BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Road Test (2012)

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe (Interior) (2012)
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Interior comfort is generally good. Don’t expect a huge amount of kneeroom in the back, as it is quite cosy, but headroom is pretty reasonable and the seats are nicely supportive.

Comfort and Refinement

Refinement is very good, surprisingly so for such a big, powerful car. Wind noise is negligible. Road rumble from the tyres and suspension is modestly present, but not intrusive, and the level of engine noise from the straight-six three-litre motor filling the under-bonnet room stays reasonably subdued under normal driving, although it rises to a meaty growl if you are in a more press-on mood. It’s a good sound though, very agreeable to listen to.

Interior comfort is generally good. Don’t expect a huge amount of kneeroom in the back, as it is quite cosy, but headroom is pretty reasonable and the seats are nicely supportive.

Safety and Security

The Gran Coupe does not have the reassurance of a crash test rating to confirm its safety credentials, as it has not been tested under the Euro NCAP programme, but there is no doubting that this a very safe car. As one of BMW’s top models, it is lavishly equipped with electronic aids and has a wide array of safety equipment. It comes kitted out as standard specification with nine airbags, anti-whiplash head restraints, Isofix child seat attachments in the back, and has anti-lock brakes with electronic stability programme and electronic brake-force distribution. The tyres are run-flats so there is a tyre pressure monitoring system.

On the options list are a lane change warning system, lane departure warning, speed limit display and Night Vision with pedestrian recognition. Full-colour head-up display, arguably the best such kit available on the market, is also available. It is a valuable safety aid for keeping an eye on the car’s speed and satnav instructions without having to take your eyes away from the road ahead. You can also have a multiple-view rear camera that gives you sight down the sides of the car as well as directly behind. The car comes equipped with a Thatcham category 1 alarm system.

Infotainment

Included in the price is a multi-media navigation system via a 10-inch display screen. The sophisticated climate control is four-zone, settable separately for the driver and three passengers. The car’s interior is upholstered in full leather, the front seats are electrically adjustable and the cabin has ambient lighting. Options include a Bang and Olufsen sound system with superb sound quality. You can specify an electric sunroof, park assist, adaptive drive and adaptive LED headlights.

Rivals
  • Audi A7
  • Mercedes-Benz CLS
  • Porsche Panamera
What We Liked
  • Gorgeous to look at
  • Superb to drive
  • Low-fatigue over very long distances
  • Good safety provision
  • Good level of standard kit, lots of desirable options
  • Great image
What We Disliked
  • Shallow rear windscreen
  • Pricey
What We Would Like To See
  • A Lower Price
Conclusion

The Gran Coupé is a stylish car with great street presence, but it is also surprisingly practical for a coupe. It is not ostentatious, it has understated style that is less in-your-face than some rivals. For its size and performance it is reasonably economical. At nearly £70,000 it is expensive, but with great driving manners and sumptuous performance. Very nice if you can afford it.

17 October 2012 Sue Baker
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BMW 6 Series Road Test Data
Model ReviewedBMW 640d M Sport Gran Coupe
  
Body Type5-door Coupe
ColourMetallic Space Grey
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph6.4 Seconds
Top Speed 155 mph
  
Transmission8-Speed Automatic
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban41.5 mpg
Extra Urban57.6 mpg
Combined50.4 mpg
  
Insurance Group49
Euro NCAP Rating
Warranty3 Years / unlimited miles
Price (when tested on the 17/10/12)£68,565

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