For The 5 GT has potent and efficient engines, limousine-like space, a classy cabin and a higher-than-average seating position.
Against Ride and refinement aren't up to scratch for an executive car, and the boot is disappointing in both size and versatility.
An interesting alternative to the usual luxury SUVs, but we can't think of a single thing that the BMW 5 GT does better than the best of them.
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What is it? That's a question you're likely to be asked fairly frequently with the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo. BMW says it’s for people who want something more versatile than a saloon, but who are put off by the bulk of an SUV.
The entry-level 181bhp 2.0-litre diesel model (badged 520d GT) is the pick of the range, but BMW also offers a 242bhp 3.0-litre diesel, a 295bhp 3.0-litre diesel (535d GT), a 302bhp twin-turbo 3.0-litre petrol engine (535i GT) or a 403bhp twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 (550i GT).
The options list runs to pages and the Adaptive Drive suspension system would be the first thing we tick, because it greatly improves the 5 GT’s ride and handling. The head-up display that, among other things, beams sat-nav instructions onto the windscreen, is also worth considering.
A sensible engine doesn’t make the 5 GT a sensible choice. It's neither practical enough nor good enough to drive.