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  • BMW 5GT tested
  • Year-long review
  • Tested by John Bradshaw
BMW 5GT: the good, the bad and the ugly
BMW 5GT: the good, the bad and the ugly
I've come to the conclusion that the film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly sums up my BMW 5 GT.

The Good bit is the 241bhp 3.0-litre diesel engine, which is fantastic. It's incredibly smooth, yet powerful and very refined, which is ideal on my long motorway trips cross-country to photoshoots.

The automatic transmission is just peachy as well because, like the engine, it's silky smooth. It's always in the correct gear, too, and it's quick to change down when I need it to.

The Bad is the ride quality. It's just too harsh, especially so in urban areas. The optional 20-inch alloys I picked (£2430) might play their part, but even the smallest bumps thump through the cabin. It's not what I’d expect for a grand tourer.

The size of the boot continues to irritate me as well – I just can't fit my photography gear into it without any problems. Sometimes I have to resort to dropping down the rear seatbacks to get everything in.

The Ugly is, well, a matter of some discussion. There aren't many 5 GTs on the roads at the moment, so the unusual design gets a few heads turning. Some people say it's ugly, but I actually think it looks quite handsome.

BMW 530d GT SE
List price £41,710
Target Price £39,977
Run by John Bradshaw
Tested for Five months/7500 miles

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