BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo Review

$104,100 Mrlp
  • Fuel Economy
    5.2L
  • Engine Power
    135kW
  • CO2 Emissions
    137g
  • ANCAP Rating
    5Stars

It\'s a coupe; it\'s an estate; it\'s an SUV: It\'s the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo.

BMW has today released its first-of-a-kind BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo to the Australian motoring media with an enjoyable drive program through the picturesque vineyards of Victoria's Mornington Peninsula.

"The extra-large and light flooded interior offers luxurious comfort, a slightly elevated seating position for comfortable and convenient access as well as superior all-round visibility and truly impressive variability."

"They make their own decisions and design and quality is important to them, as is space and versatility. Their interests are likely to be in culture, sports events, gourmet and design."

BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo pricing:

  • BMW 530d Gran Turismo - $143,400*
  • BMW 535i Gran Turismo - $151,400*
  • BMW 550i Gran Turismo - $192,900*

The engine, whilst based on the previous generation 3.0-litre in-line unit, does away with the twin-turbocharger system, instead offering a twin-scroll, single turbocharger to provide 225kW of power at 5,800rpm and an impressively constant 400Nm of torque between 1,200 and 5,000rpm.

In keeping with BMW's EfficientDynamics motif for greener, leaner motoring, the 5 Series Gran Turismo range offers outstanding fuel economy figures further aided by environmental technologies that include Automatic Air Vent Control and Low Rolling Resistance Tyres (on the 530d Gran Turismo only), plus Brake Energy Regeneration and the afore mentioned eight-speed automatic transmission (all models), as well as High Precision Injection (on both petrol-powered variants).

BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo engine specifications:

  • BMW 530d Gran Turismo: 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo-diesel (180kW/540Nm) | 6.9 seconds | 6.5L/100km | 173g/km
  • BMW 535i Gran Turismo: 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo-petrol (225kW/400Nm) | 6.3 seconds | 8.9L/100km | 209g/km
  • BMW 550i Gran Turismo: 4.4-litre V8 twin-turbo-petrol (300kW/600Nm) | 5.5 seconds | 11.2L/100km | 263g/km

All variants have an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h. An 'M' version is not offered, yet.

Additionally, BMW's Adaptive Drive system is offered as also offered as an option. The system combines Dynamic Damper Control with Dynamic Drive (an anti-roll system) to allow the driver to fully personalise the suspension system for greater individuality and expression of driving style. The system is optional across all variants for an extra $7,000.

The feature list includes such amenities as cruise control, Dynamic Drive Control, a panoramic glass sunroof (optional), four-zone climate control, electronically retractable sun shades, adaptive bi-xenon headlamps, automatic tailgate operation, Comfort access, head-up display, rear view camera, satellite navigation, lumbar support, DVD changer, six-CD tuner, electronically adjustable front seats with two memory settings and lumbar support, electric tilt/slide sunroof, high-beam assist, as well as Bluetooth and USB audio interfaces.

Entry and egress are also noticeably relaxed thanks to clever ergonomics and a slightly elevated seating position. BMW refer to this as the "semi-command position".

As well as being suitably equipped where equipment is concerned, the car's touring focus is also strong with an obvious and keen emphasis placed on cabin's ambiance, styling and practicality.

Rear seating is especially comfortable with generous proportions (especially so with the availability of an optional, dedicated four-seat cabin - not pictured), whilst the tilt angle of the rear seat backrest and fore/aft movement of the seat cushion is also possible.

With the rear seats in their standard position the luggage compartment offers 440-litres. Slide the seats forward on their rails (100mm of travel offered), and this area increases to 590-litres. The 60:40 split fold rear seats can also be folded flat to increase luggage capacity to no less than 1,700-litres (pictures to follow).

Optional safety equipment includes Adaptive Drive with VDC (Variable Damper Control) and Dynamic Drive ($7,000) and Surround View camera system ($1,300). Active Cruise Control is also available for $4,700 and incorporates collision warning, brake activation and Stop & Go functionality.

CarAdvice will bring you a complete review and road test of the new BMW 5 Series GT over the coming weeks - stay tuned!

Specifications:

BMW 530d Gran Turismo:

  • Engine: 2,993cc DOHC six-cylinder (24 valve)
  • Power: 180kW @ 4,000rpm
  • Torque: 540Nm @ 1,750 - 3,000rpm
  • Induction: Direct Injection, Common Rail & Turbocharged
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Driven Wheels: Rear
  • Brakes: Discs with ABS, CBC, EBA & EBD
  • Brake Diametre (mm): 348 x 36 (F) / 345 x 24 (R)
  • Top Speed: 250km/h (Electronically Limited)
  • 0-100km/h: 6.9 seconds
  • CO2 Emissions: 173g/km
  • Fuel Consumption: 6.5L/100km (Combined)
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 70L
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • ANCAP Rating: TBC
  • Airbags: Front, Side, Curtain & Driver's Knee
  • Safety: ESC with Traction Control
  • Spare Wheel: N/A (Run-flat Tyres)
  • Suspension: Dual Wishbone (F) / Multi-link (R)
  • Cargo Capacity: 440/590/1,700L
  • Tow Capacity: 2,100kg (Braked)
  • Turning Circle: 12.2m
  • Warranty: Three-Year / 100,000 kilometre
  • Weight: 1,960kg (Tare)
  • Wheels: Alloy 18 x 8.0-inch

BMW 535i Gran Turismo:
  • Engine: 2,979cc DOHC six-cylinder (24 valve)
  • Power: 225kW @ 5,800rpm
  • Torque: 400Nm @ 1,200 - 5,000rpm
  • Induction: Direct Injection & Turbocharged
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Driven Wheels: Rear
  • Brakes: Discs with ABS, CBC, EBA & EBD
  • Brake Diametre (mm): 348 x 36 (F) / 345 x 24 (R)
  • Top Speed: 250km/h (Electronically Limited)
  • 0-100km/h: 6.3 seconds
  • CO2 Emissions: 209g/km
  • Fuel Consumption: 8.9L/100km (Combined)
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 70L
  • Fuel Type: 91-98 RON Unleaded Petrol
  • ANCAP Rating: TBC
  • Airbags: Front, Side, Curtain & Driver's Knee
  • Safety: ESC with Traction Control
  • Spare Wheel: N/A (Run-flat Tyres)
  • Suspension: Dual Wishbone (F) / Multi-link (R)
  • Cargo Capacity: 440/590/1,700L
  • Tow Capacity: 2,100kg (Braked)
  • Turning Circle: 12.2m
  • Warranty: Three-Year / 100,000 kilometre
  • Weight: 1,940kg (Tare)
  • Wheels: Alloy 19 x 8.5-inch (F) / 19 x 9.5-inch (R)

BMW 550i Gran Turismo:
  • Engine: 4,395cc DOHC eight-cylinder (32 valve)
  • Power: 300kW @ 5,500 - 6,400rpm
  • Torque: 600Nm @ 1,750 - 4,500rpm
  • Induction: Direct Injection and Twin-Turbocharged
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Driven Wheels: Rear
  • Brakes: Discs with ABS, CBC, EBA & EBD
  • Brake Diametre (mm): 374 x 36 (F) / 370 x 24 (R)
  • Top Speed: 250km/h (Electronically Limited)
  • 0-100km/h: 5.5 seconds
  • CO2 Emissions: 263g/km
  • Fuel Consumption: 11.2L/100km (Combined)
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 70L
  • Fuel Type: 91-98 RON Unleaded Petrol
  • ANCAP Rating: TBC
  • Airbags: Front, Side, Curtain & Driver's Knee
  • Safety: ESC with Traction Control
  • Spare Wheel: N/A (Run-flat Tyres)
  • Suspension: Dual Wishbone (F) / Multi-link (R)
  • Cargo Capacity: 440/590/1,700L
  • Tow Capacity: 2,100kg (Tare)
  • Turning Circle: 12.2m
  • Warranty: Three-Year / 100,000 kilometre
  • Weight: 2,060kg (Tare)
  • Wheels: Alloy 20 x 8.5-inch (F) / 20 x 10.0-inch (R)

Dimensions:
  • Length: 4,998mm
  • Width: 1901mm
  • Height: 1,559mm
  • Wheelbase: 3,070mm
  • Track (F): 1,611mm (530d & 535i) / 1,621mm (550i)
  • Track (R): 1,654mm (530d & 535i) / 1,636mm (550i)

*Pricing is a guide as recommended to us by the manufacturer and does not included dealer delivery, on-road and statutory charges.