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BMW 6 Series GT review

The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo replaces the 5 GT, offering all the gadgetry and tech from the latest 7 Series in a practical hatchback body

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3.0 out of 5

  • Rear-seat space and practicality, powerful engines, impressive refinement
  • Still looks ungainly, not as sharp to drive as a 5 Series, high list prices
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Despite looking much like the old BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, the new 6 GT is a far more accomplished car. Supposedly mixing the space and tech of a 7 Series with the dynamic grace of a 5 Series, the 6 GT should be the perfect compromise, but in reality it’s not as appealing. It feels suitably luxurious, and space in the back is very impressive, but it still feels a little lardy on the road. Its heavy-handed styling and bulky rear-end means it’s not ideally suited to European tastes, and will remain a bit of a niche offering here.

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The 6 GT badge was brand-new for 2017. Despite looking much like the old BMW 5 GT, the new car is actually based on the larger 7 Series. BMW has seen huge success from its supposedly ‘niche’ models – especially ones like the X4 and X6 – and as a result has chosen to funnel funds at its large executive hatchback.

Rather than turn its back on the slow-selling 5 GT, BMW reinvented it as a 6 Series variant. Said to offer the space and tech of a 7 Series but with the handling prowess of the smaller 5 Series, the 6 GT should offer the best of both world. In reality, it doesn’t quite work. 

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Available in just one bodystyle (even the standard 6 Series Coupe and Convertible will use the 8 Series badge in 2018), the 6 GT is a five-seat executive hatchback with little in the way of direct rivals. BMW may mention models like the Audi A7 and Mercedes CLS, but their sleek shapes offer quite different propositions.

The engine line-up is a bit limited, too, with only three options at launch. The entry-level 630i GT gets a four-cylinder turbo petrol motor, while the flagship six-cylinder cars are badged 630d and 640i. We’ve not driven the most basic model yet, and every car we’ve tried has been in M Sport spec. An SE is also available. All cars use an eight-speed Sport Automatic gearbox, while xDrive all-wheel drive is optional on the 30d. It’s standard on the 40i. 

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