The 2010 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo Reviews and Specification

The 2010 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo Reviews and Specification

The 2010 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo will initially go on sale with just one version, the 550i. A 6-cylinder trim, called 535i, will be available in the spring, as will an all-wheel-drive iteration. Once I got into the car, it drove great, the comfort features and the Nav / computer system were very user friendly. However, getting in and out of the car was the difficult part. Seems the front doors are made a bit small with the door frame 6" or more in front of the seat itself. I'm 6' 200# and have no trouble getting in and out of my G35 If the door frame were a bit larger, I would have left with a new 535Standard equipment includes Dakota leather upholstery, a 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat and bulkhead, power tilt/telescoping steering column, 10-way power front seats, AM/FM/CD stereo, auto-dimming rearview and exterior mirrors, panoramic sunroof, xenon adaptive headlights, fog lights, BMW Assist telematics system, self-leveling rear air suspension, electronic limited-slip differential, fog lights and 18-inch alloy wheels on run-flat tires.
Options are abundant, with features such as Lane Departure Warning, Active Blind Spot Detection, a rearview/side view camera, a navigation system, 20-way adjustable seats, Integral Active Steering with rear steering, a head's-up display, Night Vision with pedestrian detection, rear DVD entertainment, satellite radio and a 16-speaker premium audio system

The BMW 5 GT has the DNA of a luxury sport sedan, including a near-perfect 49.8/50.2 front/rear weight ratio. However, at 4,600 to 4,900 pounds, the 5 GT is just too big to be truly sporty. The result is a vehicle with a very carlike character, one that drives smaller than its size but doesn't attack turns as well as a more svelte 5-Series. It feels very much like a 7-Series, with sharp steering, quick reactions and a supple ride, but it has too much mass to excel in a slalom or bite into sharp turns. Compared with a crossover SUV, the 5 GT feels much more planted.
Those who want a somewhat sportier character can opt for 19- or 20-inch tires, Integral Active Steering with rear steering and Dynamic Damping Control with Active Roll Stabilization. Dynamic Damping Control adjusts the firmness of the shocks from comfortable to sporty, and Active Roll Stabilization twists the anti-roll bars to firm them up and make cornering flatter. BMW's Integrated Active Steering electronically varies the steering ratio to make it quicker and more responsive at low speeds and slower and more stable at high speeds. It also comes with rear steering, which turns the rear wheels up to three degrees in the opposite direction of the front wheels at low speeds to reduce the turning circle, and steers the rears with the fronts at speed to increase stability.

The car is better on the road than in the lot and it looks great. It is really fun to drive. The harder you push into the corners, the better it feels. I have never had it break loose yet, so I do not know how it will be on slick roads.Everything fits and works well. The hood, doors and trunk lines are all even . It is solid in every way I would rate it above the Lexus we owned before. The run flat tires are very stiff and give it some chop at slow speeds on rough roads. It feels like "the wheels hit the road" when going through chuck holes at slow speeds. I do not notice it at highway speeds? We may change the tires to a convential sports tire and see if they are better?Overall it is the best car that I have owned. I hope time proves me right. Only 5000 miles to date and loving it

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