Review

BMW 6 Series coupe

Price  £59,430 - £72,390

BMW 6 Series coupe

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Powerful engines
  • Luxurious interior
  • Economical, considering its size
Cons
  • High list price
  • Limited room in the back
  • Porsche 911 costs similar money

At a glance

The greenest
640d SE Coupe 2dr £62,295
The cheapest
640i SE Coupe 2dr £59,430
The fastest
650i M Sport Coupe 2dr £72,390
Top of the range
650i M Sport Coupe 2dr £72,390

"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.

The 6 Series’ lavishly equipped interior rivals those of the Mercedes S-Class Coupe and Porsche Panamera Saloon, cars which sit above cars like the E-Class and Audi S5 in terms of luxury.

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.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.5 / 5

The BMW 6 Series coupe isn’t cheap to run, particularly if you go for a petrol model

Engines, drive & performance

3.6 / 5

The BMW 6 Series coupe’s engines are all quick

Interior & comfort

3.5 / 5

Interior quality of the BMW 6 Series coupe impresses but stiff suspension affects comfort

Practicality & boot space

3 / 5

Boot space is isn’t too bad, but rear passengers suffer in BMW 6 Series coupe

Reliability & safety

3.6 / 5

Brand’s strong reliability and safety record helps the BMW 6 Series coupe to excel

What the others say

3.5 / 5
based on 2 reviews
3 / 5
"The BMW 6 Series is a great grand tourer that's luxurious, comfortable and rewarding to drive"
4 / 5
"The BMW 6 Series Coupe is not the most agile of coupes, but it's a fine grand tourer, especially the diesel model."
What owners say 
4.6
4.6 /5 based on 15 reviews
73%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend

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Last updated 
10 Jun 2015
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