Fabulous engines, but disappointingly for a BMW the ride is unsettled and the handling a touch woolly
Comfortable, luxurious and airy; just dont expect a view through the rear window
Stability control and several airbags as standard; lane departure warning system is an optional extra
BMW has a good reliability record and the quality of the build gives us great confidence
Great for four in the cabin listen out for protests from the luggage in the small, impractical boot
You want more?! You can probably have it
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.
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.
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.
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.