We take the new new 'grand tourer' to Morocco to see if it lives up to its name
16 October 2009

BMW claims it has created another niche in the already crowded car market with the launch of its new 5-series GT.

To find out if the one-third saloon, one-third estate and one-third SUV could live up to its billing, Autocar's Hilton Holloway took the car on a five day drive from Lisbon to Fez in Morocco and back, and you can see the hi-res pics by clicking on the link below.

See the stunning hi-res pics of the BMW 5-series GT trip

"The only real way to test this new concept was to indulge in a proper Grand Tour," said Holloway, "something that would really tax the car and test its ability to cosset the occupants."

The route took in three countries driving on tight mountain roads, dusty side streets, busy city centres and empty highways to see if the 5-series GT could do just that.

The full account of Holloway's epic trip can be read in this week's Autocar magazine, which is on sale now.

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16 October 2009

I didn't like this car at all at first but in these pictures its really grown on me, even the rear. I would even go so far as to say I would pick this over a 5-series saloon- dont get me wrong I do love saloons, the classic proportions of a 3-box saloon car always look fantastic, but saloons are really a throwback to the 40s & 50s nowadays. If you were designing a luxury car for the first time, from scratch, eg no preconcieved ideas of what a luxury car should/ shouldnt look like, I think it would look a lot like this- its a luxury car for the 21st century.

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

16 October 2009

yeah - parked up in service stations, stuck in traffic or immigration checkpoints. a spectacular photographic tour de force for sure.

16 October 2009

680 miles in five days isn't a road trip. It's a holiday.

16 October 2009

God, it's ugly.

16 October 2009

[quote Welsh Wizard]

God, it's ugly.

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I went to a pre launch event for this car, with my old man, and i was expecting to think exactly the same, having not seen a single picture that i thought made the car look any good at all.

in the flesh i was really very surprised, it is a very big car (longer than an X5) but its also alot more hansom than the pictures would have you believe.

its not a "pretty" car, but i did find myself really liking the look of it, and the proportions are much better than they come across. i.e. the back is not as high as it looks.

I was very very impressed with it, the interior is very good, and very comfortable.

16 October 2009

[quote Autocar]BMW claims it has created another niche [/quote]

Well done with BMW for coming up with the luxury-hatch and creating a new genre. I must have dreamt the Rover SD1, Ford Granada/Scorpio, Renault 20, Renault 25, Rover XX/800, Citroen CX, Citroen XM.........

The sad thing is that a whole host of middle managers will be salavating at this crock........

16 October 2009

.[quote StringfelloweHawke]The sad thing is that a whole host of middle managers will be salavating at this crock........[/quote]

Perhaps the saving grace of this car then, is that less people will buy an X5 or X6...



16 October 2009

Anyone else notice that for a brand new model not to mention a car that's supposedly created an new niche market, it doesn't appear to be attracting any attention from the crowds.

16 October 2009

i dont like this car or the audi a5 sportback they are trying to cash in on the mercedes cls success for me the mercedes is such a beautiful design this is a mess

16 October 2009

Since joining the forums in August, what I have come to realize is that photographers either just like every other ordinary person have their good and bad days or just like some truly great professionals possess the ability to on occasions make something look better than it actually happens to be, and on other days take the opposite route.

This very vehicle in the pictures which accompanied its release looked pretty alright, if not very exciting; but in the pictures which have accompanied this particular update, as it really does not happen to be a complete story, either it has been made to look pretty ordinary, for some reason unknown to us outsiders, or the reality has been exposed by an independent neutral photographer.

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