Not to mention, their dealer fees are pretty high. We left and traveled 20 minutes down the road to purchase the same exact car, less mileage, and less money. Skip to details on the: New for 2010 Other than the Gran Turismo model, there are no significant changes for 2010. Most of the time — including most of a road trip between Chicago and Indianapolis — I left it in Comfort, for the comfort of my wife, who was seated in the plush passenger seat. With its steeply raked hatch ending in a short, sedan-like trunk, the Gran Turismo measures about 6 inches longer than the 5 Series sedan. Unlike a lot of systems like this that I've tested, you can really feel a difference when you shift from one mode to another, using a well-positioned rocker switch on the center console. All model variants come as standard with the eight-speed automatic transmission previously to be admired only in the twelve-cylinder luxury saloon.
It was released in 2009. Then there's that odd trunk lid-and-a-hatchback rear end. You can easily make it a split screen with other menus, like trip information or stereo settings, as well. But getting up into the fun roads, the 3D map on the navigation system detailed every mountain and contour with shaded textures. Yes, some will call it a porker. It blends a traditional trunk lid with a proper liftgate in one clever design. Our test car weighed almost 2.
The gauge cluster — nearly identical to the 7 Series' head-up display — is a mix of analog needles and fully digital readouts. The dual-access tailgate is a slick piece of engineering: small items can be accessed through a small hatch without exposing the cabin to outside elements, while a full tailgate opens to allow for larger items like golf bags and baby carriages. And you can trust us when we say that it has a commanding presence on the road that doesn't does fully come across in photos please forgive us for making similar allegations about the Panamera. Send David an Hide full review. An all-wheel drive model is also slated for later in the year.
The only other car we've seen with that many is the , although that car launched four years ago. Our car came equipped with the optional head-up display, which projects vehicle speed on the windshield in front of the driver. Then there are the readouts and controls. At least all that mass buys bank-vault solidity. Integral Active Steering is available as an option, combining active steering of the front wheels with rear-wheel steering varying according to driving conditions and current requirements. Whatever, these platypuses -- some prettier than others -- are coming to our shores, if only in niche volumes.
Reconfigure it to the hatchback mode and the space grows to 60 cu. Looking at the tach, the engine speed was barely over 3,000rpm. When we couldn't figure out how to work the back hatch, it was an easy matter of looking through a couple of entries using the iDrive interface, as opposed to digging a big paper manual out of the glovebox. Sport mode sharpens things appreciably, holding the gears longer, remapping the throttle and firming the steering and suspension. The optional rear entertainment system features two screens and allows viewers to watch their choices and the front occupants to enjoy theirs. The top-level 550i is only available as a rear-wheel-drive sedan, unlike other 5 Series models that can be had in wagon and all-wheel-drive configurations. However, remove the privacy cover and stow it in the underfloor storage bin, drop the seats and separator panels and you now have a full-on hatchback.
With no paddles on the steering wheel, you'll need to tap the shifter for manual gear changes. On the freeway, it was very nice, and we could see driving for many hours on a road trip in perfect comfort, except the poor gas mileage would rapidly drain our wallets. In fact, it feels anything but. The fact the engine has eight speeds to interact with certainly helps the performance cause, as a snappy downshift brings the turbocharged performance to a boil. The rear seats may be adjusted individually fore-and-aft and also come with individual adjustment of the backrest angle.
The premium audio system in the 550i Gran Turismo also brought in an iPod port, a music source complementing the onboard hard-drive storage afforded by the navigation system. Don't waste your time or even think about spending your money on their mediocre auction bought cars. Based on the elegant and sporty 5-Series sedan, the all-new 2010 5-Series Gran Turismo is a 4-door designed to eat up long distances in great comfort. Now in its fourth generation, iDrive has gotten much more intuitive than ever before, but I still found myself fumbling with the main controller knob. The two gasoline models also set new standards for efficiency in their respective engine class. The most notable change comes under the hood, with the new turbocharged 4. For 2010, there is a new high-performance version called the 550i Gran Turismo.
On the positive side, none of those hundreds of vehicles are a better companion on the open road. The F07 uses the F01 platform and shares many components with the other 5 Series models. Would highly recommend them to our friends and others. Letting the engine speed run up to 6,000rpms, we got to use all of the turbocharged engine's available power. Power flows from the 7's formidable 4. There's a unique dual door on the back that you can open like a trunk or like a traditional hatchback. Skip to details on the: New for 2010 Other than the Gran Turismo model, there are no significant changes for 2010.
But we are more impressed that the car retains a subtle look, despite its weird body style. Opening the small, sedan-like luggage compartment lid beneath the rear window, with the tailgate as such remaining closed, the driver and passengers are able to conveniently load the rear compartment without causing any unpleasant noise, draughts or changes in temperature within the passenger compartment. The map gets crowded with 3D renderings of buildings in downtown San Francisco. The 550i Gran Turismo had a few other features worth mentioning. In terms of price, it trumps it considerably. Engine choices were turbocharged petrol, straight-6 diesel and V8 petrol. Archived from on 27 May 2010.
Maybe Europe loves hatchbacks simply because Americans hate them and they're P. Of the hundreds of vehicles I've written about over the years, there are few I would call truly ugly. But we didn't find that these feature fully delivered on their promise, especially in terms of mileage and sport driving capabilities. One of the hood latches broke while securing the hood. It's also not that roomy back there; golfers will be hard-pressed to get two full-size sets of clubs in the back with any extra room for luggage. They were upfront, honest, friendly and truly customer service oriented.