08 February 2012 Last Updated: 29 October 2013

Full BMW 5-Series GT (09 on) Model Review

by Simon McBride, Road Test Editor

  • BMW 530d GT offers space, comfort and practicality
  • Claimed average of 45.3mpg, CO2 emissions of 173g/km
  • 0-62mph sprint takes 6.9s, P11d value of £48,560
BMW 5-Series GT (09 on) 530d M Sport GT 5d Step Auto - Road Test
The distinctive styling of the BMW 5-Series GT is not to everyone’s taste.

The distinctive styling of the BMW 5-Series GT is not to everyone’s taste.

The GT sits in between the 5 Series saloon and the X5. It's designed to appeal to company car drivers that want a car boasting a luxury interior, lots of space, high levels of standard equipment and a rewarding driving experience.

Under the bonnet lies a 245bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder, which is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It's incredibly smooth and refined, and allows the GT to accelerate from zero to 62mph in 6.9 seconds. Its top speed is 155mph. That's not bad at all when you take into account that this car weighs around two tonnes

Thanks to BMW’s Efficient Dynamics stop/start technology CO2 emissions are kept to 173g/km, while fuel economy is a reasonably acceptable average of 43.5mpg.

The emission figures currently place the car in the 28% Benefit-in-kind tax band for this year. With a P11d value of £48,560, company car tax for a 40% tax payer works out to be around £453 per month. For the 2012/13 tax year this model will go into the 29% BIK band. This will mean a hike in monthly costs to £469.

On the road the BMW 5 Series GT performs brilliantly. With 245bhp and 540Nm of pulling power on offer, the big BMW accelerates with ease and overtaking traffic isn't a problem. For such a big car it corners really well and it has plenty of grip. The ride is excellent and road, wind and tyre noise is minimal.

To add to the driver interaction the 5 Series GT has a system called Adaptive Drive. This allows you to change the throttle response, steering feel, gear changes and the level of stability control. There are four settings – Comfort+, Comfort, Sport and Sport+ but you can also partly configure these yourself. The Comfort+ setting is perfect when driving at steady speeds on the motorway and it’s also useful when you need to drive more economically.

As you would expect the cabin is driver focused, just like the rest of the BMW range. Up front there’s plenty of room for driver and passenger. The front seats are extremely comfortable, and the side and lumbar supports are good. There are plenty of upmarket details too, like M Sport trim-specific M detailing on the door sills.

Move to rear seats and you’ll find that there is more than enough room for two adults. The two outer seats slide forward and backwards. Another neat touch is that they can be reclined, making them ideal for longer trips.

The BMW 5 Series GT is also very practical. One of the standout features is its split tailgate. You can open the tailgate in saloon-style boot fashion or you can use it as a hatchback. That makes the GT extremely convenient when loading and unloading. 

To enhance load room even further, the rear seats can be slid forward by 10cm. Fold the rear bench flat and you will have even more space, making the GT ideal for company car drivers who have to carry around lots of equipment.

Rivals for the GT include cars like the Audi A7, making this a competitive sector of the market. The BMW 530d GT is, however, an excellent proposition and well worth considering.

It's available to order now, with a P11d value of £48,560 for the 5 Series 530d GT M Sport model.

Also consider

Audi A7

Sitting between the more orthodox A6 and A8 saloon models, the A7 is a more coupe-esque styled four-door model. It comes with a good range of refined petrol and diesel engines and is superbly well built.

Jaguar XF

The XF was the first of Jaguar's more modern looking cars. It’s supremely comfortable with an excellent interior. The manufacturer has also added a cleaner and more fuel efficient 2.2-litre diesel.

Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe

One of the original saloon/coupe crossovers. It blends excellent build quality with sleek looks. It’s a refined car, which focuses on driver and passenger comfort. There’s also a choice of economical diesel engines