BMW

BMW 6 SERIES GRAN TURISMO DIESEL HATCHBACK 630d xDrive SE 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2181 g/km

If you want a large, luxurious versatile BMW, you've lots of options - saloons, estates, SUVs. What though, of you want a model combining the best bits of all these kinds of car? Well this is the product the Bavarian brand will direct you to, the 6 Series GT. This is the 630d diesel derivative that most potential customers will choose.

GRAN DESIGNS

BMW's 6 Series Gran Turismo brings SUV, large estate and luxury saloon qualities to a package that offers executives something very different. There's nothing quite like it. Jonathan Crouch drives the most popular 630d diesel variant.

Ten Second Review

If you want a large, luxurious versatile BMW, you've lots of options - saloons, estates, SUVs. What though, of you want a model combining the best bits of all these kinds of car? Well this is the product the Bavarian brand will direct you to, the 6 Series GT. This is the 630d diesel derivative that most potential customers will choose.

Background

The 'GT' tag stands for 'Gran Turismo', a 'Fastback' style of design that's become quite popular in luxury circles since being revived for the modern era. The idea here is to offer executive buyers something more visually appealing and aspirational than a conventional saloon - as Mercedes did when they kick-started this century's interpretation of the concept with their first generation CLS four-door model back in 2005. This BMW's predecessor, the 5 Series GT launched in 2009, was the first five-door contender in this newly-fashionable niche, pre-dating more familiar products of this sort like Porsche's Panamera and Audi's A7 Sportback. The change from 5 Series to 6 Series badging reflects the company's latest naming logic that sees sportier coupe-like models featuring even-number designations. And, as you can already see, the car in question is a big step forward from its predecessor, lower, longer, roomier, better-looking and more lavishly appointed. It all sounds quite promising doesn't it? Time to put this car to the test.

Driving Experience

So what's BMW's idea of 'Gran Turismo' motoring? Well, this is a big car, there's no doubt about that, something certainly obvious in town or when manoeuvring. You feel more at one with it though, than was the case with the previous 5 Series GT, despite the fact that overall length has now risen to well over 5 metres. It feels less cumbersome through the corners than that older model too. Losing 115kg in weight will do that for you. BMW tells us that under the skin, this 6 Series GT uses a mixture of parts from the 5 and 7 Series models it sits alongside in the showroom. The majority of these are from the 'Five' - the standard air-sprung rear suspension from the 5 Series Touring for example - but it's the heftier 'Seven' that, perhaps predictably, this GT more closely resembles in terms of its road going demeanour. When it comes to engines, the majority of buyers will be opting for the 265bhp diesel we tried in the 630d variant, which offers xDrive as an option. As for this car's dynamic attributes, well thanks to its size, weight and height, it can't be as agile though the corners as some of its Executive segment 'Gran Turismo' rivals. However, you can improve things by spending more. We'd recommend the 'Adaptive 2-axle air suspension' system which adds front air suspension and the ability to vary ride quality via the various 'Drive Performance Control' driving modes. If you want to go further, there's 'Integral Active Steering' that gives you rear wheel steering. And of you have that, an 'Executive Drive' package can also be added to give you automatically-adjustable anti-roll bars to reduce cornering body lean.

Design and Build

If the old 5 Series Gran Turismo model had served up styling looking a little more like this, there's little doubt that its sales performance would have been transformed. With this 6 Series GT, vehicle height's down by 21mm, while the rear end has been lowered by 64mm. It further helps that this 6 Series Gran Turismo is 87mm longer than before, creating a sleeker, more rakish shape. Once in the cabin, you'll find yourself sitting a little higher than you would be in an equivalent 5 or 7 Series model, delivering at least some of the imperious feel you'd get at the wheel of the company's X5 luxury SUV. Ahead of you is a dash layout that's much as it would be in a 5 Series - which means that it's very sophisticated. Virtual dials cosset your eyes through the beautifully tactile three-spoke wheel, while at the top of the centre stack lies a big 10.25-inch colour iDrive screen. In the rear, it's really very spacious indeed, with far more room than you'd get in a 5 Series or in directly comparable Mercedes CLS or Audi A7 Sportback rivals. In a way though, that's what you'd expect. After all, this car is now over 5-metres long and has exactly the same wheelbase length as a boardroom segment. Boot capacity has increased by 20-litres to 610-litres, while folding the 40:20:40 split rear bench increases space to 1,800-litres - a 110-litre improvement.

Market and Model

Pricing for the 630d starts at just over £50,000, with xDrive AWD a £2,000 option. There are 'SE' and 'M Sport' trim options. This 6 Series GT model has been pitched directly between the two most comparable products you'll find in one of the company's showrooms. An equivalent BMW X5 SUV would cost you around £3,000 more; a comparable 5 Series Touring estate would cost you about £3,000 less. If, having considered all this, you conclude that it is a 6 Series Gran Turismo that you really want, then you'll be wanting to know exactly how generous BMW has been when it comes to standard equipment. Well, let's see. Standard features that would cost you more on an equivalent 5 Series saloon or Touring model include Adaptive Icon LED headlights, a Reverse Assist camera and power-adjustable seats, a collection of features worth about £2,000. Other standard 6 Series Gran Turismo inclusions with base 'SE' spec run to 'Dakota' leather upholstery, an active rear spoiler and 'Digital Cockpit' virtual instrument dials. As for commoner luxury features expected as standard at this price point, well, you get 18-inch alloy wheels on 'SE' variants, plus metallic paint, auto headlamps and wipers, LED front fog lights, front and rear Park Distance Control sensors, LED brake lights, chrome tailpipes and a category 1 alarm.

Cost of Ownership

BMW has gone to great lengths to improve the efficiency of its largest Gran Turismo model - as it needed to do given the impressively high standards now being set in this segment by this car's arch-rivals, the third generation Mercedes CLS and the second generation Audi A7 Sportback. This 6 Series model isn't quite as advanced under the skin as its larger 7 Series stablemate: that car has what BMW calls a 'Carbon Core', the term referring to its innovative carbon-fibre reinforced plastic injection construction. Instead, the designers here have been content with a mix of magnesium, aluminium and high-strength steel, but that's been enough to save as much as 115kgs over the weight of the previous generation 5 Series GT. Don't get us wrong though: this is still a pretty heavy car, most variants weighing in at around 1.8-tonnes, which is about 85kgs more than a comparable 5 Series Touring estate. Still, it isn't enough to prevent the delivery of a set of efficiency stats that should get the approval of your accountant or company Fleet Manager; 57.6mpg on the combined cycle and 129g/km of CO2, these figures applying to the rear-driven 630d diesel variant that's the efficiency champion in the range, showcasing frugality and cleanliness improvements rated at around 15% this time round. Add in xDrive 4WD and the best you'll manage in a 630d is 49.5mpg and 150g/km. Even here though, around 600 miles should be possible between fuel stops.

Summary

In summary, you could argue that rival Audi A7 Sportback and Mercedes CLS models more stylishly fulfil the 'Gran Turismo' remit - and that's probably true. But those cars are also less spacious inside and slightly more expensive. Certainly, this 6 Series 6 GT will give competitors like that far more to think about than its predecessor ever did. And if you were already looking at a BMW X5 SUV or the brand's 5 Series Touring estate, then we think you should test this model before deciding. Like the car it replaced, it offers a different way to go - but this time round, that's good thing. Try one and you'll see what we mean.

  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Green tinted heat insulating glass
  • Fogging sensor for front windscreen
  • Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closing function all round
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation

  • Electromechanical parking brake with automatic drive away release and auto hold function
  • Engine drag torque control
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Hill start assist
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Brake assist function

  • Anthracite Velour floor mats

  • Anti roll bar front and rear
  • Drive performance control - ECO PRO, comfort and sport modes

  • BMW apps interface

  • Active Guard incl speed limiting and lane departure functions with auto steering, and front collision warning with brake intervention
  • Speed limiting function

  • Powered tailgate operation
  • Luggage compartment release button in drivers A pillar
  • Luggage compartment with electric unlocking via key remote control

  • Brake force display
  • BMW Online services
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • iDrive touch controller with shortcut buttons
  • Personal Profile
  • Outside temperature display
  • On board diagnostics
  • Service interval indicator
  • Check control system
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional with nav function/12.3" high resolution instrument +10.25" control display/Intelligent Voice Assist/2 USB/WiFi interface
  • 20GB hard disc drive (HDD) memory
  • On board computer inc. average speed, fuel consumption, liquid crystal Info display, journey computer, outside temperature display, personal profile
  • Oil sensor for level and grade

  • Exterior mirrors folding with anti dazzle
  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror
  • Interior rear view mirror with automatic anti dazzle function
  • Electric + heated aspheric door mirrors
  • Body coloured door mirrors

  • Diesel particulate filter

  • Auxiliary point for auxiliary devices
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Favourite buttons
  • BMW professional radio with single CD player + MP3 and DVD playback capability

  • TwinPower Turbo designation on engine cover
  • Chrome exterior trim includes kidney grille, window surrounds and window recess covers
  • Exhaust tailpipes - single, left and right with Chrome finisher
  • All round anti-corrosion system
  • Active air stream kidney grille
  • Active rear spoiler
  • xDrive designation on tailgate
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured side sills

  • Welcome light carpet
  • LED third brake light
  • Outer door handle illumination
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear lights
  • High beam assistant
  • LED Indicators
  • Dynamic brake lights with LED technology
  • BMW icon adaptive LED headlights
  • LED fog lights
  • Follow me home headlight function

  • Door sill finishers with BMW designation
  • Through loading system
  • Battery in luggage compartment with jump start facility in engine bay
  • Centre console armrest with storage compartment
  • Front and rear armrest with integrated door trim
  • Cup holders (2 front and 2 rear)
  • Electrical steering column with adjustable height and length with activation and control on the steering column
  • Three spoke multifunction sport leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction controls for leather steering wheel
  • Lockable glove compartment with light
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders + storage
  • 12v power outlet - front
  • Securing rings in luggage compartment
  • Storage pockets in backrests of front seats
  • Passenger footwell storage net
  • Storage net in luggage compartment
  • Dakota leather upholstery

  • Front and rear reading lights
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Front and rear footwell lights

  • Connected package professional - 6 Series

  • Head airbags for first and second row seats
  • Seat belts front inertia reel with pyrotechnical belt latch tensioner, belt force limiter and belt restrainer
  • Deformation zones - front and rear with door reinforcements and bumpers up to 2.5 mph
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release with hazard warning lights and interior lighting + battery safety cut-off
  • Rear airbags
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Driver/Passenger airbags (Impact dependent)
  • Front head restraints with anti-whiplash
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • Two tone horn
  • Three inertia reel rear seatbelts
  • Fuel cut off safety device
  • Side impact protection
  • Front passenger seat occupancy sensor

  • Three height adjustable rear head restraints
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat
  • Electric front seat adjustment with driver memory
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment with rear outer seats includes top tether

  • Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with remote control and electronic engine immobiliser
  • Keyless ignition
  • Remote central locking - doors and fuel cap
  • Locking wheel bolts

  • Sport automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted gearshift paddles and launch control

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • CO2 (g/km): 148
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.026
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 234
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 187
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 157
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 177
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 181
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 234
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 259
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 187
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 211
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 157
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 173
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 177
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 191
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 198
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 181

  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 84
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90
  • CC: 2993
  • Engine Code: B57D30O0

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 9.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.6
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 40.9
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 57.6
  • EC Combined (mpg): 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 31.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 31.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 28.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 37.2

  • Coin Series: SE
  • Coin Description: d xDrive
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 86
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 85
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 81
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 59
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 265
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 43E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 63.2
  • Engine Power - KW: 195
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 457
  • Engine Torque - NM: 620
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2000
  • Engine Power - BHP: 265
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6
  • Top Speed: 155

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: MULTI SPOKE 619
  • Tyre Size Rear: 245/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/45 R18

  • Width (including mirrors): 2158
  • Height: 1540
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 5091
  • Width: 1902
  • Wheelbase: 3070

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1880
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2580
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 66
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 610
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 700
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1800
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.5

  • Sun protection glass: £390

  • Self levelling rear air suspension: Included
  • Adaptive 2-axle air suspension: £1,670

  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging: £475
  • Bluetooth hands free telephone connection with USB audio interface + audio streaming: Included

  • Active cruise control with stop and go: £965
  • Cruise control with brake function: Included
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS) with Servotronic: Included
  • Front/rear Parking distance control: Included
  • Remote control parking: £395
  • Night vision with pedestrian recognition: £1,595
  • Parking Assistant Plus with 360 degree surround view camera: £695
  • Integral active steering: £995
  • Reversing assist camera: Included
  • Parking assistant: £195
  • Executive drive: £3,340

  • BMW display key: £235
  • Universal remote control: £195

  • Head up Display: £995
  • Wifi hotspot preparation: £0

  • Fine wood fineline ridge interior trim with pearl chrome highlight trim finishers: £250
  • Fine wood poplar grain grey interior trim with pearl chrome highlight trim finishers: £250
  • Sensatec instrument panel: £575
  • BMW Individual piano black trim with highlight trim finishers: £560
  • Aluminium fine cutting interior trim with pearl chrome highlight trim finishers: Included
  • Fine wood fineline cove interior trim with pearl chrome highlight trim finishers: £250
  • Galvanic embellisher for controls: £175
  • Ceramic finish for controls: £420

  • BMW advanced loudspeaker system: £395
  • Online entertainment: £160
  • BMW gesture control: £160
  • TV function plus including reception of digital TV stations: £1,050
  • Rear seat entertainment Experience - two screens with Blu-Ray player and HDMI/USB inputs: £1,995
  • Bowers and Wilkins diamond sound system: £3,750
  • Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system: £895

  • Panoramic glass sunroof: £1,460
  • Model designation: Included
  • Brilliant paint: £0
  • Model designation deletion: £0
  • Xirallic paint: £0
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • High gloss shadow line exterior trim inc. exterior mirror frame, base and triangle/window frame surround and recess cover/B pillar finisher: £290

  • Headlight washers: £225

  • Four Zone automatic air conditioning: £695
  • 2 zone automatic air conditioning: Included

  • Through loading ski bag: £75
  • Steering wheel heating: £185
  • Electric rear side window sunblinds: £395
  • Anthracite headlining: £265
  • Soft close doors: £435

  • Smokers pack: £40
  • Premium Package - 6 Series GT SE: £2,995
  • Driving assistant plus pack - 6 Series with traffic sign recognition: £2,250
  • Driving assistant pack - 6 Series/M6: £895
  • Rear seat comfort package - 6 Series GT: £3,155
  • Technology package - 6 Series: £1,495
  • Ambient air package - 6 series: £265

  • Metallic - Blue stone: £0
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £0
  • Metallic - Mediterranean blue: £0
  • Metallic - Mineral white: £0
  • Metallic - Glacier Silver: £0

  • Xirallic - Sophisto grey: £0
  • Brilliant paint - Royal burgundy red: £0

  • Dynamic safety: £280

  • Active front seat ventilation: £510
  • Front comfort seats: £1,705
  • Massage function for front seats: £795
  • Driver + front passenger electric lumbar support: £275
  • Front sports seats: £475
  • Front and rear seat heating: £325
  • Front seat heating: Included
  • Seat backrest adjustment for rear seat with cushion headrests: £420

  • Comfort access system with smart opener: £695

  • Fully electric towbar: £855

  • Dakota leather - Black/Black world: £0
  • Dakota leather - Ivory white/black world with exclusive stitching: £0
  • Dakota leather - Cognac with exclusive stitching and piping in contrast Black colour world: £0
  • Dakota leather - Canberra Beige/Canberra Beige world with exclusive stitching and contrast piping: £0

  • Run flat tyres: £0

  • 18" light V spoke alloy wheels - style 684 + Run flat tyres: £495
  • 19" V spoke light alloy wheels - style 620 + Run flat tyres: £895
  • 20" V spoke bi-colour light alloy wheel - style 628 + Run flat tyres: £1,995
  • 18" light multi spoke alloy wheels - style 619 + Run flat tyres: £250
  • 18" Light multi spoke alloy wheels - style 619: Included

  • Tyre mobility kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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