BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe (2012): 30 second review

Richard Aucock
BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe(BMW)
BMW's first four-door coupé is classy to look at, sporting to drive and a surprisingly accomplished package overall.
We like:
Elegant styling, well-judged ride and handling, superb diesel engine.
We don't like:
The cheapest car is the weakest, fuzzy steering, 'four plus one' status is stretching things, high-end pricing.
Should I buy one?
BMW is very late to the four-door coupé party. The Mercedes CLS was launched in 2004 - and is now well into its second generation - but only now, six years on, is BMW following suit, with the new 6 Series Gran Coupé.
It doesn't steal headlines in the way a new CLS would - blame the 6 Series tag in the name. However, it's so much more than merely a 6 Series derivative, for it gives much-needed focus to a car that's long been inherently able but also slightly characterless.
BMW's first-ever four-door coupé has been late coming, but it's worth it. Beautiful to look at, pleasing to drive, nice to sit in and with a stormer of a diesel engine, it's not cheap and not quite the perfect dynamic drive, but it's still very appealing and easily the choice 6 Series of the three.
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