BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo

The Essentials

  • Price from £45,590
  • What Car? says: 2 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 43.5mpg
  • What is it? The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo (or 5 GT) is an unusual mix of SUV and premium hatchback, but it doesn't do a single thing better than a traditional executive estate.

Great

  • Strong, efficient engines
  • Luxurious interior is a fabulous place to sit
  • Almost too many optional extras for us to compute

Gripes

  • Ride is overly firm
  • Handling isn't as sharp as we'd expect from a BMW
  • Don't look behind you! Rear visibility is a shocker
  • Drive

    Fabulous engines, but disappointingly for a BMW the ride is unsettled and the handling a touch woolly

  • Inside

    Comfortable, luxurious and airy; just dont expect a view through the rear window

  • Safety

    Stability control and several airbags as standard; lane departure warning system is an optional extra

  • Reliability

    BMW has a good reliability record and the quality of the build gives us great confidence

  • Space

    Great for four in the cabin  listen out for protests from the luggage in the small, impractical boot

  • Standard and extras

    You want more?! You can probably have it

  • What's it like to drive?

    Handling is usually one of BMW's strengths, but the 5 GT leans too much in corners and has rather slow and unresponsive steering.
    The ride is an even bigger problem because it's unsettled at all speeds and the car really thumps over potholes. However, adding the optional adaptive damping suspension system improves things significantly.
    All of the engines are refined and strong, and come with a slick, eight-speed automatic gearbox. However, the 5 GT lets in too much wind and road noise on the motorway.

  • What's it like inside?

    The driving position is slightly raised and a wide range of adjustment to help you get comfortable, while plush materials and BMW's intuitive iDrive control system add to the 5 GT's appeal.
    It's just a pity rear visibility is so restricted due to the steeply sloping rear screen with blacked-out side sections.
    There's enough space for six-footers in the back, and BMW lets you choose between two individual rear seats and a three-person bench, but the middle seat on the latter is so narrow that it's next to useless.
    The boot is disappointingly small, too, and the fact that it can be opened like a boot lid or a tailgate isn't much help.

  • How reliable is it?

    The 5 GT wasn't included in the most recent JD Power customer satisfaction survey, but BMW as a brand finished just above half way.
    All 5 GTs come with stability control  to help prevent you skidding off the road  and six airbags, while the front passenger airbag can be deactivated, allowing you to fit a rear-facing child seat in the front.

  • Should I buy one?

    Standard equipment is pretty comprehensive, with cruise and climate control, leather upholstery and front and rear parking sensors all included. Meanwhile, the classy and spacious cabin is another strength.
    The trouble is, BMW's 5 Series Touring also scores well in these areas, and it's more practical, more efficient and significantly cheaper.