What's the used BMW 6 Series hatchback like?
Like chalk and cheese, practicality and style are two very different things. Combining the pair isn't easy, but the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo (or GT) makes an attempt at accomplishing this feat. Is it a success? Well, you can be the judge when it comes to style, but its sleek exterior design comes at very little detriment to interior and boot space. And that makes it a very compelling luxury car buy, especially used.
Its predecessor, the 5 Series Gran Turismo sold relatively well in places such as the US and China, but proved something of an acquired taste on these shores, finding precious few homes. The 6 Series GT, though, is less divisive to look at, and – better still – promises great things for enthusiastic drivers, thanks to sharing the brilliant, current-gen 5 Series' underpinnings.
So, the 6 Series GT’s pace makes it good for overtaking and sprinting down motorway slip roads, but it’s not exactly a sports car in the corners. All 640i models have BMW’s xDrive four-wheel drive system; it was an option on both the 620d and 630d. With it, you rarely find the wheels struggling for traction, but the car’s sheer size makes it feel less eager to change direction than a 5 Series.
Overall, sitting behind the wheel of the 6 Series GT is a pleasing experience. Its driving seat is soft but supportive in the main, but you might wish there was more side bolstering for a firmer hold through corners. There’s plenty of seat and steering wheel adjustment, though, so all shapes and sizes of driver should fit comfortably.
The 6 Series GT’s interior shares the 5 Series’ dashboard, and that’s a very good thing. The materials that surround you are BMW’s latest, consisting of soft plastics, piano black and chrome trims. BMW’s attractive ambient interior lighting is standard, allowing you to select the colour of illumination to your own taste.
Furthermore, BMW’s Professional iDrive infotainment system came as standard from new, with a wide 10.3in colour screen that's controlled most easily using the rotary dial and shortcut buttons between the front seats, or, if you wish, you can operate it as a touchscreen. It remains among the best infotainment systems on sale for ease of use and visual quality.
Front passenger space is exceptional and so is rear space – it's even possible for adults to sit three abreast comfortably. The boot's superb 610-litre capacity provides impressive space for buggies or suitcases; we fitted nine carry-on suitcases inside, but if that's not enough, the rear seats fold almost flat in a practical 40/20/40 configuration to provide a lengthy extended load bay for (rather posh) trips to the tip.