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2018 BMW 6-series GT review, road test

Autocar India logo Autocar India 16-05-2018 Staff Writer
a car parked on the side of a road: 2018 BMW 6-series GT review, road test © Staff Writer 2018 BMW 6-series GT review, road test

Remember the last-gen BMW 5-series Gran Turismo? If you don’t, you aren’t alone. Developed to complement the standard 5-series sedan, the 5GT promised to offer all that the 5 was renowned for in a more luxurious and spacious package. Trouble was BMW found few takers for the 5GT’s oddball design, and even in India, sales were limited at best. That car’s replacement is the focus of this road test. It’s been branded the 6GT to help define its position in the BMW range, and in India it’s a model that will help its maker take the fight to Mercedes-Benz and the hugely popular long-wheelbase E-class. Yes, BMW already had the 5-series for the job, but with the 6GT, it now has two distinct offerings within the same price band, effectively sandwiching the Merc. BMW is confident its strategy will pay off and has even commenced local assembly for the 6GT to keep prices competitive; competitive being the operative word. Because at Rs 60.8 lakh (ex-showroom, India), the sole version of the 6GT is pricier than the four-cylinder versions of the 5 and the E by upwards of Rs 4 lakh.

Is the 6GT worth the stretch in terms of size and price is what we want to find out. 

For the moment, the 6GT is available only with a single engine option and in a single Sport Line trim. Do note, while Sport Line is the entry-spec when talking of the 5-series sedan, it comes bundled with a whole lot more kit on the 6GT.

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Among the list of standard features are the excellent adaptive LED headlights that swivel the beams with steering input, and also adjusts high beam to avoid glaring oncoming traffic. Also standard is air suspension, paddleshifters, driving modes, launch control, a touchscreen infotainment system with gesture control, reversing camera, adjustable ambient lighting, four-zone climate control, powered steering adjust, and powered front seats (memory function only for driver). A panoramic sunroof, electrically adjustable rear seat backrests and a rear-seat entertainment package with dual 10.2-inch screens are also included. The rear screens, however, are not touch units like the one up front, but are operated by a remote control.

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BMW’s cool touchscreen display key is also part of the equipment and it shows info such as car status, range and the like, but its functionality is limited as the 6GT doesn’t get remote control parking. That a 360-degree camera and parking assistant have also been given a miss is perhaps a gentle reminder that the rightful place for owners is in the back; chauffeurs can worry about the business of actually parking. Oh, and also unlocking the car. The 6GT curiously does without keyless entry. 

The 6GT gets BMW’s latest-gen infotainment system and there are multiple ways to operate its neatly laid-out interface. The traditional iDrive rotary controller works well as ever (and even gets a touchpad to feed in numbers or names of people and places), the touchscreen is slick and even the voice commands work with accuracy for making calls or setting radio frequency. Gesture controls are part of the package too but they operate limited functions and feel a bit gimmicky at this stage of their evolution. Navigation with 3D maps is standard as is wireless Apple CarPlay. Android Auto, however, has been left out. Sound quality is good but not the best for this price.

6GT is much better turned-out than its predecessor but still has its bulky angles.: 2018 BMW 6-series GT review, road test © Staff Writer 2018 BMW 6-series GT review, road test a car parked on the side of a road: 2018 BMW 6-series GT review, road test © Staff Writer 2018 BMW 6-series GT review, road test

Since its launch, the new long-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz E-class has been the default choice of anyone buying a luxury sedan solely for the rear-seat experience. The consideration set should widen with the arrival of the new 6GT. It runs the Merc real close on space and comfort, and actually offers more by way of features, give and take some missing equipment. It’s not necessarily the overall better car, but the Bimmer has the advantage of being more involving to drive, with its significantly stronger petrol engine and good dynamics.

The driving environment is very similar to what you’d get in a 5-series, but you do sit higher up in here.: 2018 BMW 6-series GT review, road test © Staff Writer 2018 BMW 6-series GT review, road test

Compared to a standard 5-series, the 6GT offers more of what typical buyers want, especially in terms of cabin room. Yes, it is pricier, but you do get significantly more car for the extra outlay. The 6GT does lack the charisma of the 5 and its shape might not be to all tastes either, but there’s no denying it is the more versatile package. The 6GT strikes a fine balance as a luxury car that’s great to drive and be chauffeured around in. 

Even six-footers can stretch out in the back of the 6GT. Backrest is reclinable.: 2018 BMW 6-series GT review, road test © Staff Writer 2018 BMW 6-series GT review, road test

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