2013 BMW 6 Series Convertible - Rating Details


B
Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested 2012 BMW 650i Convertible (4.4L V8 Twin-turbo w/opt 8-spd Automatic) Driven On 4/24/2012 Ratings Summary This rating has been carried forward from a prior year because the newer model has no substantial differences.

There's little competition in this high-powered, luxury, drop-top segment, and the BMW 650i convertible offers a good balance of value and performance. Just don't expect the 4-seater to solve every motoring dilemma.
B
Performance Nobody is buying a 650i convertible to drive it hard. This car will manage on a back road if it has to, but that's not its strength. Rather, it's a top-down cruiser with lots of power and a 6-speed manual is still available.
Acceleration
B
Although the 650i convertible is not a car known for its outright quickness or speed, this 400-hp cruiser will hit 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. Nice.
Braking
B
Braking is flat and straight with minimal fade during testing. However, on the road none of this matters. Overall, there's good brake feel and solid performance.
Steering
C
Response is good but feel and feedback could be much better. Effort changes depending on which dynamic mode is selected.
Handling
B
Flat cornering and good grip are balanced against a large, somewhat flexible topless chassis which isn't suited to hard driving.
Driveability
B
Easy to drive, quick and comfortable, this is a luxury convertible as they should be.
B
Comfort With highly adjustable seats and suspension the 650i is capable of delivering a wide variety of settings to suit the mood of its occupants.
Seating Comfort
A
Highly adjustable seats will suit a wide range of body types and sizes. Two rear buckets offer support, but not much leg- or shoulder-room.
Ride Comfort
B
The 650i's softest suspension setting is very comfortable but is best suited to highway travel. Around town you'll find the large wheels and run-flat tires sometimes jarring.
Quietness
B
For a convertible the 650i is a very quiet machine. Interior noise under wide-open-throttle acceleration is on par with many hard tops.
B
Interior Overall, the 650i is an extremely high-quality machine. Material and assembly quality are among the best in the business -- as they should be at this price. Yet, there are shortcomings.
Ergonomics
B
Most controls are easy to use, but given this car's feature count there's some learning involved. Gauges are high contrast and easily readable.
Ingress/Egress
B
Front-seat access is easy with a large, wide-opening door, reasonable seat height and little sill. Rear-seat access is difficult at best, especially when the top is up.
Space/Room
B
Headroom and legroom are quite good up front in the 4-passenger 650i convertible, but shoulder room is below average. Forget about sitting in the rear seat if you're an adult.
Visibility
C
Rear-quarter visibility is not good. Optional suite of cameras, lane-departure and blind-spot monitors, self-park, night vision, and active cruise control supplement shortcomings.
Cargo/Storage
D
Don't buy a 650i convertible for cargo or storage space. This car starts life as a large coupe that uses its space inefficiently. As a convertible, it stores a top in its already small trunk.
Convertible Top
B
The soft top opens in about 20 seconds and closes in about 25 seconds with the push of a button. Some in this class offer a hard-top convertible.
B
Value There's little competition in this segment and what there is cost more than the 650i.
Build Quality (vs. $)
B
You might pay a lot, but you do get a lot. The 650i convertible is built well and it shows.
Features(vs. $)
B
Checking the boxes will quickly push the 650i convertible's cost over $100K, which will put it on par with the more expensive Mercedes-Benz SL550.
Cost
B
At just over $90K the 650i convertible is less costly than its primary competition -- the Mercedes-Benz SL550 -- so we rank it highly.
MPG
B
When equipped with the no-cost 8-speed automatic, the EPA says the 650i convertible will earn 23 mpg on the highway, which is respectable for this monster. Premium fuel required.
Warranty
B
With 4-year/50,000-mile basic and drivetrain warranties, there are few better.
Ownership
A
Care-free ownership comes from 4-year/unlimited-mileage roadside assistance plus 4-year/50,000-mile free scheduled maintenance program.
B
Fun To Drive This isn't a toss-it-around convertible. It's a cruiser. If cruising in style without a top is your thing, it's hard to do much better.
Driving Experience
C
There's ample power on tap. Handling is so-so. Overall, the 650i is fun if you keep in mind its size and limits.
Personality
B
Numb-yet-responsive steering is the only real dynamic flaw. Otherwise, there's lots of personality to like: Sharp looks, good engine, luxury features and overflowing opulence.
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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 BMW 6 Series Convertible in VA is:

$217 per month*
* Explanation
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