2014 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo

Pros: Robust acceleration with V8 engine; quiet cabin; generous passenger space in both front and rear; classy cabin materials

Cons: Steep pricing; steering and handling are not as crisp or composed as most BMWs; sloped fastback body shape compromises cargo room somewhat

CG Says: This genre-bending vehicle mixes elements from passenger cars and SUVs, but we’re not sure that the end result is more than the sum of its parts. The 5-Series Gran Turismo has great V8 power and a relaxed highway ride. The hatchback design is practical, and the cabin appropriately luxurious. However, the 5-Series Gran Turismo is extraordinarily expensive and not as much fun to drive as its brand name would suggest. A conventional station wagon (such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, or BMW’s own X5 SUV makes more sense for most shoppers.

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2014 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo