We’re living in an automotive time whereby if you can imagine a vehicle that suits your every need, the odds of a company having already built it are pretty damn good. Say you’re looking for something that’s luxurious and performance oriented with all-weather capabilities and tons of storage space — but you don’t want an SUV. You also haven’t yet procreated to the point where you need a third row, but still, you want your passengers to be comfortable. Oh, and you may also want to occasionally cruise at triple-digit speeds for long periods of time. So what do you buy?
Well, I’m glad you asked because BMW may have just built your perfect ride, the 640i xDrive Gran Turismo review.
2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo Exterior
Not a coupe, or sedan, nor a crossover, the 2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo is somewhat of an oddity. From the front there’s no mistaking it as anything but a BMW, with its newly interpreted kidney bean grille. Move rearward though and that’s when you notice a roofline that keeps going until a keen eye makes you realize that the 640i GT is in fact, a hatchback. But this isn’t a bad thing, because that elongated roof and rear hatch help to turn the 640i Gran Turismo into one of the most stylistically interesting and useful luxury cars on the market today.
BMW designers have done a wonderful job of giving the 640i GT a muscular silhouette that’s not overdone. Thanks to the M Sport Package our test car benefited from a unique lower front fascia with massive air intakes that aid with cooling, staggered 19” M Double-Spoke wheels wearing 245/45-series rubber up front and 275/40-series rubber out back, along with subtle Shadowline exterior trim. Incorporated into the base of the rear hatch is also a small lip spoiler that can be raised on command, or that deploys on its own at speed. Special GT and xDrive badging, along with octagonal exhaust tips are also present and help to finish off the rear.
2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo Interior
Climb into the cabin and you’ll immediately feel a bit more relaxed then you were moments before. The 16-way power adjustable Napa leather-covered seats with four-way lumbar support and heat offer extreme comfort, and provide hours of driving without fatigue. The leather-covered dash, wood-trimmed inlays and thick-rimmed heated steering wheel have the feel of a living room.
When combined with the iDrive 6.0 infotainment system, with its large 10.2-inch touchscreen, one soon realizes that optimizing the 640i GT to suit your needs is literally at their fingertips. As you’d expect, BMW Gesture Control, Advanced Real Time Traffic Information and navigation settings can also be found here.
The dash houses digitally inspired analog gauges that feature customizable readouts for the different drive modes (Sport, Comfort, Eco Pro). Our tester was equipped with the Executive Package ($2,150.00 option), which also meant the addition of a heads up display, Parking Assistant Plus, Gesture Control and Surround View w/ 3D View. Rear passengers are also treated to heated surfaces as well as electronic recline.
It’s the space behind the rear seats that really sets the 640i GT apart from others in the segment. We’re talking about 31.0 cubic-feet of storage space with the rear seats up and 65 cubic-feet of storage when folded flat. Folks, that’s an enormous amount of room and it transforms the GT into what may be the most useful luxury car in existence.
2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo Performance
One of the quietest cabins on the road allows driver and passengers alike to travel without annoyances from the outside world. Under the hood is BMW’s TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter Inline-6 that produces 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. A smooth eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shift modes sends power to BMWs xDrive all-wheel drive system, which helps to provide invigorating starts. The sprint to 60 mph is reached in just 5.1 seconds with the 640i GT topping out at an electronically limited 155-mph.
This is a car that begs to be driven, and the more miles you log, the more attached to it you’ll become. Place the suspension in Comfort and the 640i GT floats over bumps and road imperfections with ease. Sport mode not only adds weight to the steering, but firms up the suspension for better road feel. EcoMode, well… if you’re feeling miserly simply hit that button and you’ll be treated to an EPA fuel economy rating of 20 mpg city, 28 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg in combined driving.*
2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo Safety
Equipped with the latest in safety technology, the 640i Gran Turismo comes equipped with such features as airbags throughout the cabin, xDrive all-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes, adaptive brake lights, electronic stability control, traction control, blind-spot monitoring, programmable LED daytime running lights, and active driving assistant, which included daytime pedestrian protection and a rear-view camera.
Additional safety features can be seen at BMWUSA.com.
2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo Overall:
Few luxury automobiles are capable of full adapting to the complex lifestyles of todays buyers. But by looking at the market in a different way, BMW has engineered one that works well on multiple levels. Now granted, this does come at a base price of $69,700.00, and an as-tested price of $84,010.00. And while that’s not inexpensive, the 640i GT does offer consumers a wonderful alternative to that of the traditional big SUV.
Drop by your local AutoNation-affiliated BMW dealer today to check one out!
*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.
**Vehicle MSRP of $66,480.00 excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.