Sometimes you simply have to face facts and admit that your bottom has gotten a little on the large side. For us mere mortals that probably means going down to the gym. However, for BMWís old 5 Series GT it literally means a swoop from the designerís pen. Judging by our picture of the 5 Series GT replacement, the 6 Series GT, youíd have to say that itís worked a treat!
The 6 Series GT retains the hatchback style but is no longer based on the BMW 5 Series platform but instead is based on the BMW 7 Series luxury saloon platform. This means that itís now longer than the 5 Series GT has a lower roofline and consequently a less dumpy back-end. Ok, itís still not as swish looking as an Audi A7 Sportback or Mercedes Benz CLS but at least buyers will feel that theyíre driving something more nimble than a frumpy MPV.
Although you can have one of two petrol engines fitted to your 6 Series GT itís the straight six 3.0 litre diesel thatís set to be the most popular choice amongst car buyers. This variant is brisk, lighter on fuel and much better on CO2 emissions. It pulls well from low revs and has to be one of the quietest and smoothest diesel cars in its class. It is right up there with the Audi A7 3.0 litre V6 and is only beaten by Mercedesís 2.9 litre diesel. The 630d may be fast but itís no sports car when it comes to handling. Even though the 6 Series GT has been on a diet it still feels heavy in corners and doesnít grip the corners as well as a 5 Series or its main rivals for that matter. At least you can opt for an xDrive four-wheel-drive system that makes it feel more sure-footed in tricky conditions. However, allied to steering that doesnít have as good a feel as we would like, the overall impression is that the A7 Sportback and Mercedes Benz CLS do feel more agile. If comfort is your priority then the 6 Series GT should certainly be on your shortlist. The air suspension comes as standard and it irons out all those lumps and bumps in the road that you come across around town and at motorway speeds. What this does is make this car a great long-distance cruiser.
Although BMW have reduced the height of the 6 Series GTís rear-end, theyíve managed to keep the height of the seats the same. This means you get great visibility at the front and the sides. The seats are also very soft and comfortable though we think you could do with a little bit more lateral support especially if you drive fairly briskly. For higher mileage users you may want to spec the adjustable lumbar support which is a shame that it doesnít come as standard. In terms of interior quality thereís lots of soft touch plastics, piano black finishes and brushed aluminium look-alike plastic but the overall feel is really classy. You get a 10.3 inch touchscreen which is connected to BMWís iDrive system. You canít really go wrong with this system as itís one of the best on the market. Unfortunately, you have to pay extra to get Apple Car Play and for some strange reason BMW have decided not to provide Android Auto which is a bit of a disappointment. As for space and practicality, the 6 Series GT really does score top marks. Itís now as long as a 7 Series so thereís oodles of space for drivers and passengers. Thereís also lots of storage compartments, large door bins and the glove box can easily hold a large bottle of water with ease.
Thereís plenty of room in the back in the 6 Series GT. You can easily fit three adults side-by-side thanks to a decent amount of head and legroom and if youíre a child then it might feel as big as a house in the back! Thereís also lots of added practicality because thereís lots of storage, cup holders and large door bins dotted around. The boot is bigger than both the A7 Sportback and the Mercedes CLS but it is quite shallow so the BMW 5 Series Touring is certainly more practical in this area.
Although the 6 Series GT is a big step up in price from a 5 Series Touring or Saloon itís more affordable to buy than both the A7 Sportback and the Mercedes CLS. In fact, even the cheapest SE trim comes with all the creature comforts that most people will need. These include features such as sat nav, leather seats, climate control and all-round parking sensors. Itís a safe car too as itís scored the maximum 5 stars in EuroNCAP crash-tests mainly due to the fact that it has automatic emergency braking it has fitted as standard. The only area where it falls a little bit short, compared with its rivals, is lane departure warning and assistance where you have to pay extra to get this fitted in.
We do realised that for a lot of people buying a four-door coupe style is the number one priority. Itís for this reason that the swish Audi A7 Sportback and Mercedes CLS are hard to overlook. If you donít need to space to carry five passengers in comfort then they are both great cars. However, you need to bear in mind that the 6 Series GT has a great diesel engine, has masses of space and superb build quality both inside and out. This car is well worth considering if youíre in the market for a large luxurious way to transport your family over large distances. If youíre tempted and are looking to buy a BMW 6 Series GT car for sale then take a look at what we have available on the DesperateSeller.co.uk website.