I came at the time we agreed. Indeed, it's a bit confusing. Maybe Europe loves hatchbacks simply because Americans hate them and they're P. For 2010, there is a new high-performance version called the 550i Gran Turismo. Beyond treble and bass controls, we were able to fine-tune the sound with the seven-band graphic equalizer, a feature not found in many other cars. The top-of-the-line sedan is the 550i xDrive. The premium audio system in our car, which uses 13 speakers, was very good, but didn't reach audiophile standards.
The gauge cluster — nearly identical to the 7 Series' head-up display — is a mix of analog needles and fully digital readouts. © Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image Maybe this new vehicular sub-genre suits the European mode of business travel, wherein it makes more sense for three or four execs to share a car for a high-speed autobahn blast between adjacent cities. Moving that mass in the U. Looking at the tach, the engine speed was barely over 3,000rpm. Its odd proportions, curious hatchback-or-sedan body style and downright-bizarre body lines add up to one big eyesore. 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. The Sport package added power-adjustable side bolsters to the front seats.
The manufacturer currently offers five sedan options and four touring car models. And from what I could tell, there wasn't any reason to have these steps separated. . After enjoying the 550i Gran Turismo's very refined ride on the freeway, we took it onto a series of winding mountain roads to see if it could justify its sport gear. The place alone makes you want to run the other way.
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. Had them redone and shortly after they are squeaky again. First, the leather seat folds down via a power switch on the left side of the cargo area, which seemed to take a very long time. What was really a pain was simply lowering the rear seats down to create a flat cargo floor — and they were power operated! First it should not have failed this soon and secondly that much to get a headlight replaced is absurd. To add to all of this, things just didn't seem right when we kept asking questions.
For example, calls this a 5 Series, the first of the new-generation 5s. But getting up into the fun roads, the 3D map on the navigation system detailed every mountain and contour with shaded textures. On the positive side, none of those hundreds of vehicles are a better companion on the open road. The manufacturer currently offers five sedan options and four touring car models. Maybe this new vehicular sub-genre suits the European mode of business travel, wherein it makes more sense for three or four execs to share a car for a high-speed autobahn blast between adjacent cities. They also feature an optional upgrade to all-wheel drive.
The top-of-the-line sedan is the 550i xDrive. We really liked the new twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine, the agile handling and the improved interior craftsmanship. The back of the Gran Turismo opens like a standard hatchback, or you can just open a smaller hatch. The head-up display shows vehicle speed and route guidance on the windshield. Some of the more notable changes made last year include a revised center console with a new electronic shifter, more intuitively positioned window switches and a mostly subtle increase in overall refinement.
The wheel rim delivers the same detailed feel of the road surface, and you get the same sensation that electrons are doing as much of the driving as you are. The series enjoys excellent safety ratings as well as high horsepower, and it's available with both automatic and manual transmissions. Recently though, I did get a fault code for an overheating warning. The hatch opens in two sections: The entire hatch can lift, or a section below the rear window opens separately to reveal a sedan-like trunk behind the rear seats and below a cargo cover. Maybe Europe loves hatchbacks simply because Americans hate them and they're P.
Switching the transmission over to manual mode, the car gave more satisfying performance. We think that expectation may be optimistic. A mild makeover in 2008 smoothed out some of the more controversial elements, adding a revised front and rear fascias and reworked headlights and taillights. We mentioned the 3D maps in the navigation system. The 5 Series gains two significant changes for 2010.