BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo review
The BMW 6 Series GT is a roomy premium car with a huge boot and powerful engines, but the looks are a bit divisive
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The BMW 6 Series is a five-door coupe with a boot opening that’s larger than you get in the 5 Series saloon, so it’s ideal if you have a dog but don’t want a dreary estate car.
From the driver’s seat, the 6 Series feels like any other BMW – it’s very nice. Plastic quality is excellent – even the bottoms of the doors have quality plastics – and you also get expensive looking trims and mood lighting in the front and back.
Naturally, you get a soft leather interior as standard and sat behind the steering wheel the BMW cocoons you as if you were in a sports car. That said, the 6 Series GT’s extra height over the 5 Series saloon means you get a good view over the road ahead, and there’s plenty of space even for exceptionally tall adults.
Your back-seat passengers also get plenty of room, and you’ll love the 6 Series GT for its extra rear space compared to the 5 Series saloon. You can fit three adults in the back quite comfortably too.
That said, the reason you choose a GT over a BMW 5 Series saloon is because of its larger boot, which is 610 litres in size next to the 530-litre capacity you get in the saloon. The GT’s glassy boot means it can carry dogs and its hatchback-style opening means it also easier to pack full of luggage for big family holidays.
Interior storage is also decent thanks to the large pockets on the four passenger doors and the car’s four cupholders. The only slight disappointment is the small size of the glovebox that also houses the ventilation system’s fragrance dispenser.
The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo is comfortable, quick and spacious but it's expensive and not exactly a looker
There’s not much to disappoint you about the way the 6 Series drives though. In town, the optional four-wheel steering gives it an extremely tight turning circle, the optional air suspension is very comfortable over bumpy roads and you can set the steering to be light for effortless low-speed manoeuvring.
Swap town for country and you can add weight to the steering in Sport mode, to make the car feel more stable going into fast bends, and there’s loads of grip if you need to get a move on.
It barely leans in fast bends and on the motorway the cabin is reasonably quiet save for a little bit of tyre roar at the legal limit.
Engine noise is well suppressed even if you choose the 3.0-litre diesel. It’s the pick of the range – you can also have 2.0 and 3.0-litre petrols – because it’s smooth, refined and quick, but also capable of returning fuel economy of up to 55.3mpg.
With the diesel fitted, the 6 Series GT has a jack-of-all-trades character. It’s posh but also a practical family car and, with the diesel engine fitted, it’s quick and comfortable too.