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2012 BMW 6 Series

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2012 BMW 6 Series Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.1

Until the new Mercedes-Benz SL shows up within the year, the 2012 BMW 6 Series is the new kid on a small block that also includes the Jaguar XK. Being the freshest counts for a lot in a segment driven more by image and style considerations than by value and practicality, and the BMW 6 Series is taking full advantage of its turn in the spotlight. It doesn't just look better than ever, it outshines its competitors in almost every measure imaginable.

You'll Like This Car If...

Beyond all the power, technology and feature advantages, the 2012 BMW 6 Series is less pricey and more flexible (larger) than the Mercedes-Benz SL and enjoys a better reputation for quality than the Jaguar XK.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The smaller, 2-seat 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL feels sportier behind the wheel than the 2012 BMW 6 Series, and the 2012 Jaguar XK has a richer interior.

What's New for 2012

The 2012 BMW 6 Series is about as all-new as an all-new model can be. Aside from an overwhelming list of new features and technologies, the 6 Series lineup will now include a 6-cylinder turbo engine option (640i Coupe and 640i Convertible) and available all-wheel drive (650i xDrive Coupe and 650i xDrive Convertible). Later we'll see a high-performance M6 model and a first-ever 4-door 6 Series in the spirit of the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7.

Driving the 6 Series

Driving Impressions We aren't yet traveling by jetpack, but a decade into the 21st-century we do have cars that transform at the push of a button. In Comfort mode, the 2012 BMW...

650i Coupe and Convertible are high-power pleasure cruisers combining a comfortable ride with at-the-ready responsiveness. Dial it up past Normal and Sport modes to Sport+ mode, and the transmissions kicks down, the revs go up and the suspension gets tight, effectively turning the car into a smaller and lighter performance coupe. It's exactly as fast as you'd expect a 400-horsepower car of this size to be, and a small turbo step - not lag, really - is the magnificent engine's only mentionable quirk. Buyers seeking to err on the side of comfort might want to stick with the smaller 18-inch standard wheels and tires.

BMW Apps
With BMW Apps and an iPhone, you can control Pandora internet radio via the car's interface and read your friends' Facebook and Twitter updates, with the promise of even more interesting functionality on the way.

4-way Adjustable Suspension
We don't think adjustable suspension has received all the credit it's due for enabling drivers to have their cake and eat it, too. And it's a perfect fit on the 6 Series, a car that's very mission is to deliver high levels of both performance and comfort.

2012 BMW 6 Series Details
Interior

On one hand we appreciate BMW's if-it-ain't-broke approach to interior design. Really, we do. But the thing is, we'd rather hang out in an Audi. We're sure it's causing plenty of contentious meetings in Munich, but we're starting to see more color and more interesting shapes breach BMW's heretofore impenetrable sheet metal. In fact, the 2012 BMW 6 Series might represent the pinnacle of BMW interior style. From a more practical standpoint, the back seat is neither comfortable nor inhospitable, the trunk is surprisingly sizeable and the soft convertible top doesn't impede on cargo area like a retractable hard top would. All coupes come with a glass roof that tilts open but doesn't retract.

Exterior

The accept-it-or-hate-it rear end is long gone, but the 2012 BMW 6 Series is wrapped in an otherwise evolutionary new design. The face and profile are instantly recognizable, and the convertible version still has a distinctive soft top. The lines and proportions don't get our blood pumping the way the smaller BMW Z4 does, but compared to the outgoing model the sportier new 6 Series is smoking hot.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2012 BMW 640i Coupe includes a 315-horsepower turbocharged 6-cylinder engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The standard equipment list is an impressive one, stretching to include iDrive central control and a 10.2-inch display, rearview camera and front/rear parking sensors, plus four years of the BMW Assist Safety Plan with automatic crash notification and other services.

Optional Equipment

A fully-loaded 2012 BMW 650i xDrive Convertible, the priciest 6 Series model available, includes a 400-horsepower turbocharged V8 matched with an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Equipment highlights at the 6-figure end of the price range include Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection, Head-up Display, Bang & Olufsen sound system with retractable center speaker, active cruise control and side- and top-view cameras.

Under the Hood

Never has BMW offered the 6 Series in so many flavors. The V8-powered, rear-drive 650i Coupe and 650i Convertible remain the core of the lineup, but all-wheel drive will help BMW dealers in the north move more metal, while the availability of a turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine is welcome news for those $10,000 shy of the V8's mid-$80k sticker or wanting highway fuel economy in the 30-mpg range.

3.0-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder
315 horsepower @ 5,800-6,000 rpm
332 lb-ft of torque @ 1,400-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/31 (auto)

4.4-liter turbocharged V8
400 horsepower @ 5,500-6,400 rpm
450 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/23 (automatic), 15/22 (manual), 15/20 (xDrive)

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2012 BMW 6 Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 10 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.9/10
    Performance
    9.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

OIL BURNER

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Oil burner!!!

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
6/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Beautiful, great roadster"

Cons: "OIL BURNER! OIL BURNER! OIL BURNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Bought a this 2013 brand new and 1000 better check oil light came on. It needed it for a boil, I thought that may be at the dealership and didn't prep it properly but was I wrong! Took it to the dealer they Added a quart of oil. 1000 miles later light came back on again another quart low!! At 3000 miles again oil light , took it to another dealer this time and the Service manager said they have been seeing the and BMW says this is "NORMAL" and actually laughed about it. They wanted to add two quarts of oil to top it off offering no solution to make this thing stop burning oil. He told me "off the record, sell this while you can". 5,500 oil light came on they topped it off and I got rid of this piece of junk. The car itself is awesome to say the least other than the oil issue. I did contact BMW for their buy back program and they never responded. THIS IS A KNOWN PROBLEM now, check the forums and find out for yourself before you fall into BMW's money trap. $107,000.00 should have bought me a excellent car but instead a oil burning junk. Again, this is NOT just my one or a few cars with this problem but MANY and BMW is doing nothing about it. Do your searches before you buy. If they fixed the engine it would have been a wonderful car to say the least."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great ride and looks in a drop top, I love it.

By on Friday, May 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Looks, Ride and storage"

Cons: "Tight back seat, Tire wear,, learn electronics"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The 640I is my third BMW and it has a ride as good as my 535I, with ample trunk storage for two golf clubs and overnight bag. Back seat can be used for adults for short trips but is best for kids. Maintenance has been easy with minor electronic problems;easy fixes. Soft top has been great and operates smoothly; only 40 seconds to open or close even while you are moving under 25 MPH. I have had the car 21 months and still love it. I highly recommend for the really picky car lover. It is a wonder to drive and turns heads."

42 people out of 81 found this review helpful

2nd time around

By on Thursday, December 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great long distance car"

Cons: "can't think of any"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is our 2nd 650 and because of our 1st we decided to get the newer style, one of the best decisions. Great handling, very luxurious, and very quiet. Will probably get another when this body style changes."

58 people out of 114 found this review helpful

beautiful, fast, comfortable and great mileage

By on Sunday, November 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"eye catching. it's quiet and very quick on the road. with cruise control on and set at 79 mph for 6.5 hour drive to vegas at 2100 rpm it got 33.8 mpg"

34 people out of 60 found this review helpful

Excellent and quick...major head turner.

By on Friday, March 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "ride and quality excellent"

Cons: "trade value"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Excellent car! Love it and most of the BMWs I've owned. I like it better than my 2012 CL63 AMG (which I traded afte 1 year). The only negative is the trade value on this new 6 series falls quickly"

64 people out of 110 found this review helpful

This car is fun to drive and is a really nice car

By on Monday, March 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,900

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "Great price"

Cons: "BMW conv. Is fun n the sun"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is a really beautiful car, a looker I want to sell it because I have built a new house and need to move one of the 3 vehicles we now now have."

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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