M Sport Gran Turismo
features around them – or giving mock royal waves along the Government House driveway – our two rear seat occupants loved the space and comfort provided to them.
There’s a 610-litre boot, extendable with 40:20:40 rear seatbacks down. Automatic tailgate operation is always fun. INFOTAINMENT Both variants use BMW’s iDrive6 infotainment system displayed on a 10.25inch touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard which can also be controlled by either the traditional rotary dial mounted on the centre console or by voice control.
Directly in front of the driver is a 12.3-inch multi-function instrument display screen that can be customised to the driver’s preferences.
The sound system is a 16-speaker Harmon/Kardon unit, there are two USB sockets, extended Bluetooth functionality, DAB digital radio and a wireless smartphone charging pad. SAFETY In addition to the standard range of safety equipment the 6 Series sedans have a package of advanced features called Driving Assistant Plus that include active cruise control; steering and lane control assist; lane keeping assist and departure warning; active side collision protection; front and rear cross-traffic warning; crossroads warning; evasion aid; and rear collision prevention.
Both variants also get enhanced M Sport brakes.
Also standard is Parking Assistant Plus which includes automated parking; front and rear park distance control; and front, rear and top view cameras.
There’s also a head-up display to reduce the amount of time the driver’s eyes are diverted from the road ahead. DRIVING The BMW 630i is a natural grand tourer – our down and back cruise along the M1 between the Central Coast and Sydney was smooth and relaxed both for the car and its occupants. The interior is extremely quiet.
Although there’s good visibility to the front and sides the larger A-pillar can cause problems around town and likewise the sloping angle of the hatch also restricts rearward visibility.
Once back to driving solo we took off into our normal semi-rural route to try out the BMW Adaptive 2-axle air-suspension system. There are three modes the names of which effectively explain their purpose: EcoPro, Comfort and Sport. Switching to Sport mode allows the car to lower itself by 10 mm and raise the rear spoiler for improved grip and traction.
Alternatively, the height can be raised by up to 20 mm to provide extra ground clearance for low-speed driving on uneven roads.
The eight-speed gearbox is smooth and fast with shift paddles for DIY changing.
While it’s unlikely that many buyers will be throwing the big Beemer around corners it’s reassuring to know that because it sits relatively low it can be done safely.
At the end of our week with a blend of urban, highway and country driving fuel consumption averaged out at a very acceptable 8.1 L/100 km for such a large vehicle. SUMMING UP It’s difficult to categorise the BMW 630i Gran Turismo. It looks like a coupe, but with the convenience of four passenger doors, a load area that’s almost to the level of a wagon and with its air suspension raised to its highest level isn’t that far short of an SUV.
With its high quality interior finish, comfortable seats, large windscreen and side windows and panoramic sunroof it’s a lovely vehicle to just sit in. Although its natural habitat is the German autobahn it cruises smoothly, almost silently and economically on our much slower motorways.
All in all a very impressive and versatile vehicle.
BIG BEEMER: BMW 630i GT looked right at home in the grounds of NSW Government House.