2020 BMW 6 Series GT review Sometimes, you simply have to face facts and admit that your bottom has got a little on the large side. For us mere mortals, that means going to the gym.
For BMWs 5 Series GT however, it meant a swoop from the designers pen, and overall you’d have to say it’s worked, because this is its replacement the 6 Series GT.
It retains the hatchback style but is now not based on the 5 Series platform, but on the same platform as the 7 Series luxury saloon. That means it’s longer
2020 BMW 6 Series GT review
than the 5 GT with a lower roof line and consequently a less dumpy back-end. It’s still not as swish looking as an Audi A7 Sportback or Mercedes CLS, but at
least buyers will feel like they’re driving something more nimble than a frumpy MPV. New Car Buying section and check out how much money we can save you. Although you can have one of two petrol
engines fitted to your 6 Series GT, it’s this straight six 3-litre diesel that is set to be the most popular choice. It’s brisk, lighter on fuel, and better on
CO2 emissions. It pulls well from low revs and is one of the quietest, smoothest diesels in its class. It is right up there with the Audi A7 3-litre
V6, and it’s only beaten by Mercedes’ 2.9 litre diesel. The 630d may be fast, but it’s 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 doesn’t grip the tarmac as well as a 5 Series, or its main rivals for tha matter. At least you can opt for an
xDrive four-wheel drive system that makes it feel more sure-footed in tricky conditions. But, allied to steering that doesn’t have as good feel as we would
like, the overall impression is that the A7 Sportback and Mercedes CLS do feel more agile. If comfort is your priority, then th 6 GT should be on your wishlist.
Air suspension comes as standard, and it iron out lumps and bumps in the road around town, and at motorway speeds, making this car a great long-distance cruiser.
Although BMW has reduced the height of the 6 Series GT rear-end, it’s kept the seats the same height – which means that you get a great visibility out the front
and the sides. They’re also very soft and comfortable, but you could do with a little bit more lateral support, especially if you like to drive fairly
briskly. For higher mileage users you may want to spec the adjustable lumbar support, that’s a shame that it doesn’t come as standard. In terms of interior
quality, there’s lots of soft touch plastics, piano black, and brushed aluminium look-alike plastic, but it’s actually really classy, and it’s been
lifted straight from the 5 Series. You get a 10.3-inch touchscreen, connected to the iDrive system, which is one of the best in the market. You have
to pay extra to get Apple CarPlay and Android users – don’t hate me! – but you cannot spec it, BMW have been rather remiss here and you cannot get Android
Auto, which is a bit of a disappointment. For space and practicality, the 6 Serie GT scores top marks. It’s as long as a 7 Series, so there’s oodles of space for
driver and passengers. Plus, there’s lots of storage compartments, there’s one there, and we’ve got two cupholders, and another little cubby there. The door bins
are big enough for a large bottle of water, and of course a banana, and the glovebox has got my sunglasses in, but let’s see if it can hold this water… Yes, with ease.
Now we’ll go to the rear seats. Plenty of room, you can fit three adults side-by-sid thanks to a decent amount of headroom.
If you’re a child, it might feel as big as a house back here! There’s also lots of added practicality because, we have some storage here. We’ve got two
cupholders, and if I fold that away we’ve got very large door bins. Big enough to accommodate another big bottle, or a teddy bear perhaps?
Put him there… and if you just excuse me, I’m going to watch a film about BMW racing cars… No I’m not! I’ve got a video review to do,
and I’d like to show you the space in the boot. The boot is bigger than both the A7 Sportback and Mercedes CLS but it is quite shallow, so the BMW 5-series
Touring is more practical here. Although the 6 Series GT is a big step up in price from a 5 Series Touring or saloon, it is more affordable to buy than
both the A7 Sportback and the Mercedes CLS. More good news! Even the cheapest SE trim comes with all the creature comforts most people will need, including
leather seats, climate control, sat-nav and all-round parking sensors. It’s a safe car too, scoring the maximum 5 stars in EuroNCAP crash-test, partly because
it has automatic emergency braking fitted as standard. The only area where it falls short compared with its rivals, is lane departure warning and assistance,
you have to pay extra for. Now we do realise, for a lot of people buying a four-door coupe, style is the number one priority. And for that reason the
swish A7 Sportback and Mercedes CLS are hard to overlook, and if you don’t need the space to carry 5 passengers in comfort, they are both great cars, but
bear in mind that the 6 Series GT has a great diesel engine, masses of space inside, and superb build quality inside and out, an it’s well worth considering if you’re in
the market for a large luxurious way t transport your family over long distances.