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2019 BMW 6-Series Review

The 2019 BMW 6 Series has a massive amount of cargo space, a range of powerful engines, and a high-end cabin. However, it ranks near the bottom of the luxury large car class, in large part because its projected ownership costs are high for the segment. Additionally, this vehicle lacks the tight handling associated with most BMWs.

Pros & Cons

  • Fantastic cargo room in Gran Turismo models
  • User-friendly infotainment interface
  • Powerful engines
  • So-so handling
  • Cramped rear seats

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Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.0
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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Is the 2019 BMW 6 Series a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2019 6 Series is a good used luxury large car. It comes loaded with standard technology features, the front seats are comfortable, and there’s no shortage of cargo space in Gran Turismo models. In addition, this Bimmer boasts a smooth ride, decent gas mileage figures, and several engine options, including two high-performance V8s.

That said, the back seats are a bit cramped, handling isn't what you expect from a BMW, and most of the 6 Series’ competition is more well-rounded. You may want to consider the 2019 Audi A7, which has a slightly lower starting price and additional legroom in the back row, or the 2019 Mercedes Benz CLS, which is equally as nice as the BMW but less expensive on average.

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Why You Can Trust Us

To give you a complete overview of the 2019 6 Series – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 49 BMW 6 Series reviews alongside performance specs, interior dimensions, and more.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our crew has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To ensure our objectivity, we do not accept expensive gifts from carmakers, and an external company manages the ads on our site.

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How Much Does the 2019 BMW 6 Series Cost to Own?

The 2019 6 Series’ five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $42,275, or $8,455 per year. That’s above average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 BMW 6 Series: What's the Difference?

For 2019, the 6 Series gained standard Apple CarPlay in Grand Turismo models, as well as BMW's Active Driving Assistant, which includes advanced safety features such as blind spot monitoring and forward collision warning. Most of these features were previously available. Also, the convertible was discontinued, so if you're interested in that body style, you'll need to stick with a 2018 6 Series. Note that 2019 was the last year BMW produced the 6 Series.

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Here are the key changes for the BMW 6 Series over the last few years:

  • 2016: increased horsepower in Alpina B6 model
  • 2017: gained standard wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and an updated iDrive infotainment system
  • 2018: Grand Turismo hatchback debuted; two-door coupe body style discontinued
  • 2019: added some standard features; convertible body style discontinued

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 6 Series, 2017 6 Series, and 2018 6 Series reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 BMW 6 Series?

The 2019 BMW 6 Series has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

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2019 BMW 6-Series Recalls

There are no major recalls for the 2019 BMW 6-Series at this time.

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Which Used BMW 6 Series Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 BMW 6 Series is available as a hatchback (Gran Turismo) and a sedan (Gran Coupe), and it comes in four trims: 640i, 650i (Gran Coupe only), M6, and Alpina B6.

The base 640i Gran Turismo is a good choice for most shoppers. It has plenty of engine power, all-wheel drive, and an ample list of features. It also comes with more standard features and cargo room than the comparable 640i Gran Coupe, and it will likely cost you less money.

The top two trims are performance variants with stronger engines, but they are much more expensive than any other trim. Several packages and add-ons were available when the vehicle was new.

  • BMW 6 Series 640i: The all-wheel-drive 640i Gran Turismo trim comes with a 335-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. An iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-inch touch screen, a touchpad controller, a 12-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, and Apple CarPlay is also standard. Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, driver drowsiness monitoring, collision preparation, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and BMW's Active Driving Assistant, which includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Additional standard features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, automatic climate control, keyless entry, and push-button start. The rear-wheel-drive 640i Gran Coupe comes with a 315-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 640i Gran Coupe has most of the 640i Gran Turismo features, but it comes with nine speakers instead of 12, and it doesn’t come with the Active Driving Assistant.
  • BMW 6 Series 650i: The 650i is a Gran Coupe trim that has mostly the same features as the 640i Gran Coupe, but it features a stronger 443-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 engine. It's available with all-wheel drive.
  • BMW 6 Series M6: The performance-enhanced M6 Gran Coupe comes with a 560-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 engine and either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. In addition to the 650i’s features, it has quad-zone automatic climate control.
  • BMW 6 Series Alpina B6: The Alpina B6 Gran Coupe trim has the strongest engine in the lineup, a 591-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8, as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission. The B6 has similar features as the M6 trim.

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What Does BMW's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

The BMW Certified CPO program is available on vehicles with between 300 and 60,000 miles on the odometer. The program covers buyers for one year with unlimited mileage after the four-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty has expired. This warranty can be renewed for a fee, but there is a maximum of five years of coverage. Each BMW must pass a road test and a 196-point inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available. Restrictions apply on transferring CPO coverage to subsequent owners. Read the BMW warranty page carefully.

BMW has one of the less-attractive CPO programs among luxury car manufacturers, according to our research. You’ll get better warranties from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Jaguar.

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How Safe Is the 6 Series?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tested the 2019 6 Series. That’s typical for luxury vehicles.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Driver drowsiness monitoring
  • Collision preparation
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert

Available advanced safety features:

  • Head-up display
  • Night vision
  • Side-view and top-view parking cameras
  • Automatic parallel park assist
  • Remote control parking
  • Lane keep assist
  • Traffic jam assist (manages braking, acceleration, and steering in low-speed traffic conditions)
  • Front cross traffic alert

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2019 BMW 6 Series Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 BMW 6 Series or 2019 Audi A7?

The 2019 Audi A7 is superior to the 6 Series. It boasts comfortable seats, an elegant cabin, and an abundance of passenger and cargo space. While the A7 doesn’t have as much space as the 6 Series Gran Turismo, its liftback design gives it one of the largest cargo capacities in the class. In addition, the A7’s confident handling and plush ride make it a tad more enjoyable to drive than the 6 Series. Add in its high predicted reliability rating and slightly lower starting price, and it's easy to see why the A7 ranks near the top of the luxury large car class. The only real reason to opt for the BMW over the Audi is if you're interested in one of the 6 Series’ high-performance variants.

Which Is Better: 2019 BMW 6 Series or 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS?

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS offers a couple of six-cylinder engines that deliver plenty of power, though they can't match the BMW's high-performance engines. The Benz has better fuel economy estimates, however, as well as a higher predicted reliability rating and a lower starting price. The 6 Series has more cargo room than the CLS, and both cars offer luxurious interiors with lots of tech features. The Mercedes finishes higher in our rankings, but both are good vehicles.

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2019 6 Series Performance

How Does the 2019 BMW 6 Series Drive?

The 6 Series doesn’t have the level of athleticism that most people expect from BMW. However, it’s a comfortable cruiser with a smooth ride, sharp steering, and adequate handling. As far as power is concerned, the 6 Series has got you covered. All of the engines, including the base six-cylinder, have plenty of power, while the performance-oriented models offer sports-car-like acceleration.

  • Base engine: 335-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder (640i Gran Turismo)
  • Available engines:
    • 315-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder (640i Gran Coupe)
    • 443-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 (650i Gran Coupe)
    • 560-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 (M6 Gran Coupe)
    • 591-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 (Alpina B6 Gran Coupe)
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive (standard in Gran Turismo and Alpina B6)
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic; six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (M6 only)
Does the 2019 BMW 6 Series Get Good Gas Mileage?

Gas mileage figures for the base model are on par with the rest of the luxury large car class. Models with V8 engines aren’t as efficient.

  • 640i: 20/29 mpg city/highway
  • 650i: 18/26 mpg
  • 640i xDrive: up to 20/28 mpg
  • 650i xDrive: 17/25 mpg
  • Alpina B6 xDrive: 17/25 mpg
  • M6 with manual transmission: 15/22 mpg
  • M6 with automatic transmission: 14/20 mpg

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2019 6 Series Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 6 Series Seat?

The 2019 6 Series seats five people in both the Gran Turismo hatchback and Gran Coupe sedan body styles. The front seats are roomy and comfortable, but the rear seats will likely feel cramped to most passengers. Gran Turismo models provide a tad more back-seat space than Gran Coupe models.

Standard seating features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Power-adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • Ventilated front seats
  • Massaging front seats
  • Multicontour seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 BMW 6 Series?

The 2019 6 Series has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats.

2019 BMW 6 Series Features

The 6 Series’ standard iDrive infotainment system features a large touch screen with straightforward menus that are easy to use. However, the standard touchpad controller will take some time to master.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 10.2-inch touch screen, a touchpad controller, a 12-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, and Apple CarPlay
  • Available infotainment features: Harman Kardon and Bang & Olufsen sound systems and a rear-seat entertainment system
  • Additional standard features: automatic climate control, keyless entry, and push-button start
  • Other available features: quad-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, a panoramic moonroof, soft-closing doors, and rear sunshades

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2019 BMW 6 Series Dimensions

BMW 6 Series Cargo Space

The base 6 Series Gran Turismo hatchback has one of the largest cargo capacities in the luxury large car class. There’s 31 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats and 65 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. The Gran Coupe sedan has less space than the hatchback, but its 16 cubic feet of trunk room is still good for the class.

2019 BMW 6 Series Length and Weight
  • Length: about 16 feet, 5 inches to 16 feet, 9 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,165 to 4,570 pounds

Where Was the 2019 BMW 6 Series Built?

BMW built the 2019 6 Series in Germany.

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