BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo hatchback (2009-2017) - Interior & comfort
There’s loads of room in the BMW 5 Series GT, even for the tallest passengers
From the back seats, the BMW 5 Series GT is a spacious and relaxing car to travel in, especially if you specify the optional Executive Package (two separate rear chairs).
The standard rear seats are great and offer a commanding view out, but the upgraded ones recline independently – allowing plenty of scope to get comfortable on longer journeys. There's loads of room in the front and rear for even the tallest passengers thanks to the high roof, while the ambient cabin lighting makes the GT a soothing place to sit at night.
A high-set driving position and wide range of seat adjustment ensure the driver is comfortable, too.
The main problem with the 5 GT is its sheer size. Its driving dynamics confirm that this BMW has been designed more for the passenger’s enjoyment than the driver’s. Plus, the ride quality of the GT isn’t as good as the 5 Series saloon’s, and it’s not as elegant as other large coupe-style luxury hatchbacks such as the Mercedes CLS or Audi A7 Sportback. The hatchback tail is a bit ungainly, as is the slightly raised ride height. Still, the front end is aggressive and purposeful and the latest model has been tweaked to look more like the BMW 3 Series, with new front and rear lights and a sharper front bumper design.
BMW 5 Series GT dashboard
The 5 Series GT’s interior is a very luxurious affair. In fact, few cars at this price point look as beautiful inside. Everything from the dashboard to the standard leather seats is extremely well made, while all the buttons and instruments operate with a quality feel. The cabin feels like you’re in a car from the class above, with lovely leather, metal and soft-touch plastics used across the wide and welcoming dash. The slightly raised seating position means visibility out the front window is good, although those the rear screen pillars get in the way when you’re reversing.
All models are very well equipped, although we'd recommend sticking with the basic SE model and adding options such as sat nav and a head-up display rather than forking out for the pricey M Sport version. This commands a hefty premium over the standard car, yet gives you relatively little extra kit – although buyers now have a choice of Modern and Luxury trims, too.
You can kit out your 5 Series GT with a range of features to make long journeys less stressful, such as folding rear tables, sun blinds and iPad holders that attach to the front head restraints. And for that winter Alpine trip, you can even order a bespoke ski and snowboard bag, specially designed for the GT’s boot.