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2017 BMW 6-Series Review

The 2017 BMW 6 Series finishes in the middle of our luxury large car rankings. It's a powerful sedan that features one of the best infotainment systems in the segment, but this BMW has higher ownership costs than many of its classmates.

Pros & Cons

  • Potent engine lineup
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Cramped rear seats
  • High ownership costs

New for 2017

  • Wireless phone charging and Wi-Fi hot spot made standard
  • Updated iDrive infotainment system




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.7
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 BMW 6-Series Overview

Is the 2017 BMW 6 Series a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2017 BMW 6 Series is a good used luxury large car. It provides poised handling and a smooth ride, and it offers a lineup of powerful engines. It also gets good gas mileage when equipped with the base six-cylinder engine. The front seats in the 6 Series are exceptionally comfortable, but the rear seats provide little space.

The big drawback with this BMW is its price tag and cost of ownership. Additionally, most competitors come with more standard technology and safety features.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 42 BMW 6 Series reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 BMW 6 Series?

Our site has about 30 listings for the 2017 BMW 6 Series, and the average price is $64,500. However, prices range from $48,000 to $90,000. List prices for the performance-oriented M6 model are considerably higher. Our site has around 10 listings ranging from $89,900 to $114,500. The exact price you’ll pay will depend on the model you choose, as well as its condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 BMW 6 Series Cost to Own?

The 2017 BMW 6 Series’ five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $37,700. Most rivals have lower five-year estimated costs, including the Genesis G90 ($32,900), Lincoln Continental ($30,000), and Audi A7 ($34,400).  

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New BMW 6 Series?

The 2018 BMW 6 Series starts at $70,200, which is $5,700 more than the average price of a 2017 model. That extra money isn’t worth it, as the newer model is practically identical to its predecessor. Additionally, you’ll have to purchase a 2017 model if you want the two-door coupe; it was discontinued for 2018. 

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Because BMW is one of the pricier brands in the class, there are a few new luxury large cars that are significantly more affordable than a used 6 Series. The 2018 Cadillac CT6 ($54,095) is a great option that offers three powerful engines, with the base engine returning impressive fuel economy estimates. Its roomy back seats also make it a comfortable choice for families. The 2018 Lincoln Continental has one of the lowest starting prices in the class: $45,160. It offers three strong engine options, a comfortable ride, and plush front seats. While neither of these rivals provide the dynamic performance of the BMW, they’re still worthy competitors with attractive prices. 

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Which Model Year of the BMW 6 Series Is Best?

The 2017 BMW 6 Series is part of a generation that began with the 2012 model year. The 6 Series hasn’t received many noteworthy updates over the past few years. For 2017, wireless phone changing and a Wi-Fi hot spot became standard. If you don’t need these features, you’re better off saving money with a 2015 6 Series, which is otherwise nearly identical to later models. 

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How Reliable Is the 2017 BMW 6 Series?

The 2017 6 Series received a predicted reliability score of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power, which is just above average for the industry.  

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2017 BMW 6 Series Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 BMW 6 Series has one reported recall. It concerns a faulty inflator initiator than can fail to deploy one of the air bags. Ensure this issue is fixed before buying a used 6 Series.

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Which Used BMW 6 Series Model 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.

The base BMW 640i provides a winning combination of impressive performance and value. Not only is its turbocharged six-cylinder engine plenty powerful, it also returns the best fuel economy estimates of any trim level. If you want a bit more power, step up to the BMW 650i, which comes with a twin-turbocharged V8. Aside from that extra power, the 650i doesn’t add many more appealing technology features than the base model. Performance enthusiasts who have some extra cash to spend should go for either an M6 or Alpina B6 high-performance model.

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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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have conducted crash test evaluations on the 2017 6 Series.

The 6 Series’ only standard safety features are a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. That’s unusual, as most other luxury large cars come with these driver assistance features, plus a few more.   

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2017 BMW 6 Series Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 BMW 6 Series or 2017 Audi A7?

Both of these large cars have potent engines and excellent driving dynamics, but a few things make the Audi A7 the better car. First, the A7 comes standard with all-wheel drive, making it more capable of handling slick roads. The 2017 A7 also has a better balance between agile handling and ride refinement, whereas the 6 Series’ suspension is geared more toward comfort. With more cargo space and a few more standard features than the 6 Series (Android Auto and a pre-collision safety system), the A7 is also the better family vehicle. Additionally, the Audi A7’s average listing price and estimated total cost of ownership are lower than the 6 Series’. 

Which Is Better: 2017 BMW 6 Series or 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLS?

The BMW 6 Series and Mercedes-Benz CLS both have powerful engine options, spry handling, and good-looking interiors. Both vehicles also have high ownership costs. The 6 Series has a more user-friendly infotainment system, while the CLS has more standard features, including a driver drowsiness monitor and collision prevention assist. While neither car will disappoint, there are better, less expensive options in this class.

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2017 BMW 6 Series Performance

How Does the 2017 BMW 6 Series Drive?

The base BMW 640i features a 315-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. The BMW 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 available with a six-speed manual transmission.

Every engine in the 6 Series lineup is powerful. The high-performance trims produce especially potent acceleration, going from zero to 60 mph in around 4 seconds. Rear-wheel drive comes standard and all-wheel drive (BMW's xDrive system) is available. While the 6 Series has composed handling, it isn’t quite as adept as some rivals. Its comfortable ride makes it best for long-distance travel.

Does the 2017 BMW 6 Series Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the base engine, the 2017 BMW 6 Series gets respectable fuel economy estimates of 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

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2017 BMW 6 Series Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 BMW 6 Series Seat?

Coupe and convertible 6 Series models seat four, and Gran Coupe models seat five. The front seats provide exceptional comfort and adjustability, allowing nearly anyone to find their ideal position. Back-seat space in Gran Coupe models is decent. The rear seats in coupe and convertible models, on the other hand, are quite cramped for adults, due to the sloping roofline.

The cabin has a handsome, sleek design and the top-quality materials you would expect in a luxury vehicle. Additionally, the interior is well-isolated from outside noise. Leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable heated front seats, and a power-adjustable steering wheel are standard. Upgraded leather upholstery, 20-way power-adjustable front seats, and ventilated front seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 BMW 6 Series?

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear seats.

2017 BMW 6 Series Features

The 6 Series comes standard with a proximity key, dual-zone automatic climate control, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, wireless phone charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and BMW's iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-inch display screen and navigation. Coupe and Gran Coupe models come with a moonroof, and convertible models have a power-retractable soft top. A Bang & Olufsen or Harman Kardon audio system is also available.

BMW’s iDrive is one of the best infotainment systems in the class. It’s zippy, easy to use, and has one of the largest screens available (10.2 inches).

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2017 BMW 6 Series Dimensions

BMW 6 Series Cargo Space

The 6 Series has 16.1 cubic feet of trunk space in coupe and Gran Coupe models. While that’s a decent amount of space for the class, you can get a lot more storage room with hatchback rivals like the Audi A7 and Tesla Model S. The 6 Series convertible has 12.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the top up and 10.6 cubic feet with it down.

2017 6 Series Length and Weight

The 2017 BMW 6 Series is 16.1 feet long, and it has a curb weight of 4,410 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 BMW 6 Series Built?

BMW assembled the 2017 6 Series in Germany.

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