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Overall reader verdict 5 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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BMW 6 Series Coupe
4 reader reviews for BMW 6 Series Coupe.
  • 640d SE 2dr

    David Bradwell , Hertfordshire . Date: 12/04/2012
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      41

    My car

    The new 6 series is nearly brilliant, but taller drivers will find that in SE trim it's let down by its seats and seating position.

    I'm 6'4" and the standard seats are too short to offer adequate thigh support, and there are serious compromises in position if you're tall. The problem is that the seat appears to be adjustable on a diagonal. If you move it back it goes down. If you raise it up it comes forward. It's impossible to have it far enough back for adequate leg room without seriously compromising visibilty.

    It took nearly a month of experimenting to find a partly acceptable compromise, but even then (and even with the optional lumbar adjustment) there's more than a hint of back ache about the whole thing. And, on top of that, the seat belt is attached to the seat rather than the door pillar, and not height adjustable so if you're tall you're done for again. It's very tight across your shoulder and rubs horribly as you drive. A padded jacket helps, but that's not much use in warmer weather.

    Sports seats in the M Sport version, or the optional comfort seats may improve things slightly but they're both considerably expensive, and really the standard seats should be far, far better given the price of the car. Even with those, though, the seatbelt may still be a problem.

    It's a real shame because in all other respects it's quite magnificent, and looks sensational in mineral white metallic. Alas I doubt I'd have another.

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