Review: BMW goes practical with 630d GT

A few years ago BMW applied the GT name, or rather Gran Turismo, to its 3 and 5 Series’ as an in-between option and alternative to a sedan and SUV. Acting almost as an MPV, the GT boasted with slightly more space and a bigger rear. In the years since these GTs never got off to a good foot in terms of sales and BMW opted to pause production for a while.

But what’s up with the 6 Series? Well, it’s the two-door version of the highly accomplished 5 Series, but chances are slim that buyers would choose it over the 5. Still, BMW believes that there is a market for its GT and opted to add this body style to the 6 Series. Immediately this made the 6 Series available in both two and four-door variants; with the latter boasting better space and greater practicality.

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Detail all-round

This 630d GT has no shortage of space and from the outside you can notice that this is one big puppy. From all angles you can see the intention this 6 has; an intention to throne over other cars on the road. To attract attention just by rocking up. Especially pleasing is the raking roof that slides from way on top all the way down to the rear in an elegant manner; coming together at the end of the boot lid. The detail all-round is quite good, too. Just take a look at those rear lights.

Inside five occupants can get comfortable very quickly, but the one sitting in the middle of the rear bench might be short on comfort features… Incorporated in the front headrests are screens through which one can watch your favourite movie and control other media devices. You can also mirror the image on your smartphone onto these screens. At least legroom is aplenty and front passengers have the benefit of heaters in the front seats. Boot space is a massive 610L, but increases to 1 800L when the rear seats are folded down – either by hand or automatically.

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On-road dynamics

BMW is known for producing vehicles with some of the best on-road dynamics and the 630d GT does not disappoint. Under the hood hides a powerful turbocharged six-cylinder 3.0-litre engine that produces 195kW and 620Nm. It’s a hell of a lot of power that’s readily available from a lowly 2 000rpm. Geez, this car kicks ass! Even when the driving modes are in Eco or Comfort the 630d GT sugars on without trouble. And there’s absolutely no shortage of power.

But flick the car into Sport mode and the information display changes to a bright red colour, the readouts look drastic, and the accelerator is itching to get going. The eight-speed automatic gearbox burns to hook the next gear; on time, every time. And the paddles behind the steering wheel helps to keep things on the sporty side. This is driving deliciously personified and you can’t help but want to drive this car. And what makes the drive so enjoyable is good fuel consumption, because at 120km/h you’re barely using 6.0 L/100km!

Purists will perhaps not agree with BMW for turning the 6 Series into a GT, but this Beemer makes all the right noises. Room for five passengers? Yes. Practical? Yes. Light on fuel? Yes! At R1.19-million for this 630d GT M Sport you’re not spending a little money, but it undeniably has to be one the BMW’s that offer great value for money. Obviously only a certain buyer will attain it, but that buyer will not feel as if money was wasted.

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