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BMW 630d Gran Turismo xDrive M Sport

Click to view picture gallery“BMW’s all-new 6 Series Gran
  Turismo is about more than just
  style, specification and space;
  in addition to having all of the
  above, it’s unashamedly a grand
  sports tourer...”


THE FIVE-DOOR, LONG-WHEELBASE new 6 Series Gran Turismo replaces the 5 Series Gran Turismo which was first launched in 2009. This move to a new designation follows other shifts in BMW's model hierarchies which saw 1, 3 and 5 Series Coupes and Convertibles become 2, 4 and 6 Series versions.

Prices for the Gran Turismo start at 46,810 and rise through eight variants to 57,570, but as usual there's a host of extra-cost options to push the on-the-road prices seriously higher.

Currently there are two petrol and one diesel engine to choose between; all are mated to eight-speed automatic gearboxes. The TwinPower turbocharged engine line-up consists of the 630i (2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol with 254bhp & 295lb ft of torque), 640i (3.0-litre, six-cylinder petrol 335bhp & 331lb ft), and 630d (3.0-litre, six-cylinder turbodiesel 261bhp & 457lb ft).

The new 6 Series
Gran Turismo will appeal
to those who want
an alternatively-styled
flagship model —
essentially, it’s a
Crossover combining the
driving dynamics of a
saloon and the elegance
of a coupe roofline with
the elevated driving
position of a Sports
Activity Vehicle and the
convenience of an estate.
All of which adds up to
great touring ability with
the emphasis on long
distance comfort and
convenience...”
BMW's 4WD system (xDrive) can be ordered with the 640i and 630d M Sport specification cars and adds 2,000 to the price over rear-wheel drive models. Each engine is also available with SE or M Sport equipment; the added technology that comes with M Sport versions makes them 3,600 more expensive than SE models.

The new 6 Series Gran Turismo will appeal to those who want an alternatively-styled flagship model — essentially it's a Crossover combining the driving dynamics of a saloon and the elegance of a coupe roofline with the elevated driving position of a Sports Activity Vehicle and the convenience of an estate. All of which adds up to great touring ability with the emphasis on long distance comfort and convenience.

In the UK the most popular engine will be the 630d, with half of customers taking the xDrive option, and four out of five going for the M Sport spec meaning that the single best-selling version will be the 56K 630d xDrive M Sport, the main competitors for which are the Mercedes CLS and the Audi A7.

The new 6 Series Gran Turismo is underpinned by a version of the 7 Series Saloon platform that makes it 5,091mm long; and 87mm longer than the outgoing 5 Series GT it replaces. Despite that, and thanks to a combination of aluminium and high strength steel, the average weight reduction over the 5 Series GT of the new 6 Series GT is 115kg. Good news for fuel consumption which, depending on the model chosen, ranges from 35.3 to 55.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of 135 to 183g/km.

Much improved rear passenger legroom is another benefit, as is boot space — it's increased by 110 litres to 610 litres (and with the 40:20:40-split rear seats folded this goes up to 1,800 litres). The boot sill, incidentally, has also been lowered and is now flush with the boot floor for easier loading. The rear seatbacks can be lowered and raised electrically using switches in the load area.

Those travelling up front enjoy electric seats and raised seating positions; for the driver this ensures fine all-round visibility. Positioned centrally in the twin-cockpit design front cabin is a free-standing 10.25-inch display serving up touchscreen navigation, communication and infotainment.

M Sport is the most popular spec level and standard-fit kit includes automatic climate control (with an option to upgrade to a four-zone system), sports front seats, leather upholstery with exclusive stitching and piping in contrasting colours and a leather covered dashboard, a panoramic glass roof, Bluetooth with audio streaming, BMW Emergency Call, BMW Professional Multimedia, DAB radio, reversing camera, a multifunction sports steering wheel, M Sport suspension and brakes, aerodynamic exterior styling tweaks, and 19-inch light alloy wheels (sizes up to 20 inches are available).

The 630d’s straight-six
TwinPower turbodiesel is
a strong performer
across a wide range of
driving conditions,
from slow crawl
to relaxed high speed cruising.
With 261bhp and a
massive 457lb ft
of torque from 2,000rpm
meted out through an
eight-speed automatic
sports transmission and
all-wheel drive grip,
it has the ability to be
smooth and refined...”
Safety items include Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Collision Mitigation while the list of options includes the new improved version of Active Cruise Control (operational at speeds all the way up to 130mph).

Lane Departure and Lane Change Warning systems that operate between 44-130mph are also options, as are Side Collision Warning and Evasion Aid, both of which will come to the driver's aid with corrective steering inputs.

The options list also features a Surround View camera, Crossing Traffic warning system, Crossroads and Wrong-Way warning, BMW Night Vision and Remote Control Parking.

Exterior styling highlights include the latest version of the famous BMW kidney grille flanked by icon Adaptive LED headlights fronting a typically long BMW bonnet.

There is an eye-catching coupe side profile and viewed from the front or rear the vehicle has an agreeably muscular stance. Above the waistline the A-pillars are much more heavily raked than before, while the flowing roofline and sweeping side window design further enhances the coupe look.

My brief outing at the UK media launch was in the best-selling 630d xDrive M Sport — it costs 56,605 but the vehicle was fitted with a host of options to showcase what extras are available, in the process rewriting its price-tag to 71,145. Even though all versions have rear axle air suspension, one of the options fitted was the 1,670 front and rear axle 'air' option — likely to be one of the most popular add-ons.

It's a big, wide, lane-filling car packed with equipment, interior luxury, long rear cabin legroom, and a huge boot. On first acquaintance, leaving the driving mode in its no-fuss Eco-Pro setting suited both me and the Gran Turismo best.

The Comfort setting was too soft, giving a 'floating' road-holding performance around the winding narrow roads and definitely too floaty for precise handling — but it will definitely be much used for long-distance, open-road travel.

The Sport mode sharpened the engine, transmission and handling responses but on rural roads and in busy traffic conditions (yes, even in the countryside!) its use is limited except again on more open A-roads.

In fact in rural driving conditions it was Eco-Pro that turned out to be the setting of choice for this high-speed cruiser, while a brief dash along a short motorway section proved this is the most appropriate domain for the new 6 GT although it would be nice to waft along in, especially during stop/start inner city driving, either as the driver or, more likely, the well-heeled passenger reclining in the rear.

Boot space has grown
by 110 litres to 610 litres
and the rear seatbacks
can be lowered electrically using switches in the load
area to open up an
1,800-litre cargo bay
...”
The 630d's straight-six TwinPower turbodiesel is a strong performer across a wide range of driving conditions, from slow crawl to relaxed high speed cruising. With 261bhp and a massive 457lb ft of torque from 2,000rpm meted out through the eight-speed automatic sports transmission and all-wheel drive grip it has the ability to be smooth and refined — but can show its teeth without growling under hard acceleration. Top speed is limited to 155mph and zero to 62mph takes just six seconds.

Officially the Combined Cycle fuel economy figure is 49.5mpg but on my more sedate real-life run around the highways and byways of Berkshire, the figure was 40.2mpg. With CO2 emissions of 154g/km road tax is reasonable for a car of this class and size — the First Year rate is 500 and it then falls to 140 for year two onwards. However, added to that 140 figure each year for five years is a 310 supplementary charge incurred because the car costs more than 40k.

With a 6 Series line-up for now consisting of the Coupe, Grand Coupe and this new Gran Turismo (providing more space and long distance travelling refinement rather than outright sharp handling agility), BMW have this niche sector well and truly sewn up.

For most BMW owners, driving pleasure and image play a big part in the ownership proposition but space also matters, as does travelling comfort and driveability. With its huge size and kerb appeal, classy pedigree, luxurious interior, and high spec allied to a strong and responsive engine and comfortable and relaxing ride, the Gran Turismo is assuredly one for them. ~ David Miles
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BMW 630d Gran Turismo xDrive M Sport | 56,605
Maximum speed: 155mph | 0-62mph: 6 seconds | Test Average: 40.2mpg
Power: 261bhp | Torque: 457lb ft | CO2: 154g/km

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