Dy­namic BWM has 6 ap­peal

Solihull News - - MOTORING NEWS - BMW 630D XDRIVE GT M SPORT By Max­ine Ashford

RE­MEM­BER the BMW 5 Se­ries GT? Well, it has been re­placed by the mighty 6 Se­ries GT but, be­lieve me, it’s any­thing but a sim­ple re­badg­ing ex­er­cise.

The new model is 9cm longer, fea­tures the same wheel­base as the lux­u­ri­ous 7 Se­ries, it has shed some weight and it’s also been low­ered to give the car a more dy­namic sports coupe styling.

There’s a choice of two diesels or two petrol en­gines and we opted for the 3.0- litre 265hp diesel ver­sion mated to an eight- speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion with pad­dle shift.

This car started life cost­ing £ 56,100, but af­ter a raft of op­tional ex­tras had been added, the cost had risen to £ 71,145.

When it comes to per­for­mance, the 630d can sprint from 0- 62mph in 6.0 sec­onds, maxes out at 155mph and can de­liver com­bined fuel econ­omy of 47.9mpg with car­bon emis­sions of 154g/ km.

From any an­gle, the 6 Se­ries looks im­pos­ing. It boasts a slop­ing roof, BMW’s in­stantly recog­nis­able kid­ney grille, a rip­pled bon­net hous­ing the BMW badge, sweep­ing head­lights, sun­roof, M Sport aero­dy­namic body styling, twin tailpipes, pri­vacy glass and plenty more be­sides.

Move in­side and there is a mod­ern, clut­ter- free feel to the car with a wealth of on- board tech­nol­ogy to be ex­plored. The power ad­justed seats were up­hol­stered in fine black Nappa leather with con­trast stitch­ing and pip­ing – they even of­fer mas­sage set­tings.

There is a 10.25- inch colour touch­screen along with the tra­di­tional BMW iDrive dial to ac­cess the many func­tions.

Crea­ture com­forts in­clude an easyto- pro­gramme sat nav sys­tem, a pitch per­fect Har­mon Kar­don sur­round sound sys­tem, a head up dis­play, full con­nec­tiv­ity ca­pa­bil­i­ties via Ap­ple CarPlay or An­droid Auto and the abil­ity to con­nect 10 de­vices to the car’s wifi hotspot.

Back seat pas­sen­gers can stretch out in com­fort and have their own high stan­dards of lux­ury too. Their seats can be tilted and heated and there are TV mon­i­tors fit­ted to the back of the front seats. There are even win­dow blinds if a snooze is re­quired.

When it comes to per­for­mance, the 630d is an ac­com­plished all- rounder. It may not pos­sess the same dy­namic fire­power as the lat­est 5 Se­ries, but it’s no slouch ei­ther. The ac­cel­er­a­tion through the au­to­matic gear­box is very smooth and swift with the op­tion of liven­ing things up by flick­ing through the driv­ing modes called Eco Pro, Com­fort and Sport.

The car is beau­ti­fully com­posed and well balanced into cor­ners. There is a lit­tle body sway if pushed re­ally hard, but gen­er­ally the 630d feels stable and well- planted.

The cabin is in­su­lated against any road sur­face, wind or en­gine noise and even in busy town cen­tres the agility of the 6 Se­ries GT be­lied its size, prov­ing nice and easy to ma­noeu­vre. The driver also ben­e­fits from ex­cel­lent all- round vis­i­bil­ity.

The car cruises at mo­tor­way speeds and seems to glide across the Tar­mac as the highly ef­fi­cient adap­tive sus­pen­sion irons out the creases. And there is that added re­as­sur­ance of xDrive all- wheel- drive should Mother Na­ture be hav­ing a par­tic­u­larly bad day.

When it comes to prac­ti­cal­ity, the 6 Se­ries GT scores highly with an ad­di­tional 110 litres ca­pac­ity over the outgoing model. This is mainly due to the longer wheel­base and clever use of space. In fact, the boot ca­pac­ity ranges from 610 to 1,800 litres with the 40: 20: 40 split- fold­ing rear seats dropped flat.

The rear seats are low­ered at the flick of a switch and the flat load sill makes trans­port­ing heavy or awk­wardly shaped items much sim­pler. There are nu­mer­ous prac­ti­cal stor­age op­tions scat­tered through­out the car too.

And as one would ex­pect, BMW has packed the car with a com­pre­hen­sive range of safety fea­tures. M BMW 630d xDrive GT M Sport Price: £ 56,100 Me­chan­i­cal: 265ps, 2,993cc, 4cyl diesel en­gine driv­ing rear wheels via 8- speed au­to­matic gear­box Max speed: 155mph 0- 62mph: 6.0 sec­onds Com­bined mpg: 47.9 In­surance group: 50 CO2 emis­sions: 154g/ km BiK rat­ing: 29% War­ranty: 3 years / un­lim­ited miles

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