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7.5

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 5.7
Safety: N/A
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2016 BMW 6-Series Review

The 2016 BMW 6 Series is available in three body styles, has a range of powerful engines, and features an intuitive infotainment system. However, it's less nimble and has less rear-seat space than some rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful, refined engines
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Limited rear-seat space
  • Less agile than some rivals

2016 BMW 6-Series Overview

Is the 2016 BMW 6 Series a Good Used Car?

Whether you choose the coupe, convertible, or four-door Gran Coupe, the 2016 BMW 6 Series is a decent used vehicle – though many other luxury large cars earn much better ratings. This is largely because the 6 Series is far more expensive and has higher ownership costs than most cars in the class. Beyond that, it provides a nice blend of performance and luxury, and it has a solid reliability rating.

Used 2016 BMW 6 Series Performance and Interior

The base 640i features a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that puts out 315 horsepower. The 650i and the performance-oriented trims (M6 and Alpina B6) feature one of three twin-turbocharged V8s that produce 445 to 600 horsepower. A seven- or eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard depending on the trim, and the M6 is also available with a six-speed manual transmission. All of the engines in the lineup are powerful, and the high-performance trims deliver blinding zero to 60 mph times (around or under 4 seconds). Fuel economy is good for the class. The base trim gets 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Rear-wheel drive comes standard and all-wheel drive (BMW's xDrive system) is available. Though the 6 Series has adept handling, it isn't the most athletic car in the class. Its smooth ride is good for long trips.

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The BMW 6 Series' cabin is filled with the first-rate materials expected from a luxury car. Coupe and convertible models seat four, and Gran Coupe models seat five. In addition to outstanding comfort, the front seats offer plenty of adjustability. Gran Coupe models have plenty of rear legroom, but the two-door models are tighter in the back.

Standard features in the 6 Series include dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and the iDrive infotainment system with navigation and a 10.2-inch display screen. Available features include a Bang & Olufsen audio system, a Harman Kardon audio system, and a power moonroof or convertible soft top. The iDrive system is a pleasure to use thanks to its sharp graphics and well-designed interface.

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Used 2016 BMW 6 Series Prices

Used 2016 BMW 6 Series models range from about $64,600 to $102,100. The price of a used car varies depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, trim, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 BMW 6 Series?

J.D. Power and Associates gives the 2016 6 Series a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. That's above average for a vehicle in general (a score of three is average), but it's in the middle of the pack for a luxury large car.

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How Safe Is the 6 Series?

The 2016 BMW 6 Series has not been put through crash tests. It comes standard with a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. Available driver assistance features include a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, sideview and top-view cameras, automatic parallel park assist, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning.

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Should I Consider Another Used 6 Series?

The 2016 BMW 6 Series is part of a generation that began with the 2012 model year and includes the 2017 model. There haven't been many notable changes to the 6 Series over the past few years, so shoppers might want to check out models from previous years to save money.

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Which Used BMW 6 Series Is Right for Me?

The BMW 6 Series is available in four trims (640i, 650i, M6, and Alpina B6) and three body styles (coupe, Gran Coupe, and convertible). Coupe and convertible models have two doors and four seats; Gran Coupe models have four doors and five seats. If you're looking for the best possible performance, go for one of the high-performance trims: the M6 or the Alpina B6. They have extremely powerful engines, but they don't skimp on luxury. For drivers who don't usually spend their morning commutes pretending to be champions of the motor speedway, the 650i is an excellent choice. It still has a potent engine and plenty of features, and it costs thousands of dollars less than the two higher trims.

A certified pre-owned 6 Series may suit you best. The BMW CPO program has three levels based on the vehicle’s age and the number of miles on the odometer: Certified Pre-Owned Elite, Certified Pre-Owned, and Pre-Owned. Each level receives the balance of the original new-car warranty. Certified Pre-Owned Elite vehicles get an additional one-year/25,000-mile warranty, while Certified Pre-Owned models receive an additional two-year/50,000-mile warranty. Pre-Owned BMWs receive no additional coverage. Each BMW undergoes an inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the BMW warranty page carefully.

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2016 BMW 6 Series and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2016 BMW 6 Series or 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

Like its BMW rival, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available in coupe, convertible, and sedan body styles and has a range of available engines. It has a luxurious interior, spacious back seat, and comfortable ride.

Which Is Better: 2016 BMW 6 Series or 2016 Audi A7?

The Audi A7 has a range of powerful engine choices, standard all-wheel drive, and athletic handling. It also has outstanding cargo capacity thanks to its hatchback body style, and its MMI infotainment system is easy to use and has sharp graphics. On average, used A7s cost less than used 6 Series models.

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