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Bentley Continental vs BMW 6 Series

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Bentley Continental
Bentley Continental

2023 price

BMW 6 Series
BMW 6 Series

$39,800 - $59,999

2018 price

Summary

2023 Bentley Continental
2018 BMW 6 Series
Safety Rating

Engine Type
Twin Turbo V8, 4.0L

Turbo 4, 2.0L
Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded Petrol

Unleaded Petrol
Fuel Efficiency
11.1L/100km (combined)

7.0L/100km (combined)
Seating
4

5
Dislikes
  • A thirst for petrol
  • A surprising amount of options
  • Too many optional safety features

  • Expensive
  • Feels big on the road
  • A bit of a weird car, really
2023 Bentley Continental Summary

Bentley has been building cars for more than 100 years, but the famous British brand was re-born 20 years ago when it launched the Continental GT.

The sporty coupe and convertible reinvigorated the brand, returning it to its former glory days when it made cars that were dynamic and not just big and luxurious.

Now onto its third generation, the Continental GT has not only helped Bentley re-establish itself but also become a modern motoring icon.

Which is what the company wanted, an iconic model, like the Porsche 911 that could be a flagbearer for the brand.

Like the 911, this latest iteration is available in multiple forms, and we’re testing the Continental GT S Convertible, a two-door, four-seat grand tourer - with an emphasis on the ‘grand’.

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2018 BMW 6 Series Summary

What happens when you struggle to sell an odd-bod, not-quite-a-coupe, sort-of-a-hatchback, almost-an-SUV model? Well, sometimes it gets axed, and replaced with a new model that bears a new name.

That's pretty much it in a nutshell for the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, which was formerly the 5 Series GT. It essentially takes the place of the 6 Series Gran Coupe - an alternative to the regular 5 Series sedan that's more attainable than a 7 Series limousine.

Confused? It's not as difficult as all that sounds - you just need to know that this model, the 2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, is supposed to offer a neat alternative to the go-to family luxury car or SUV.

I spent some time in the entry-level 630i to see if it can deliver on that promise. In fact, I spent more than 24 hours driving the BMW 6 Series GT over the past week, and I don't have a sore back, I haven't been left scratching my head over the intended purpose, I haven't been uncomfortable, and I haven't been left wanting for much.

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