NEW FOR 2014:
-Updated engine, more power for 550i xDrive Gran Turismo
It’s largely laissez-faire this year for the hatchback version of BMW’s 5 Series, the Gran Turismo. While it wears the 5 Series name, the lineup is slimmer than in the more popular sedan: there’s no diesel, no four-cylinder, no hybrid, and no high-po M5 variant here. The body is longer, wider and taller than the sedan, and it rides on a longer wheelbase. The big hatchback opens two ways: it swings up as a single piece, and has an integrated “trunk” section that opens on its own, like a traditional sedan.
GT models begin with the 535i xDrive Gran Turismo, powered by a 3.0L turbocharged inline six that makes 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque; the upgrade is to the 550i xDrive GT, which gets a turbo 4.4L V8 good for 445 hp and 479 lb-ft, those figures being notable increases over the 2013 ratings of 400 hp and 450 lb-ft. Both come with an eight-speed automatic, and as the nomenclature suggests, both are standard all-wheel drivers.
The 535i xDrive GT gets 19-inch wheels, auto engine start/stop, brake energy regeneration, adaptive Xenon headlights with washers, heater windshield washer jets, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear park assist, tire pressure warning, power tailgate, auto-dimming rearview and side mirrors, driver memory, dynamic cruise control, panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel, power tilt-and-telescopic steering, 10-way power-adjustable heated front seats, lumbar support for driver and front passenger, fore-and-aft and backrest rear seats adjustment, 40/20/40 split rear seat, Dakota leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, 12-speaker stereo with USB integration, satellite radio, and auxiliary input, and iDrive with a seven-inch LCD display.
The move up to 550i trim adds a backup camera, intelligent keyless entry, twin chrome tailpipes, 16-way adjustable front seats, heated rear seats, and navigation with voice recognition.