BMW 6 Series coupe
Price £59,535 - £72,500
- Powerful engines
- Luxurious interior
- Economical, considering its size
- High list price
- Limited room in the back
- Porsche 911 costs similar money
At a glance
"The BMW 6 Series is a big, luxurious and well-rounded coupe that rivals the Audi S5, Jaguar XK and Porsche 911."
The BMW 6 Series is BMW's largest coupe and a true competitor in the grand-tourer sector of the market. It blends purposeful looks with an ability to carry its passengers over long distances in absolute comfort, although its suspension and cabin noise can detract from the experience somewhat.
The 6 Series goes head-to-head with the likes of the Audi S5 coupe, the Mercedes E-Class coupe and, in some respects, the Porsche 911. This means that a precise and involving driving experience is a must if the BMW wants to have an edge over its competitors, but it should also be capable of tackling long motorway cruises as well as winding country roads.
While the 6 Series is certainly an upmarket model, the range of engines available to buyers means there's scope for all-out performance or a mix of economy and speed. The 650i has a 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine derived from the high-performance BMW M6 coupe, meaning there's plenty of power on tap. If you want something more economical, the 640d delivers a brilliant compromise between speed and fuel efficiency.
The high list price may make prospective buyers gulp, but the 6 Series offers strong residual values when selling on. A range of driver aids help to make it a very safe vehicle for all occupants, while BMW as a manufacturer had a mid-table result in terms of reliability in the 2015 Driver Power survey.
There's also a choice of derivatives within the 6-Series family. Including the coupe seen here, there's a BMW 6 Series Convertible and even a four-door BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. If you’d like to drive around like your hair is on fire, there's also the performance-focused BMW M6 Coupe and M6 Convertible for added thrills.
The BMW 6 Series coupe isn’t cheap to run, particularly if you go for a petrol model
The BMW 6 Series coupe’s engines are all quick
Interior quality of the BMW 6 Series coupe impresses but stiff suspension affects comfort
Boot space is isn’t too bad, but rear passengers suffer in BMW 6 Series coupe
Brand’s strong reliability and safety record helps the BMW 6 Series coupe to excel