BMW 6 Series GT review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The 6 GT is a big car, and as a result, offers plenty of space for passengers – large or small
The new BMW 6 Series GT is much more practical than the 5 GT it replaces. By making a few key changes, the firm has improved the packaging of its niche executive hatchback – improving passenger and luggage space in the process.
Up front, the driving position is higher than you’ll find in a 5 Series, but it’s a very comfortable car to drive long distances. All cars get a lower rear bench for improved headroom, too, while the longer wheelbase means kneeroom is also improved. Finally, bootspace has grown by up to 110 litres, making it much easier to load bulky items.
The BMW 6 GT is over five metres long, 1.9m-wide and 1.54m-high. To put that into context, it’s fractionally shorter than a 7 Series, but just as wide and even taller. It’s a big car, whichever way you look at it, in fact - and it feels that way on the road.
Its bulbous rear end and wide track makes it feel like big beast in tight multi-storey car parks, but the standard-fit rear-view camera makes reversing easier. Over-the-shoulder visibility isn’t great, however.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
There is simply no arguing with the space on offer inside the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo. It really is as spacious as a 7 Series, while the more practical hatchback tailgate means loading large items shouldn’t prove too tricky, either.
Take a seat in the rear, and the 6 GT shames its conventional rivals. It’s much bigger than the outgoing Audi A7 and Mercedes CLS, that’s for sure. It’ll even shame SUV alternatives like its X5 sibling, as well as the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7. Only a Range Rover can compete.
By ditching the 5 GT’s theatre-style rear bench, the 6 GT offers more headroom for taller adults. The longer wheelbase, which now matches that of the latest 7 Series, means legroom is improved, too. Optional reclining backrests are available, electronically tilting by up to six degrees for extra comfort.
A big complaint about the old 5 GT was with regards bootspace. In response to this, BMW has added an extra 110 litres with the seats up, and 100 litres with the seats down. That means the 6 GT offers a total load space of up to 1,800 litres. For comparison, even the Shooting Brake version of the outgoing Mercedes CLS only boasts 1,550 litres, while the space is bigger even than you’ll find in a BMW 5 Series Touring.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe 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
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe 6 Series GT is more comfort-oriented than the 5 Series, and is less sharp to drive as a result. Engines are strong, however
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe BMW 6 GT is a big car, and with big cars come big bills
- 4Interior, design and technologyExterior looks is more digestible than 5 Series GT, but still awkward from some angles. Interior is as nicely trimmed and tech-laden as you’d expect from BMW
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe 6 GT is a big car, and as a result, offers plenty of space for passengers – large or small
- 6Reliability and SafetyIt’s too early to assess reliability accurately, but engine are tried and tested, while loads of cutting edge safety kit means it’s very safe