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Rankings & Research

The 2019 BMW 6-Series ranked #4 in Luxury Large Cars. Currently the BMW 6-Series has a score of 8.1 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 49 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.2
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2019 BMW 6-Series Review

The 2019 BMW 6 Series comes with an assortment of vibrant engines, a high-end interior, and an enormous amount of cargo space. It places in the top half of our luxury large car rankings, with a cramped rear seat being one of its few drawbacks.

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding cargo space in Gran Turismo
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Powerful engines
  • Cramped rear seats
  • So-so handling

Is the BMW 6 Series a Good Car?

Yes, the BMW 6 Series is a good luxury large car. It has powerful engines, decent fuel economy, and a smooth ride. It looks great inside, and the front seats provide outstanding comfort. There are plenty of tech features, and the Gran Turismo hatchback body style has more cargo space than most cars in the class.

The 6 Series does have a few flaws. It doesn't handle as well as some competitors (and some other BMWs), and its rear seats are on the small side. Those may not sound like big issues, but in this highly competitive segment, they're enough to keep the 6 Series from the top of the class.

Should I Buy the BMW 6 Series?

The BMW 6 Series offers an enticing combination of potency and refinement, with the potential to delight most luxury large car shoppers. Its price tag may turn some buyers away, however, as this BMW retails for more than almost every other class rival. If you are eyeing a 640i, you should also consider an Audi A7 or a Genesis G90. Both can save you a couple thousand dollars without requiring you to compromise on engine power. Shoppers salivating over a 650i, M6, or Alpina B6 will likely want to stay the course, as few rivals offer engines as meaty as what these BMWs boast.

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Should I Buy a New or Used BMW 6 Series?

The 2019 6 Series belongs to a generation that began with the 2012 model year. The 2019 model says goodbye to the convertible body style. New standard features for 2019 include Apple CarPlay (in Gran Turismo models) and BMW's Active Driving Assistant, which incorporates many driver assistance features like blind spot monitoring and forward collision warning. There weren't a lot of changes for 2018, but the 2017 6 Series made wireless phone charging and a Wi-Fi hot spot standard.

You can potentially save thousands by shopping for a used version of this BMW. Used 6 Series models also represent your only opportunity to get the two-door coupe or convertible body styles. To research some other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2017 and 2018 BMW 6 Series. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page for information on incentives of used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 49 Reviews Analyzed

We don’t base our car reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we combine the findings of professional test drivers with data such as reliability ratings and safety scores to give you a complete overview of every vehicle we rank.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current 6 Series generation, which runs from 2012 to 2019.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking the best cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years’ worth of auto industry experience combined. To keep our reviews unbiased, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside company manages our advertising.

How Much Does the BMW 6 Series Cost?

The 6 Series carries a base price that's a bit north of $70,000. That's one of the highest starting prices in the class. The range-topping Alpina B6 starts at $124,400, which is also more than what most competitors' top trims cost.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local BMW dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our BMW deals page.

BMW 6 Series Versus the Competition

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

The Mercedes-Benz CLS offers a couple of six-cylinder engines that deliver plenty of power, though they can't match the 6 Series’ high-performance engines. However, the CLS gets better fuel economy than the 6 series, and it delivers a supremely cushioned ride. Both sedans have premium interiors and lots of tech features, but the BMW provides more cargo space regardless of body style. There's little on paper to separate these two, right down to their similar starting prices, so you may need to test-drive both cars to decide which you prefer.

Which Is Better: BMW 6 Series or Audi A7?

The Audi A7 earns a spot near the top of our luxury large car rankings. It boasts a beautiful cabin, comfortable seats, and plenty of space for passengers and cargo. Like its BMW rival, the Audi has a powerful engine, though it lacks the multiple performance-oriented options that the 6 Series offers. However, the A7 gets better fuel economy and handles better than the 6 series, while still delivering a comfortable ride. The A7 may outrank the 6 Series, but you can't go wrong with either of these cars.

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6 Series Interior

How Many People Does the 6 Series Seat?

While the 6 Series can seat five, your passengers will thank you if you permanently keep the rear middle seat open. The front seats have ample space and adjustability, allowing drivers of all shapes and sizes to easily get comfortable. Unfortunately, the rear seats don't match the size or comfort of the front seats and tend to feel cramped.

6 Series and Child Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

6 Series Interior Quality

This BMW is German engineering at its finest. The cabin is upscale and elegant, with a handsome design. In short, it's exactly what you want in a luxury sedan.

6 Series Cargo Space

With its Gran Turismo (hatchback) body style, the 6 series provides 31 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and an SUV-like 65 cubic feet with those seats folded.

The Gran Coupe (sedan) body style was discontinued partway through the 2019 model year, but you may still find some on dealer lots. The Gran Coupe gives you more than 16 cubic feet of trunk space. Although that's less than what the Gran Turismo offers, it's still good for a luxury large car, and it's enough room for a set of golf clubs.

6 Series Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include a panoramic moonroof, wireless device charging, and the iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-inch touch screen, touchpad controller, a hi-fi audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, and Apple CarPlay. Available features include three premium audio systems and a rear-seat entertainment system.

The responsive iDrive infotainment system has a straightforward interface, and the large screen is easy to see. The iDrive controller has a slight learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, it's just as user-friendly as the rest of the system.

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6 Series Performance

6 Series Engine: Quite a Few Options

This BMW's engine lineup includes a six-cylinder engine and three V8s, with horsepower ratings ranging from the low 300s to around 600, depending on the body style. All engines have plenty of juice for moving this large car, but the two high-performance V8s deliver sports-car-worthy acceleration.

6 Series Gas Mileage: Trying to Fit In

The 6 Series gets roughly the same fuel economy as many class rivals. The 640i gets 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which are the best numbers in this BMW’s lineup. Ratings drop off a bit with the more powerful V8 engines.

Even though the 6 Series gets decent gas mileage, some rivals – like the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS – return better numbers by a couple miles per gallon.

6 Series Ride and Handling: Not Quite Ready to Tear it Up

This large sedan has sharp steering and decent handling, but it doesn't have the same athletic feel that you get from many other BMWs. However, its smooth ride makes it a solid luxury cruising vehicle.

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6 Series Reliability

Is the BMW 6 Series Reliable?

The 2019 6 Series belongs to a generation that typically earns a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That's an above-average rating.

BMW 6 Series Warranty

BMW covers the 6 Series with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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6 Series Safety

6 Series Crash Test Results

The 2019 6 Series has not yet been put through crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That’s common for luxury vehicles.

6 Series Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, driver drowsiness monitoring, collision preparation, front and rear parking sensors, and adaptive cruise control. Gran Turismo models also come with 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.

Available features include a head-up display, night vision, side-view and top-view cameras, automatic parallel park assist, remote control parking, lane keep assist, traffic jam assist, and front cross traffic alert.

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Which BMW 6 Series Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 BMW 6 Series is available as a hatchback (Gran Turismo) and a sedan (Gran Coupe). BMW discontinued the Gran Coupe partway through the 2019 model year, but you may still find some models at your local BMW dealer.

You have four choices when picking a 6 Series trim: 640i (Gran Turismo only), 650i, M6, and Alpina B6. The latter two are performance-oriented trims that are significantly more powerful than the lower trims, but they're also much more expensive.

The 640i Gran Turismo is the best choice in the lineup for those seeking practicality above all else. It comes with a better standard features list and more cargo space than a corresponding Gran Coupe, and it costs about $11,000 less, making it a much better value. It also offers almost every feature you can get in the higher trims, so there's no need to consider anything above this model unless you want a V8 engine. The engines and styling are the only reasons why the Gran Coupe might be more appealing to some buyers, but finding one at your local BMW dealer might be tricky.

BMW 640i

The 640i comes in two styles: the Gran Turismo and the classic Gran Coupe. The all-wheel-drive Gran Turismo 640i has a base price of $70,300 and comes with a 335-horsepower six-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features include a panoramic moonroof, wireless device charging, and the iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-inch touch screen, a 12-speaker hi-fi audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, and Apple CarPlay.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, driver drowsiness monitoring, collision preparation, front and rear parking sensors, and adaptive cruise control. Also standard is 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.

The rear-wheel-drive Gran Coupe 640i starts at $81,500. It comes with a 315-horsepower six-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. It offers many of the same standard features as the Gran Turismo, though the Gran Coupe has a nine-speaker audio system (instead of 12) and does not come with the Active Driving Assistant.

In both styles, BMW offers several option packages and individual features that you can add. Available technology includes surround-view parking cameras, automatic park assist, upgraded audio systems, and improved seating features. You can add BMW's xDrive (all-wheel drive) to the Gran Coupe for $3,000.

BMW 650i

The 650i only comes in the Gran Coupe body style, and it carries a starting price of $93,100. The 650i has a 443-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8, an eight-speed automatic, and rear-wheel drive. You can add xDrive for $3,000. The 650i's standard and available features are mostly the same as in the 640i Gran Coupe.

BMW M6

The M6 starts at $119,900. It features a 560-horsepower V8 engine, and it’s the only trim that doesn't feature an eight-speed automatic transmission. Instead, you have a choice between a six-speed manual and a seven-speed automatic. In addition to the 650i's features, quad-zone climate control comes standard. Available features are mostly the same as in the lower trims. This is the only trim not offered with all-wheel drive.

BMW Alpina B6 xDrive

The Alpina B6 sports a starting price of $124,400. It comes with the most powerful engine in the lineup: a 591-horsepower V8. Its standard and available features mirror those of the M6.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local BMW dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our BMW deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 BMW 6 Series is a powerful luxury large car with a quality interior and plenty of sophisticated technology. The 6 Series is an unquestionably good car, but it shouldn't be your first choice if your priorities include dynamic handling or a large back seat.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Of course, there are sportier and smaller four-seat convertibles, and there are significantly more expensive ones too. But few can match the BMW 6 Series' blend of style, quality and comfort. Drivers will find both engine options satisfying, while available all-wheel drive allows four-season practicality. While the current generation is dated, we still think the 2018 6 Series is worth considering if you're looking for a stylish luxury convertible." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "Complementing the 6 Series' ample performance credentials is a stunning design language both inside and out, plus the choice of strong V6 and V8 engines to sweeten the deal." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "Overall, the 6 Series seems quite comfortable in its newly conservative role, providing all the luxury and power that shoppers in this segment expect. BMWs are a different kind of driving machine these days, and judging by the 2015 6 Series, that's potentially a pretty good thing." -- Autotrader (2015)
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