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heycar review

      Launch year
      2011
      Body type
      Coupe
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Luxurious long-range cruise missile

Best bits

  • Plays the grand tourer role perfectly
  • High-quality and luxurious interior
  • Boot space better than most rivals

Not so great

  • Rear seats are very small
  • Driving experience not as engaging as you’d hope
  • Ride on M Sport models is firm

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Overall verdict

"The BMW 6 Series Coupe offers a strong combination of performance, luxury, comfort and everyday practicality. Throw in handsome looks and a quality interior and it becomes a very attractive proposition indeed."

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Compared to the model it replaced, the 6 Series Coupe is a genuinely good looking car. The classic ‘long bonnet and short tail’ proportions are striking, while the overall design is more pleasing than many of BMW’s more recent efforts. 


Some might expect the 6 Series Coupe to be a hardcore sports car, able to tear up a race track or carve across country roads. In reality, it falls under the banner of being a grand tourer, designed for drivers to cover long distances cocooned from the outside world. 


However, this is still a BMW, and it offers a considerable degree of driving engagement. The 6 Series has neat and precise steering, and suspension that resists body-roll. But all of this comes against the backdrop of a rather large and heavy car, which is better suited to being driven with an eye on comfort. 


Helping this idea are a trio of engines that offer effortless power and refinement. The diesel 640d is the unexpected star, delivering plenty of low-down torque and impressive economy figures. If you want to make long journeys, but limit your time filling up with fuel, it is hard to ignore. A standard eight-speed automatic gearbox adds to the cosseting experience.


A high level of standard equipment increases the appeal of the big BMW. Electrically adjustable leather seats, satellite navigation, parking sensors and an impressive sound system are fitted to all models. The options list allows for even greater customisation, plus the temptation of the M Sport trim level. 


Along with sportier bumpers and sports seats, this also delivers bigger alloy wheels and stiffer suspension. Compared with other models, M Sport cars can suffer a stiff ride. It’s one of the few negatives to affect the German machine.


The only other notable downside to the 6 Series Coupe is the rear seats. These are really just token gestures towards practicality, rather than proper accommodation for adults. Very short trips, or use with child seats, is all they can offer. 


BMW’s answer is the four-door 6 Series Gran Coupe, designed for those who want to carry rear-seat passengers regularly. It makes the two-door coupe very much a personal luxury car, albeit one with a sizeable boot that holds 460 litres of luggage. 


The 6 Series Coupe is a comprehensive luxury package. Think of it as being a slightly self-indulgent purchase, but one aimed at making your driving experience as calm and relaxing as possible.




Is the BMW 6 Series right for you?

A large and luxurious vehicle like the BMW 6 Series Coupe is not for everyone. It appeals most to drivers who want to cover major distances in effortless comfort. Using a car like this for short trips to the shops seems like overkill. It exists to charge from one end of the country to the other. 


That the 6 Series Coupe can be used everyday widens its appeal; it would be perfect for those with lengthy commutes. At weekends, it is also practical enough to carry your golf clubs, or your luggage for a short holiday. 


It would be best used as a second car for a family, though, given the limited space in the rear seats. The priorities here are the comfort and contentment of the driver. 


What’s the best BMW 6 Series model/engine to choose?

BMW has kept the model range for the 6 Series relatively compact, making it much easier to understand the nuances of different versions. 


Despite being the entry-level offering, SE trim crams in all the luxury and technology the average GT customer needs. It also avoids the stiffer suspension of the M Sport model, and loses very little in terms of additional equipment. 


Engine choices will be dependent on how you plan to use your 6 Series Coupe. Longer cross-country journeys would make the 640d diesel a perfect choice. It returns impressive fuel economy, is quiet on the motorway, and still offers a decent turn of pace when needed. 


For those looking to use their 6 Series less frequently, there is an argument to be made for going all-out with the V8 petrol 650i. It sounds wonderful and is seriously quick. Higher fuel costs and other expenses will be less of an issue for infrequent use, too. 


What other cars are similar to the BMW 6 Series?

The pricing and scale of the BMW 6 Series places it in an unusual niche compared with models from other manufacturers. 


A Porsche 911 Carrera comes close in terms of cost, but with its rear-engined layout and sporting bias, it is a very different machine to the BMW. It also lacks the boot space of the 6 Series Coupe. 


Other contenders include the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and Audi A5, but neither offers the same degree of luxury. The Maserati GranTurismo and Jaguar XK meet the brief better, but both feel old alongside the BMW. 

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