Don's expect BMW 5 Series GT running costs to be cheap but it is decent value when compared to similarly sporty yet practical cars such as the Porsche Panamera, especially as standard equipment levels are generous - something which is unusual on premium German cars. The 530d is the best for affordable running costs and will return a useful 44mpg. New buyers can also choose from two service packages aimed at keeping maintenance costs down.
Called BMW Service Inclusive, owners pay a one off fee which covers all general servicing for five years or 60,000 miles. Service Inclusive Plus adds to this by also including brake pads, brake discs and windscreen wipers, but the price rises accordingly.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||128p||£1,711 - £2,328 *|
|Diesel||131p||£1,124 - £1,418 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Ongoing running costs
|Servicing period||Variable according to on-board computer.|
|Warranty||Three years/unlimited miles.|
|Road tax (12 months)||
£145 - £570
See tax rates for all versions
33 - 47
How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.
Efficient Dynamics is the label BMW gives to the various systems it uses to improve efficiency and lower emissions. BMW 5 Series GT emissions have been lowered because it uses certain parts such as brake energy regeneration (which recharges the battery when braking) and active aerodynamics which closes flaps behind the grille to improve windflow. That said, it's still a heavy car at two tonnes, so the 530d is fairly impressive with economy of 44mpg and emissions of 173g/km of CO2.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|520d Diesel||139 g/km (Min)||£145|
|550i Petrol||263 g/km (Max)||£570|
Traditionally a BMW strong point, the firm has a great reputation for solid engineering and robust build quality. BMW 5 Series GT reliability is pretty sound because all engines in the GT have been well proven across the BMW range and this model has all the hallmarks of a high quality premium vehicle.
Car checklist problem points
|Body||No problems reported.|
|Engine / gearbox||No problems reported.|
|Other||No problems reported.|