Cracking all-rounder, impressive fuel economy, good looking
Not as good to drive as some rivals, don't expect a discount
A grand tourer that has it all? Well the BMW 6 Series certainly comes close.
In coupe guise this is a cracking all-rounder, mixing serious performance with impressive fuel economy and that's especially true of the 640d model.
Roomier than before
This, the third generation of the 6-Series, is longer, lower and wider than the previous iteration, and the luxury grand tourer is intent on proving that it can match luxurious comfort with a sporty nature.
The new look and longer dimensions have increased interior space and, like the Cabriolet that was launched prior to the coupe, the 6 Series is certainly looking much better than the previous generation too.
The sweeping bonnet, slash lines on the sides and the contoured rear with the hard top makes the 6-Series one of the best looking cars in the class. That’s not something to be sniffed at given that the competition includes the Audi A5, the Jaguar XK and the Mercedes-Benz CLS.
Range of efficient engines
Under the skin of the BMW 6 Series there are two turbocharged petrol engines and one diesel engine to choose from and all feature BMW's Efficient Dynamics technology to help improve emissions and lower the annual road tax bill.
The most popular engine is set be the 3.0-litre six-cylinder twin-turbocharged 640d diesel which capable of shifting the 6-Series from zero to 62mph in just 5.5 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.
Updates for 2015
The 6-Series received an update in 2015 which included small revisions to the styling, improved engine efficiency and more equipment available as standard.
Crucially for keeping tax costs low, CO2 emissions have also been reduced to as low as 139g/km on the 640d SE Coupe.
BMW has fitted each of the new models with its latest ConnectedDrive navigation and infotainment package with head-up display plus LED lights now illuminate the footwells, door openings and glovebox as standard.
Full LED headlights are also available as standard while the M Sport’s leather dashboard and contrast stitching is now a standard feature across the range plus all petrol models feature a sports exhaust system.
A range of safety features are available as options including Active Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Pedestrian and Collision Warning.
Will the new 6 Series be the choice for the enthusiast? Can the BMW top the sector with its longer dimensions and sleeker profile or has increased comfort compromised its driveability?
Read on to find out…
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