an option where the backrests can be reclined like an airliner’s chair. The boot is bigger and can carry 610-litres of stuff, which is an increase of 110-litres on later versions of the 5 Series GT. As you'd expect on a top end BMW, it gets an electric tailgate as standard.
Standard equipment also includes automatic climate control with an option to scale up to a four-zone system.
Metallic paint is available in 10 colours along with two non-metallic hues, while BMW also offers a wider range of shades if you don’t mind dipping into your savings. You also get 18-inch alloys included, but unsurprisingly you can opt for bigger ones all the way up to 21-inches.
There are two trims are available, made up of SE and M Sport. The M Sport gets 19-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery with exclusive stitching plus illuminated door sill strips. A panoramic glass roof is standard on M Sport models and is an option available on the SE versions. A reversing assist camera is standard across both trim levels.
The engines begin with an entry-level 630i, powered by a 2.0-litre turbo petrol with 258PS while the 640i xDrive has a 3.0-litre six-cylinder motor and will cover 0-62mph in just 5.3 seconds.
The 630d is the most popular 6 Series GT and there's also an xDrive version with four-wheel drive on offer. Powered by a 3.0-litre diesel with 265PS, claimed economy is up to 43.5mpg for the SE version and 38.7mpg for the M Sport xDrive.
There is also a 620d model in two- or four-wheel drive forms that makes a sound choice for business drivers thanks to its fuel economy of up to 46.3mpg and carbon dioxide emission as low as 159g/km. This model is not as brisk as the others, but it’s a quiet, comfortable and capable cruiser, which is very much what the 6 Series Gran Turismo is all about.