BMW

BMW 6 SERIES GRAN TURISMO DIESEL HATCHBACK 620d M Sport 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2167 g/km

The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo is a uniquely styled five-door executive car that certainly won't be for everybody but it is pretty unique. And a great deal more appealing than this model was in its previous 5 Series Gran Turismo guise thanks to smartened styling, improved efficiency, an updated cabin and extra boot space. Choose it over a 5 Series Touring estate if you want more generous rear legroom and extra exclusivity.

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 reports.

Ten Second Review

The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo is a uniquely styled five-door executive car that certainly won't be for everybody but it is pretty unique. And a great deal more appealing than this model was in its previous 5 Series Gran Turismo guise thanks to smartened styling, improved efficiency, an updated cabin and extra boot space. Choose it over a 5 Series Touring estate if you want more generous rear legroom and extra exclusivity.

Background

You might think that with its 7 Series luxury saloon, its huge 5 Series Touring executive estate and its X5 luxury 4x4, BMW had pretty much covered all the bases for well-heeled business-minded family buyers. Not a bit of it. The Bavarian maker also thinks there's room in the market for a model that combines the best bits of all these cars: long distance comfort, practical carrying space and purposeful elevated SUV style. It's called the 6 Series Gran Turismo. This car is a development of the old 5 Series Gran Turismo model that the Bavarian maker launched back in 2009 and like its predecessor, it aims to combine sports car looks with executive saloon space. This time round, the styling is longer and sleeker and there's more interior space and lighter weight. The xDrive 4WD system is standard on most models too. So how does it all stack up?

Driving Experience

For our market, three engines are being offered - two petrol units and one diesel. Most buyers will choose the single diesel model, a 630d variant powered by a 263bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine. The petrol options are the 630i and 640i derivatives, which use a 255bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo and more potent 335bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo respectively. The engines all feature the usual BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and all variants have to have an eight-speed Steptronic auto transmission with paddles as standard. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol unit in the 630i Gran Turismo manages zero to 62mph in 6.3 seconds. The 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line petrol engine in the 640i xDrive variant improves the sprint figure to 5.3 seconds. The 630d version accelerates from zero to 62mph in 6.1 seconds. BMW's xDrive four-wheel-drive system is available on all but the entry-level petrol model. All versions feature self-levelling air-suspension on the rear axle. Two-axle air-suspension plus adaptive dampers are available as an option. As usual with BMWs, there's a 'Drive Performance Control' system to adjust the car's settings according to the driving conditions. As well as an efficiency-minded 'ECO PRO' mode, the set-up has 'COMFORT' and 'SPORT' settings, while customers who choose the 'Adaptive' and 'Executive Drive' options that include adaptive damping add 'COMFORT+' and 'ADAPTIVE' modes to the Drive Performance Control selection.

Design and Build

In place of the lumpy, clunky looks of the old 5 Series Gran Turismo model, there's a more eye-catching profile this time round. The 6 Series Gran Turismo is 87mm longer and 21mm lower than its predecessor and 64mm of height has been shaved off the rear end to give the car a sportier stance. The A-pillars are much more heavily raked than before and the flowing roofline and sweeping side window design gives more of a coupe look. This model is 150kg lighter than its predecessor too. Inside, the cabin's more spacious. At the wheel, a raised seating position optimises the driver's all-round view and the dash is dominated by a freestanding 10.25-inch touchscreen for navigation, communication and infotainment functions, featuring optional gesture control, which allows certain functions to be operated with simple movements of the hand or fingers. These are registered by a 3D sensor in the centre console and translated into the relevant commands. Customers can also opt for the new-generation BMW Head-Up Display. The rear has three full-size seats and customers can opt for electrically-adjustable chairs where the backrest angle can be altered at the push of a button. 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

Prices start at around £47,000 for the 630i petrol variant, with the pokier 640i derivative (which comes only with xDrive 4WD) priced at around £54,000. The 630d diesel most will want is priced from just over £50,000 in rear-driven form, or at around £53,000 with xDrive 4WD. Think in terms of a premium of around £3,000 over an equivalently-specifed 530d Touring estate and you won't be too far out. As with the 5 Series, only 'SE' and 'M Sport' trims are being offered. Standard equipment across the range includes automatic climate control and a rear-view camera. Stylish 18-inch light-alloy wheels are standard on 'SE' variants and rims of up to 21 inches in size can be ordered. 'M Sport' models get specific 19-inch light alloy wheels, leather upholstery with exclusive stitching, plus illuminated door sill strips. A thumping 16-speaker 1,400-watt Bowers and Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System can be ordered as option, whilst a panoramic glass roof is standard on 'M Sport' models and optionally available on the 'SE' variants. Camera-driven safety kit includes the 'Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Collision Mitigation' autonomous braking system, while the list of options includes an improved version of BMW's 'Active Cruise Control' set-up, along with 'Lane Departure' and 'Lane Change Warning' technology, plus there's a 'Crossing Traffic warning' feature and systems that deal with potential hazards at crossroads, junctions and one-way streets.

Cost of Ownership

While we remind ourselves that this is a car aimed squarely at the US and Chinese markets, it's worth remembering that it's also been engineered to pass the stringent Euro VI emissions regulations. The diesel cars have been treated to a whole slew of post-combustion processes, such as the fitment of a clever urea trap in the exhaust system to cut down on NoX emissions. The injection systems of the BMW petrol engines have also been incrementally improved, with even tinier holes that a fine mist of carefully measured petrol can be squeezed through, allowing for the car to be more efficient in its warm up cycle. Even the turbo waste gates are electronically controlled by tiny motors. Choose a petrol-engined 630i and you'll get 43.4mpg and 148g/km, which is a fair return for a car with 258bhp that's bigger than some central American republics. The 640i xDrive derivative manages 35.3mpg and 183g/km. The 630d version most will choose manages 57.6mpg and 129g/km in 2WD form - or 49.5mpg and 150g/km in xDrive guise. All variants are helped in their returns by Auto Start-Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and the ECO PRO function to aid with economical driving. Advanced ancillary units, such as the on-demand coolant pump and the electronically controlled oil pump, further enhance intelligent energy management.

Summary

It's hard to fault the thinking behind this 6 Series Gran Turismo. You'd think, after all, that there would be a significant number of luxury saloon buyers wanting SUV-style road presence, plenty of SUV owners needing something a little less in your face and even a fairly large-sized batch of executive estate customers wanting something a little more interesting this time round. Now all of these people had options before this GT came along of course, but these always required compromising on the core values that each group held dear. In contrast, this BMW offers more of what they want with none of the concessions normally needed. Of course, there's always the danger that in trying to be too many things to too many people, you can end up pleasing nobody, but then this German brand has never been a company averse to taking a few risks. In this case, that's brought us a fascinating blend of upmarket class, refinement, and practicality that once more proves the Bavarians' mastery in making large heavy cars handle like much smaller, sportier ones. It's over long distances at high speeds though, that it really comes into its own. A Gran Turismo - just as BMW promised.

  • 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
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Engine drag torque control
  • 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

  • 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
  • Personal Profile
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • On board diagnostics
  • Outside temperature display
  • 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
  • Oil sensor for level and grade
  • 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
  • iDrive touch controller with shortcut buttons

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

  • Sensatec instrument panel

  • 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
  • Active rear spoiler
  • All round anti-corrosion system
  • Active air stream kidney grille
  • Panoramic glass sunroof
  • Left and right single chrome quadrilateral exhaust tailpipes
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • M aerodynamic bodystyling
  • Body coloured side sills

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

  • 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)
  • M specific key
  • M specific pedals
  • M specific steering wheel
  • Front and rear door sill inlays with illuminated BMW M designation
  • Lockable glove compartment with light
  • Electrical steering column with adjustable height and length with activation and control on the steering column
  • Multifunction controls for leather steering wheel
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders + storage
  • 12v power outlet - front
  • Securing rings in luggage compartment
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Storage pockets in backrests of front seats
  • Passenger footwell storage net
  • Storage net in luggage compartment

  • 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
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release with hazard warning lights and interior lighting + battery safety cut-off
  • Deformation zones - front and rear with door reinforcements and bumpers up to 2.5 mph
  • 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
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment with rear outer seats includes top tether
  • Electric front seat adjustment with driver memory

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

  • Automatic transmission with gearshift paddles

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • CO2 (g/km): 129
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.018
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 196
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 163
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 151
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 178
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 169
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 195
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 201
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 161
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 169
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 149
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 156
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 175
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 182
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 174
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 167

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • 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: 1995
  • Engine Code: B47D20O1

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.6
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 52.3
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 61.4
  • EC Combined (mpg): 57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 42.8

  • Coin Series: M Sport
  • Coin Description: d
  • 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: 190
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 40E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8
  • Engine Power - KW: 140
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 190
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.9
  • Top Speed: 137

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 647M
  • Tyre Size Rear: 275/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/45 R19

  • Width (including mirrors): 2158
  • Height: 1538
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 5091
  • Width: 1902
  • Wheelbase: 3070

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1765
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2440
  • 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: 675
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1800
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.3

  • Sun protection glass: £390

  • Anthracite Velour floor mats: Included
  • M specific floor mats: £0

  • Adaptive 2-axle air suspension: £1,670
  • M sport suspension: Included

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

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

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

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

  • Ceramic finish for controls: £420
  • BMW Individual piano black trim with highlight trim finishers: £560
  • 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
  • Aluminium fine cutting interior trim with pearl chrome highlight trim finishers: £0
  • Aluminium rhombicle 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

  • 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
  • BMW advanced loudspeaker system: £395
  • Online entertainment: £160

  • Trim designation deletion on side: £0
  • Chrome line exterior: £0
  • Solid paint: £0
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Model designation deletion: £0
  • Xirallic paint: £0
  • Brilliant paint: £0
  • Model designation: Included
  • High gloss shadow line exterior trim inc. exterior mirror frame, base and triangle/window frame surround and recess cover/B pillar finisher: Included
  • M designation on left and right front side panels: Included

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

  • Dakota leather upholstery: Included
  • Exclusive Nappa leather upholstery: £775
  • Soft close doors: £435
  • Steering wheel heating: £185
  • Electric rear side window sunblinds: £395
  • Through loading ski bag: £75

  • Driving assistant pack - 6 Series/M6: £895
  • Smokers pack: £40
  • Driving assistant plus pack - 6 Series with traffic sign recognition: £2,250
  • Premium Package - 6 Series GT M Sport: £1,395
  • M sport Plus Package - 6 Series GT: £2,040
  • Rear seat comfort package - 6 Series GT: £3,155
  • Technology package - 6 Series: £1,495
  • Ambient air package - 6 series: £265
  • M Sport Plus package with Bowers and Wilkins sound system - 6 Series GT: £4,895

  • Metallic - Blue stone: £0
  • Metallic - Carbon black: £0
  • Metallic - Mineral white: £0

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

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

  • Dynamic safety: £280

  • Massage function for front seats: £795
  • Driver + front passenger electric lumbar support: £275
  • Front sports seats: Included
  • Front comfort seats: £1,265
  • Front and rear seat heating: £325
  • Active front seat ventilation: £510
  • Seat backrest adjustment for rear seat with cushion headrests: £420
  • Front seat heating: Included

  • Comfort access system with smart opener: £695

  • Fully electric towbar: £855

  • Dakota leather - Black/Black world with exclusive stitching: £0
  • Dakota leather - Black/Black world with exclusive blue stitching: £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
  • Exclusive Nappa leather - Black with exclusive stitching and piping in Black colour world: £775
  • Exclusive Nappa leather - Ivory white with exclusive stitching and piping in Black colour world: £775
  • Exclusive Nappa leather - Mocha with exclusive stitching and piping in Black colour world: £775
  • Dakota leather - Canberra Beige/Canberra Beige world with exclusive stitching and contrast piping: £0

  • 19" M Double spoke bi-colour light alloy wheels - style 647M + Run flat tyres: Included
  • 20" M Double spoke bi-colour light alloy wheels - style 648M + Run flat tyres: £1,195

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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