If you’re looking for a recent BMW that won’t break the bank — but is surprisingly reliable — you might want to consider a 5 Series Gran Turismo. The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo was the hatchback version of the 5 Series, and it was never BMW’s most popular model — far from it. But now used 5 GT models are absolutely bargains.
Indeed, right now on Autotrader there are 70 examples of the 5 Series Gran Turismo listed from the car’s first model years of 2011 and 2012. Of those 70 cars, an amazing 39 of them are available for under $15,000 — and, incredibly, a good number of those are closer to $10,000. Yes, that’s right: 10 grand for a 7- or 8-year-old BMW with a lot of modern technology and a fairly modern look.
The 5 GT is also a good used buy because it takes the regular 5 Series and adds some additional practicality — a larger cargo area, for instance, with extra space for your stuff, meaning it’s more practical than a regular 5 Series will be. And then there’s the powertrain: while the "base" engine on the 2011 5 Series was a 240-horsepower 6-cylinder installed in the 528i, the Gran Turismo’s base engine was the 535 model’s 300-hp 6-cylinder — and there was an optional 400-hp V8 in the 550i Gran Turismo that commands a shockingly small price increase on the used market.
Essentially, the 5 Series Gran Turismo is a cheap and easy way to enter BMW ownership — and while you get a bit of an oddball BMW, you can have a powerful engine, modern technology, and extra practicality for a truly shocking price of entry.