BMW 640iGT 2017 Road Test

The 2018 BMW 6-Series GT replaces the old F07 5-Series GT as part of BMW’s new range nomenclature.

Like the 5-Series GT, it’s a big, luxurious and expensive hatchback.

Slightly heavier than the G30 5-Series saloon, it’s down on 0-60 times by around half a second (not that you’d notice) and it uses a few drops more fuel.

Happily, having driven the G30 530d xDrive saloon, G31 520d estate and G32 530d xDrive estate, the G32 we took for a run was a 640i xDrive, with BMW’s beautifully balanced 340HP turbocharged straight six under the engine cover.

Like the G31 5 Series estate, the G32 has rear air ride and adaptive suspension that you can set to your own preferences whether they be Sport, Comfort, Eco-Pro or left in Adaptive to sort itself out.

For a run-down of the extraordinary array of control systems, take a look at our 1,500-mile tests of the G30 Saloon and G31 estate.

On English country roads the big G32 GT seemed to shrink to a manageable size and everything felt right. It’s obviously quick, but not in-your-face, shake-it-all-about ‘sporty’, so a decent chauffeur could convey his boss at considerable speed without any internal evidence of it.

xDrive makes it as sure-footed as the G30 or G31 so you don’t have to worry about encountering a train of tractor mud half way round a corner. The car simply grips.

Where it scores over the saloon and estate is in accommodation. A few more inches of headroom and legroom in the back make it a more luxurious place in which to travel (and answers a criticism of the G30 saloon).

BMW 640i GT Rear Seat

Then there’s the enormous load area. At 610 litres, it’s 40 litres more capacious under the cover than even the G31 estate.

So, like the 5-Series GT before it, the G32 is a car for crossing continents in luxury, loaded up with everything you need.

But, of course, a generation on, it drives better, rides better, handles better and contains eight years of advances in tech.

You can drive it or you can set it to semi-autonomously follow the road markings.

But a word of warning about that. If the road ahead is clear apart from a solitary cyclist, you do need to signal to overtake him, otherwise the steering wheel will fight you and you could pass him uncomfortably close.

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