BMW is offering an intriguing sort of relatively affordable, moderately high-rised alternative to conventional executive-car luxury here.
The frameless doors, swept-back A-pillars and curving roofline may all be taken from the grand touring coupé’s design rulebook, but the 6 GT feels like anything but from inside.
Its seats are semi-recumbent, with a more highly set hip point than you’d find in a full-sized limo such as a 7 Series or Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Up front, the bent-legged ‘sit-up-and-beg’ driving position feels almost akin to that of a vintage chauffeur’s.
But that doesn’t mean you’re short on space anywhere in this car; quite the reverse, with more head room and better visibility in both rows than you’d get from a large executive saloon, and excellent knee, foot, elbow and shoulder room available too.
In the driver’s seat, conflicting sensations of familiarity and difference come at you. The fascia is much as you’d find it in a 5 Series saloon.
Like those of the 5 Series, the 6 GT’s flatscreen digital instruments change their scale, colouration and theme depending on the selected driving mode.
The centre-stack-mounted air-con controls are as you’d find them on a high-end 5 Series too; likewise the centre-console-cited iDrive controller and gear selector.
But your position and orientation to all of the above is different. Your vantage point on them is higher – either a little bit higher or quite a lot so, depending on how you set the electric seat.
Our test car had BMW’s optional Rear Seat Comfort Pack (£2995), which adds a pair of tablet-sized rear entertainment screens in addition to side-window sunblinds, electric backrest adjustment and an on-board TV tuner.
Up front, the 6 Series sets a high standard on material fit and finish but leaves itself vulnerable to relative criticism in one or two areas.
There is no shortage of apparent quality about the fixtures and fittings, but there is a deficit of richness compared with some luxury rivals, BMW’s switches and trims missing a little bit of tactile material swagger in places.