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The BMW 6 Series GT serves as the 'Tourer' version of the existing 5 Series sedan. It is built around the idea of offering a more luxurious and spacious option to its 5 series sedan along with the added looks of a Coupe.
The 6GT sits between the 5-series sedan and the 7-series limousine in BMW's portfolio. The 6 Series GT is 150mm longer than the 5 series sedan. The wheelbase of the 6 Series Gran Turismo is 3,070mm which is 95mm longer than the 5-Series sedan.
We recently got our hands on the 630i GT for a couple of days and drove it in the city and on the highway. Read more to find out!
The styling of the 630i GT is practically the same as the previous 5 Series GT. The front-end is carried over from the 5 Series with the sleek headlamps which are split by the brand's trademark kidney grille. However, the grille on the 6 Series GT gets active vents, which open up when the engine is hot so that the outside air can cool it. When those vents are shut, it improves the car's aerodynamics.
The car features revised LED headlight clusters with DRLs. It also gets LED fog lamps which are integrated into the front bumper and are offered as standard with the Sport line trim. The BMW Adaptive LED headlights are really bright which provide excellent visibility during night.
Moving to the side, the car gets the Sport Line chrome badging and shoulder lines that run through the entire cars length till the LED taillights. The four doors with frameless windows, the couple-style, gently sloping roofline adds to the car's overall aura.
The rear of the new 630i GT retains its predecessor's aerodynamic design, including a spoiler which extends automatically at higher speeds to generate the necessary downforce. Also, the car gets a pair of sleek LED taillights and twin chrome split tailpipes on either side if the bumper giving it a sporty look. The rear also features the 'GT' and the '630i' badging in chrome on the boot.
Up front, the dashboard looks like a direct carry-over from the 5 series sedan. There is soft-touch leather present all over the dashboard giving it a premium finish. The combination of the digital instruments (which changes themes as one toggles through the modes), the center infotainment display and even the colour touch screen for the climate control system work beautifully to give the cabin a very modern look.
The cabin is also a fairly sporty place to be in especially, with the chunky steering and BMW's joystick-like gear lever. There is a lot of brushed aluminium trim pieces everywhere, which enhances the cabin's overall looks. Quality is excellent just about everywhere, but the drive mode selector switches beside the gear lever does seem to be a bit fiddly to operate while on the move.
Stereo & Infotainment
The 6 Series GT comes equipped with BMW's Connected Drive system which inludes the multifunctional 10.25-inch touch screen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The display is controlled by the i-Drive controller but owners can also take charge of the setup using BMW's Gesture Control which recognises six pre-defined hand movements.
The rear seat entertainment system guarantees great entertainment. It includes two 10.2-inch colour screens behind the front-seat backrests, a BluRay player, HDMI connection for mobiles, as well as various connections for MP3 players and game consoles. The car also sports a 19-speaker setup along with a sub-woofer.
Practicality, Comfort & Boot
When it comes to comfort, the 630i has a lot on offer. Step inside the car and you will be welcomed with seats covered in either Saddle Brown or Veneto Beige (the one we were testing) Dakota leather upholstery. The driver and passenger can accommodate themselves very comfortably, thanks to the electrically adjustable front seats that also feature memory function.
However, it's the second row that makes the 630i GT special. Open the rear doors and what becomes instantly evident is that the 6GT is far roomier than the 5 Series. The 6 Series Gran Turismo has got ample amount of space in the back, a feeling which is further enhanced by the large windows and huge panoramic sunroof. The rear seats can also be electrically reclined which again increases the comfort levels of the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo.
Even a six-footer has enough legroom to stretch out. And for a car that boasts a coupé-like roofline, the headroom on offer is good too. Also, the 6GT is quite practical practical enough car as it features bottle holders, keyless engine ignition, six airbags, cup holders, an armrest for the driver and the passenger (which opens into a glovebox), four-zone climate control, aluminium door sills along with a storage box with USB and AUX input.
The car has a massive 610-liter boot, which is more than enough to accommodate enough luggage for five people. The luggage compartment expands to a massive 1,800-litres thanks to a 40/20/40 split rear seat.
Engine & performance
Under the bonnet of the 630i GT is the same turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine that powers the BMW 330i and 530i. However, the engine is at a higher state of tune in the 630i and pumping out 258bhp and 400Nm of peak torque. The engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission which is a smooth operator and allows for imperceptible gear shifts. The BMW 630i GT sprints from 0 to 100km/h in under 6.5 seconds an continues to accelrate till it hits the electronically limited top speed of 250km/hr.
At any given point of time and in any gear, the transmission collaborates perfectly with the engine, enabling it to function efficienctly. The car has four driving modes on offer - Sport, Comfort, Eco Pro and Adaptive. In the city, we recommend Eco Pro and Comfort, which will help with fuel efficiency while the other two modes are better used on open tarmac.
With its air suspension, the ride height can be raised by 20mm, making the 6GT perfect to tackle India's bumpy roads. Keep the car in Comfort and you'll love how pliant it feels over the bumps. The car glides over surface imperfections, and the minimal road and suspension noise just enhance that experience.
Take the car through some tight corners and the suspension works its majic reducing the side-to-side movement you'd typically experience in a car with such a long wheelbase. Additionally, the 50:50 weight distribution and low centre of gravity make the ride quality just perfect for our road conditions.
The BMW 630i GT sits on 245/50 R18 tyres. While the 18-inch alloys are big in size, the car's enormous length and overall bulk somehow makes them look rather small. The tyres provide excellent grip at high speeds as well as during tight cornering.
During our tests, the 630i GT returned an overall fuel economy of 8km/l. On the highway with EcoPro mode engaged the car averaged 10.5km/l. With a tank capacity of 68-liters, the BMW 630i GT has a driving range of alteast 544kms, which is quite good for a petrol tourer.
As far as safety is concerned, the BMW 630i GT is equipped with six airbags, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with brake assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Side-impact Protection, Run-flat tyres (RFT) with reinforced sidewalls, electronic vehicle immobiliser, crash sensor and an emergency spare wheel.
Service & Warranty
BMW offers its Service Inclusive and Service Inclusive Plus services packages as an option with the 6 Series Gran Turismo. These service packages cover all routine service and maintenance work with a choice of plans that start from three years or 40,000 kilometres and go all the way up to 10 years or 2,00,000 kilometres.
The BMW 630i Gran Turismo goes up against the long-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz E 350d.
Promeet Ghosh Thinks!
I started this review with a question asking if the 630i GT Sport Line offered the best of both worlds? The answer is a definite yes as far as practicality and performance are concerned. The BMW 630i GT carries a price tag of Rs 59 lakh ex-showroom (pan India), which is certainly not on the afforable side of the market. However, if you wanted that little extra from the 5 Series but don't want to switch brand loyalties, the 6 Series GT may just be the car for you.