2017 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo

2017 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo
MSRP range
$60,900 - $72,500
2017 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo


  • Both the six-and eight-cylinder engines are powerful and refined
  • Front and rear seats are spacious and comfortable
  • Interior is well-built with top-notch materials
  • Dual-mode liftgate improves cargo-carrying flexibility


  • Less cargo space than the typical luxury crossover SUV
  • Not as maneuverable as the typical luxury sedan
  • More expensive than comparable sedans or SUVs
BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo years

Which 5 Series Gran Turismo does Edmunds recommend?

The base 535i GT will easily meet expectations for the vast majority of drivers. Shoppers in regions prone to bad weather will want to upgrade to the all-wheel-drive 535i xDrive. We also recommend adding the Driver Assistance Plus package for its suite of advanced safety features.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

The 2017 BMW 5 Series GT blends a luxury sedan, SUV and hatchback into one vehicle. It's an interesting idea in theory, but the best traits of each seem to have been lost in the mix. It lacks the maneuverability of a sedan and doesn't have the full-blown cargo capacity of an SUV.

2017 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo configurations

The 2017 BMW 5 Series GT five-passenger hatchback is available in 535i and 550i xDrive trim levels that correspond to engine sizes. The base 535i comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine (300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque) that is routed through an eight-speed automatic transmission on its way to the rear wheels. The all-wheel-drive version is called the 535i xDrive.

The 550i xDrive receives a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that puts out 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque.

All 5 Series GT models come with standard features that are typically found in midsize luxury sedans and SUVs, along with items including a power tailgate that can open either as a trunk or a hatch, adaptive xenon headlights, leather upholstery and a navigation system. The 550i xDrive is further enhanced with keyless ignition and entry, 14-way multicontour front seats, a rearview camera and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. You can also get these extra features as options on the 535i.

Other notable bundled options include the Cold Weather package (a heated steering wheel and seats) and the Luxury Seating package (ventilated multicontour front seats). We recommend getting the Driver Assistance Plus package to get the useful surround-view camera system, head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning with low-speed mitigation. Notable standalone options include LED headlights, an adaptive suspension, Integral Active Steering (four-wheel steering), night vision, a dual-screen rear entertainment system and a premium Bang & Olufsen audio system.


There's no lack of power with any of the 5 Series GT versions. Both the 535i and 550i confidently gather speed to merge onto highways. Handling, however, is more like that of an SUV, with noticeable body roll and less athleticism than you'd expect from a BMW sedan.


BMW estimates the 535i GT will reach 60 mph in about 6 seconds and the 550i in 4.7 seconds. Both, if accurate, would be quick times for their respective classes.


Despite the similarities to the BMW 5 and 7 Series sedans, the Gran Turismo hatchback, because of its higher ride height, behaves more like an SUV. Drivers expecting a vehicle with BMW's performance pedigree may be disappointed as a result.


Comfort is one area where the 2017 BMW 5 Series GT excels. It hits all the high notes for seats, ride quality and the absence of noise. It's a good representation of BMW's luxury credentials.

Seat comfort

The standard front seats are pleasantly comfortable after several hours. The available multicontour seats are even more comfortable, with an abundance of adjustments and even better support. The sliding and reclining rear seats will please adult-sized passengers, too.

Ride comfort

Regardless of the road conditions, the 5 Series GT ably isolates occupants from bumps, ruts and other imperfections for a smooth ride comparable to that of any other luxury vehicle.

Noise & vibration

Road, wind and engine noises are nearly silent. Driving a 5 Series GT means enjoying a calm interior environment that should help keep you free of fatigue.


The 5 Series GT's interior is as nice as some flagship luxury sedans because it's based on that of the previous-generation BMW 7 Series. Comfort and quality are excellent throughout, just as you'd expect.


In general, hatchbacks and SUVs gain an advantage over sedans for their additional cargo space and versatility. In the case of the 5 Series GT, though, the gains are marginal due to the sloping rear roofline. The dual-mode hatch comes off as more of a novelty than a useful innovation.

Small-item storage

Storage for your personal effects is limited to the center armrest bin and small door pockets. The cupholders are large, but their positioning right in front of the climate controls is not optimal.

Cargo space

The dual-mode rear hatch can open as a trunk (hinged right at the base of the glass) or as a full hatch (hinged at the roofline). The 63.6 cubic feet of maximum cargo space is generous, but the sloped rear hatch won't allow for bulkier cargo.


Despite its last-generation 7 Series origins, the 5 Series GT has kept up with the pace of technology. The iDrive infotainment system is one of the best interfaces out there, and a fair number of advanced safety features are available.

Audio & navigation

We like the BMW's iDrive infotainment system's rich feature content, quick responses, deep customization possibilities and sharp-looking display screen graphics. Some menus are more complicated than competitors, but most users will find operation second nature in short time.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Well kept secret
If you want a large, luxury station wagon without the look of a wagon, this is the car. Much easier to get in and out of than an SUV. Drives much more like a sedan, yet has lots of storage when the back seats are folded down. Speaking of back seats, these are more comfortable than the back seats of the 7 series sedan, unless you spend the extra $5k to get the luxury back seat package on the 7 series. This is built on the previous generation 7 series frame (ie comfortable) with all the latest technology upgrades. It is the perfect car for long distance traveling for up to five adults. Having driven the car for 8 months, I am particularly pleased with the relative lack of turbo lag. Much smoother than my 2011 model. I am also impressed with the six cylinder engine. I thought I would need the v8 for such a large car, but the six is perfectly adequate. Once I got used to it, the adaptive cruise control is a gem. It makes long distance highway driving much more pleasant.
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Features & Specs

19 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
300 hp @ 5800 rpm
18 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
300 hp @ 5800 rpm
15 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
445 hp @ 5500 rpm
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Our experts’ favorite 5 Series Gran Turismo safety features:

Active Driving Assistant
Warns if a collision is imminent and will hit the brakes automatically. It will also warn you if you begin to drift out of your lane.
Night Vision
See farther than the headlights allow. It highlights pedestrians and animals, too.
Surround-View Cameras
Take the guesswork out of maneuvering in tight spaces.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover5 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover9.3%

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More about the 2017 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo

Famous for performance sedans and, more recently, for a lineup of highly regarded SUVs, BMW through the years has also included in its offerings some very popular station wagons and, well, the 2017 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo. Intended to mix the attributes of a luxury sedan with a crossover SUV and a hatchback car, the GT is aimed at shoppers who need more cargo space and easier loading than a sedan but don't choose to wander into SUV territory. Since their introduction in 2009, GT models have never been top sellers, so presumably the target market is fairly narrow.

The 5 Series GT is being phased out, soon to be replaced by a similar 6 Series version, so updates for the 2017 model year are few. Along with the rest of the 5 Series, it now features enhanced USB and Bluetooth connectivity.

Power for the base 535i GT is supplied by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, while the 550i gets a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that generates 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. Both engines drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system, standard on the 550i GT, is an option on the 535i GT.

The base model with two-wheel drive is rated by the EPA at 22 mpg combined (19 city/27 highway). And moving up to the 550i GT will drop the rating to 18 mpg combined (15 city/24 highway).

On the road, the 5 Series GT reveals some of the reasons for the mixed market reaction. The engines are nearly faultless. Even the standard six-cylinder powerplant will prove more than powerful enough for most buyers, and those seeking even better acceleration can move up to the V8 model. The GT's handling, however, might not impress quite as much. Less like a sedan than an SUV in nature, it doesn't quite live up to the best attributes of either. But it does deliver a smooth, relaxed ride, and its cornering ability can be improved with the addition of optional adaptive suspension and BMW's four-wheel steering system.

Inside is where the 5 Series GT shines. The interior boasts the quiet atmosphere and extensive appointments of many upscale luxury sedans. Standard features include leather seats, a navigation system and a panoramic moonroof. And even though it doesn't have the cargo capacity of an SUV, the GT is still capable of carrying more cargo than a typical sedan, and loading is made somewhat easier by a power tailgate that can open as either a trunk or a hatch.

The base 535i GT comes standard with more than enough comfort and convenience features to satisfy most buyers, and the 550i GT adds still more luxury and technology. But enough add-on packages and stand-alone options are available to allow buyers a considerable amount of latitude for personalization. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find just the right 2017 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo to meet your needs.

2017 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo Overview

The 2017 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is offered in the following submodels: 5 Series Gran Turismo Hatchback. Available styles include 535i 4dr Hatchback (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 535i xDrive 4dr Hatchback AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and 550i xDrive 4dr Hatchback AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A).

What do people think of the 2017 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 5 Series Gran Turismo 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 5 Series Gran Turismo.

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Our Review Process

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