What's the used BMW 6 Series sports like?
The BMW 6 Series Coupé makes a splendid long-distance tourer – the sort of car you could quite happily use for spending a very pleasant day driving from Saint-Malo to Saint-Raphaël and still arrive feeling fresh and in time for dinner.
However, if it were a really pleasant day, you wouldn’t want to be trapped inside a closed-top car. Enter the BMW 6 Series Convertible, for those who enjoy grand touring and want to top up their tan en route.
All the virtues of the coupé – punchy and refined engines, glorious performance and upmarket interior – remain. There are few cars as comfortable for long-distance driving, even if the large and heavy 6 Series isn’t exactly the last word in driver finesse.
There isn’t a bad engine in the 6 Series range, but our recommended variant is the 640d, which uses a 309bhp 3.0-litre diesel to provide a great blend of power, smooth running and fuel economy.
For those who want petrol power, there's a 3.0-litre unit in the 640i and a powerful 4.4-litre V8 in the 650i.
Plus, there's an M6 performance model, which is hugely fast with its 552bhp twin-turbocharged petrol V8.
Make no mistake, the 6 Series is no sports car, but it’s composed and stable and rides well, especially on the optional adaptive dampers. Its interior is a leathery delight, and its boot is more than up to the task of taking a week’s holiday luggage. And at any age, this BMW has great kerb appeal.
And all this is before you’ve considered its folding soft-top roof, which turns it from tight and refined grand tourer into an embracing-the-elements, wind-in-the-hair, chic cruiser.