THE BMW 535i GT could very well be the Robocop of the motoring world. Part luxury sedan, part coupé and part SUV, it has more lines than a rock star’s cocaine-filled coffee table.
I won’t lie, the styling is certainly out there. As an offshoot of the regular 5 Series, the 5 Series GT is built with a variety of genres in mind that’s immediately recognisable. But figuring out which genres is a little trickier.Luckily it hasn’t changed under the skin and stays true to its luxurious 5 Series roots, offering all-out comfort.
From a driving position, the 535i GT is set up with a comfortable yet commanding position. Given that it’s based on the 7 Series platform, there is a vast amount of room front and rear, to the point that rear occupants can recline their seats.
The booty is where the most visible changes can be found, as it sports a derrière that even J.Lo would envy. The 5 GT’s boot lid is electrically operated and once opened it reveals the Narnia of all boots. To get a bulky car moving takes some doing. Buried beneath the skin of our test mule was BMW’s phenomenal straight-six 3.0-litre petrol engine, which lets out a growl when the accelerator pedal is prodded.
Producing 225kW and 400Nm of torque - channelled through an eight-speed automatic gearbox to the rear wheels - it’s safe to say that this turbocharged cauldron hides the vehicle’s true weight well, as a press of the accelerator delivers a strong rush of torque and sends this barge sailing on its merry way.
And the 535i GT really does sail along like it’s floating on a bed of clouds. A silly analogy perhaps, but not when you consider our horrid road conditions and just how well this BMW deals with it to ensure you are kept in maximum comfort.
Despite the fiery engine, the 5 GT doesn’t enjoy being flicked around too much, which could be thanks to its plus-size booty. Thankfully, you are continuously saved by a host of electronic management controls that nanny you, allowing you to focus on the drive.
The only downside to such a graceful car housing a monstrous engine? The hefty fuel bills headed your way - our test car averaged 13.6 litres/100km with a lot of highway driving.
Luckily, after a week with the bulky 535i GT, we swapped it for a more mild-mannered 528i luxury sedan. It’s certainly the pick of the bunch for me. The engine produces 180kW and 350Nm, which is more than adequate and we didn’t have an oddly styled rear end that people would gawk at in traffic.
The 528i has found the perfect balance between comfort and sporty prowess, which quite frankly is exactly what we want from such a luxurious transporter. If you are, however, looking to stand out from the crowd and need a car that weighs as much as an SUV but looks like a sedan that mated with a coupé, then you wouldn’t be wrong looking at the BMW 5 GT.