BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe Review
With the dawn of the 4-door Coupe, which has now become established in the market with the likes of the VW CC, Mercedes CLS (once nicknamed the banana car) and the Audi A7, BMW’s answer to fill the gap between the 5-Series and the 7-Series was the 6-Series Gran Coupe.Based largely on the lines of the 6-Series Coupe, the Gran Coupe extends things and uses these nice lines to good effect. Extending the wheelbase and slipping in a coupe of extra doors, whilst keeping a nice downward curve on the roof-line means this is a low-slung luxury 4-door that feels sporty but can comfortably seat 4 people.
From every angle the 6-Series Gran Coupe looks like it was designed like this rather than trying to force the design of the Coupe to fit the Gran Coupe. On profile, the snub from end looks a little odd, however from any other angle it works nicely and its an attractive car to look at. The model we had on test was the 640d M-Sport. The most popular variant with the powerful v6 diesel engine share by the 530d coupled to the smooth automatic transmission putting all the power through the 20³ rear wheels on this vehicle. The M-Sport styling brings smarter lines, a lower stance on the road and larger 19³ wheels over the SE. With the M-Sport being largely the de-facto trim level chosen, going for an SE would be unwise from an outright purchase point of view and from a leasing point of view the demand and subsequently improved residual value dictates better value for money on the M-Sport too.
The 640d engine is also the most popular choice. Producing 313hp and a huge amount of torque, it will propel you from 0-62mph in just 5.4s whilst returning a very healthy 50mpg combined. In this configuration the BMW 640d M-Sport Gran Coupe certainly ticks all the boxes of looks, performance, and economy.
The specification box is also ticked with it coming with an impressive spec as standard which includes Bluetooth Hands Free, BMW’s Professional HDD Navigation System, Leather Upholstery with Heated Front Sports Seats, Front & Rear Parking Sensors, Auto Lights & Wipers, Paddleshift Gearbox, 19³ M-Sport Alloy Wheels, and of course the M-Sport Bodystyling. Plumping up an extra £2,795 will give you larger 20³ Alloy Wheels, Head Up Display (a nice option) and the impressive Harmon/Kardon Sound Upgrade.
Moving onto the inside of the 6-Series Gran Coupe, comfort wise you have nothing to worry about. The standard Sports Seats are supportive and very comfortable. However, for that extra touch the Comfort Seat option (on the test model) is certainly worth a look. A long drive in these seats, with almost infinite adjustment leaves you feeling like you have been sat on a comfy sofa all that time. It is worth a side note that the seats on the Gran Coupe are clearly taken directly from the Coupe as the seat buttons used by a rear passenger in a coupe to facilitate exit are plainly visible on the Gran Coupe.
Tech wise, everything is easily accessible via the i-Drive. Some find this a distraction and I am inclined to agree. However, once you are used to it, you should be able to do most things without looking at it of succumbing to its dubbed i-Crash identity. The ride is supple yet not boat like, at speed you waft along in relative silence with no drama whatsoever. However, switching over over to Sport+ mode will firm everything up and give the car that more direct traditional BMW feel capable of putting a smile on your face on winding A and B roads.
Overall, the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, like its smaller sibling the 4-Series Gran Coupe (which we reviewed here), is a triumph of design, applying much of the luxury of the 7-Series, and the performance of the 5-Series, into the form-factor of the 6-Series Coupe, essentially bringing you the best of all worlds.
As a company car choice for a senior manager or director, the 6-Series makes a lot of sense. It has the looks and performance, whilst keeping the economy and more manageable size. Once of the best bits is perhaps the cost to lease the 6-Series Gran Coupe. With the 640d M-Sport on a standard 3+35, 10,000 mpa contract hire, coming in between £450 and £550+VAT per month, depending on what deals are on at the time, it would be difficult to think of a reason not to consider the 6-Series Gran Coupe as an addition to your fleet.
If you would like to find out more about the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, or are interested in leasing one, please contact JCS Fleet on 01223 911 761 or complete the online enquiry form using the link at the bottom of this page.