Excellent engines; exceptional ride/handling balance; sumptuous interior; versatile back seat and cargo area; tons of standard features
Polarizing looks; firm ride with the bigger wheels
The 5 Series GT lineup now features a standard sport leather steering wheel and LED fog lights, while the 550i trim level gets standard keyless entry/start. The Modern Line package has been discontinued.
We're suckers for a smooth German V8, so the 550i is a no-brainer. Drive one and see if you're not instantly addicted to that power.Find aBMW 5 Series for sale
The 2015 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is offered in two trim levels: 535i and 550i.
The 535i ($61,650) comes standard with the 6-cylinder engine, 18-in alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlamps, fog lights, an electronic limited-slip differential, a self-leveling rear air suspension, auto start/stop, a power tailgate, a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, 10-way power front seats with lumbar support and driver memory, a power-adjustable steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, iPod/USB and Bluetooth connectivity, a 12-speaker audio system with dual subwoofers, and the hard-drive-based iDrive infotainment system with a 10.25-in widescreen display, 12 gigabytes of digital music storage, touchpad functionality and a rearview camera.
The 550i ($70,050) adds the V8 engine, special 18-in wheels, keyless entry/start, a hands-free foot sensor for the tailgate and 20-way multicontour front seats.
Options include wheels of up to 20 inches in diameter, adaptive LED headlights, adaptive suspension dampers, massaging front seats, power-closing doors, a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system and a rear entertainment system with twin 9.2-in monitors.
There are also two optional lines to choose from: Luxury and M Sport. Both add available Nappa leather upholstery, different 19- or 20-in wheel designs and unique styling elements inside and out. The M Sport line throws in an M steering wheel, shadowline exterior trim and an aerodynamic body kit.
As for cargo space, it seems there's not much in the trunk (technically 15.5 cu ft.), but let's look closer at that cargo bay. The 5 Series GT's lift gate is divided into two pieces, and the lower piece can be lifted independently for access to the area directly behind the rear seatbacks, which is where the 15.5 cu ft. comes from. Unlike in conventional hatchbacks and crossovers where trunk space is measured all the way up to the ceiling, the 5 Series GT's smaller measurement refers only to the trunklike compartment underneath the lift gate's lower half. Translation: It's a useful amount of space. Moreover, if you open the entire lift gate and fold the rear seatbacks down, there's 63.6 cu ft. available, a healthy number that puts the GT on par with smaller luxury crossovers such as the Cadillac SRX.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class -- In the 2-row luxury-crossover segment, the M-Class is arguably the most refined, and its available V8 engine is competitive with the Gran Turismo's V8, but the BMW's overall athleticism is superior.
2015 Porsche Panamera -- If your tastes run to unusual-looking luxury vehicles, check the bottom line on the GT you're considering and see if you can snag a new or lightly used Panamera for the same price. That's probably not the case, but it's worth checking, as the 4-seat Panamera is an epic car.
2015 Volkswagen Touareg -- The cheaper Touareg has a nice interior, a wonderful back seat and far more off-road capability than the carlike Gran Turismo. We really like the way the Touareg drives, too.
Used Land Rover Range Rover Sport -- Many would agree that the Range Rover Sport looks cooler than the 5 Series Gran Turismo, and Land Rover's certified pre-owned program makes slightly used Range Rover Sports relatively affordable.