BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Review (2012) | Part Two

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe (Side View) (2012)
BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe (Side View) (2012)

Ride and Handling

Handling and road-holding are excellent. This is a big car but it has terrific poise on the bends. Ride quality in this firmer-set M Sport version is pretty solid but with enough cushioning to keep your fillings from rattling. What makes this car particularly enjoyable to drive is its very informative, pin-sharp steering. It is the epitome of a ‘driver’s car’, fast, smooth and linear on the straight, glue-like around the bends.

Ease of Use

The Gran Coupe is a 4+1 seater, with sports front seats and two full-size rear ones, with an occasional-use third seat in the middle. Having a couple of extra doors makes a big difference to this car, compared with its two-door sibling.  The wheelbase of the standard 6-Series Coupe has been stretched 113 mm longer, and the roofline is just a little higher. The benefit is felt in the back seat, where there is noticeably more knee-room than in the two-door model, and pretty reasonable headroom too. Cabin quality is very high, with saddle-stitched full leather seats that are grippily contoured, and instruments that are some of the clearest to be found in any car.

This is a big hunk of car, five metres long and the best part of two metres wide. It has a good size boot at 460 litres, and the rear seats fold down to extend this to 1,256 litres of cargo room. With a 70-litre fuel tank, the 640d Gran Coupe is theoretically capable of around 750 miles on a thankful of diesel.

One gripe is the relatively restricted rearward view due to the very shallow pillarbox-slot-view that you have through the rear screen via the rear view mirror.

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