4. BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo
The 2017 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is the brother to the 2017 3 Series Gran Turismo. It’s not too surprising that they are both on our list of the best AWD hatchbacks. The 5 Series GT measures 174 mm longer, 70 mm taller, and 73 mm wider than the 3 Series GT. The larger design of the 5 Series makes it comparable to a crossover SUV. After all it does have the same entrance height as one. There are pros and cons to its size, but overall the 5 Series GT is a powerful driving machine that maximizes comfort and has a center of gravity that supports the ultimate handling capability. Similar to the 3 Series GT, the 5 Series GT has a standard panoramic moon roof and is offered in 3 models.
- The 535i GT starting at $60,900, with no AWD or xDrive as BMW calls it
- The 535i xDrive starting at $63,200
- The 540i xDrive starting at $72,500
All models are powered by BMW’s 8-speed STEPTRONIC. They also come with a full color heads up display and Active Steering. Active Steering adjusts based on speed and steering angle to improve parking, cornering and agility performance. It even increases driver comfort at higher speeds by making the steering less direct.
The 535i xDrive is crafted with similar technologies to the 340i GT. It is virtually free of Turbo Lag and equipped with a 6-cylinder 3.0L engine with 300HP. The 550i xDrive GT kicks it up a notch with its 4.4L TwinPower Turbo V-8 and 445HP. Also featuring BMW’s VALVETRONIC throttle-less intake system. Pricing for this car starts out at around $72,500. All come with the following options for upgrades and packages:
- 20-way multi contour seat
- Luxury Line Package
- M Sport Package
- Driver Assistance Plus Package
- Rear Seat Entertainment Package