When it comes to combatting the SUV market, there are a number of hatchbacks that are easy to fall in love with. Grand tourers are not as prevalent but offer similar cargo and seating capacity numbers. The 2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo is a suitable SUV alternative that will turn your head and want you to turn into your local BMW dealership’s lot for a test drive.
2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo exterior
Unlike the rest of the 6 Series lineup, the 2018 BMW 640i Gran Turismo sports a fresh muscular look. A beefy hood with an overhang that looks like eyebrows above piercing headlamps makes it clear that the boring days of the kidney grille-lead face are behind the design arm of BMW.
At the rear, the car is ho-hum. It doesn’t portray the type of energy that the front end does but it doesn’t need to. The side profile of the sedan is dynamically utilitarian and not sexy, but it works.
2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo performance
Powered by a 335-horsepower, twin turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the GT has enough power to make getting up to speed fun, especially in Sport mode. Acceleration is smooth, like cutting through soft butter, in typical BMW style.
In Comfort mode, its go-to dynamic drive setting, the car doesn’t feel underpowered or restrained. Shockingly enough, even moving the GT into Eco Pro mode isn’t as frustrating as what you’ll find in some vehicles but you’ll likely never use it when you see how good the other two modes are.
The GT is stable on the road and even drives a bit smaller than it truly is. Steering is pointed and It moves easily to and fro with stability, offering a very connected drive that won’t wear out your arms.
2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo interior
If BMW does one thing well aside from acceleration, it’s interiors. This sedan is no exception, possessing the same modern design you’ll find in the company’s newest cars and a cabin filled with luxury appointments including Dakota Leather upholstery and wood trim. The GT boasts a 16-way power adjustable driver’s seat with memory, a micro-filter ventilation system, one-touch up and down, front and rear power windows, automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, colored LED ambient lighting, and wireless phone charging.
The GT seats five on spacious seats that are as comfortable on long roads trips as they are on quick runs to the grocery store. Front and back seat passengers have an abundance of head- and legroom. A well-insulated cabin keeps road noise is kept at bay.
2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo cargo
Despite being a sedan, the GT has more cargo space than the BMW X3 and nearly the same as the Volvo XC60. It has significantly more cargo space than the Kia Stinger GT and Hyundai Elantra GT.
2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo safety
The GT has not been rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It comes equipped with much of the latest safety technology, which isn’t intrusive for those truly wanting a true drive experience behind the wheel. The start-stop engine technology is easily shut off.
2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo pricing
For this review, I drove the 2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo (base price of $70,200) that had a number of add-ons including a Bluestone Metallic paint job ($550), Driving Assistance Plus ($1,700), the Dynamic Handling Package ($4,100), M Sport Package ($1,200), Executive Package ($2,150), a heated steering wheel ($190), front and rear heated seats ($350), ceramic controls ($650), power rear setback adjustment ($500), remote control parking ($750), Apple CarPlay compatibility ($300), and Harman Kardon surround sound ($875). The total price of the tester, including a $995 destination and delivery charge was $84,010.
2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo final thoughts
Driving the GT is as fulfilling as riding in it. The car goes where you want, when you want, with the comfort and convenience features you’d expect in a vehicle that starts at $70,000. The GT is a complete package and a strong argument to ditch your SUV for a sedan, and hit the road on your own grand tour.