2015 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: For 2015, the 5-Series Gran Turismo gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED taillights, and enhanced USB and Bluetooth smartphone integration as standard features, along with some minor trim changes. 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 or SUV (such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, or BMW’s own X5 SUV) makes more sense for most shoppers.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer BMW
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices 535i:$61,400
AWD 535i xDrive: $63,700
550i: $69,700
AWD 550i xDrive: $72,000

Base Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder
Horsepower
300
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18-20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-30

Optional Engine
turbocharged 4.4-liter V8
Horsepower
445
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
16
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24

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2015 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo