Classy design touches leave you in no doubt that this 5 Series GT is a luxury car. A backlit matt silver insert that runs the width of the dash and a blank, satin black fascia that lights up with crisp digital dials supplement the familiar, uncluttered BMW dash design. A standard panoramic sunroof adds to the high-class ambience.
The 5 Series GT continues to impress when viewed from the rear seats, where there is leg room to rival the more expensive 7 Series, if slightly less head room due to the sweeping, coupé-like roofline. It is also worth noting that although seatbelts are provided for three rear passengers, the middle seat is good for only occasional use.
Sit in any other seat, though, and the GT is an exceptionally comfortable and aesthetically pleasing place to spend time, rivaling plenty of cars from higher classes.
The driving position is excellent, too, with the seat offering a wide range of adjustment. Visibility isn’t great, though; it’s difficult to judge where the extremities of the car are, due to its design and size, and wide D-pillars and a narrow rear windscreen limit visibility for lane changes.
For a car that is longer than a Land Rover Discovery to offer just 440 litres of boot capacity with the seats up is less-than impressive, and the dual boot opening is also a little limited in terms of practicality. The vast tailgate is useful enough, but the curving roofline will limit carrying capacity and the saloon opening reveals a letterbox-style slot that you can’t see into unless you bend down to just above bumper level.
Still, the rear seats fold flat with one pull of the same handle that allows them to be reclined, freeing up a reasonable 1700 litres of load space.
As for the levels of equipment that adorn the 5 Series Gran Turismo, there are three main trims to choose from, however with an extensive options list making it your own is easily done. The entry-level SE models come with 18in alloy wheels, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, plus an auto tailgate, while inside there is a leather upholstery, heated and electrically adjustable front seats, manually adjustable rear seats, panoramic sunroof and dual-zone climate control. All BMW's come with the brilliant iDrive infotainment system, with the 520d coming with BMW's Navigation system, DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB interface, while the 530d comes with the Professional Media system and a touch-sensitive iDrive controller.