Testing Out the 2013 BMW GT 5 Gran Turismo

Posted on October 4, 2013 by


I was recently loaned a brand new 2013 BMW 535i xDrive Gran Turismo from one of my coworkers for a week. I had seen the model on display at the GCLA Show and Expo on Sept. 25th, and was impressed with its sleek look right away.

The vehicle handles with some bulk, but with the inline six-cylinder engine with 300 horsepower, the car moved effortlessly around the road. The interior is luxury all the way, with an advanced computer system in the dash that handles navigation and radio with ease. The rear seats were easy to get in and out of, and the back windows had roll-up shades that made the ride cooler during the hot sun.

The trunk offers ample luggage room, and there is a hatchback design that either opens the trunk fully for larger cargo, or a smaller segment for quicker loading and unloading.

The main drawbacks I saw were that the back window was very narrow and difficult to see out of. There is a reverse camera in the vehicle that assists with backing up, but any view toward the rear of the vehicle while in motion is impaired.

Overall the car was an amazing ride, and I can see how it would give clients a ride that is luxurious, powerful, and comfortable. I have talked to some operators who use BMW’s in their fleet, often times they have one or two high-end sedans like this BMW or a Mercedes S-Class’s for clients who request it. If you are an operator running a BMW GT 5 Gran Turismo, how has your experience been?

— Tim Crowley, LCT senior editor

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More LCT Blog Blog Posts

March 8, 2017

Immigration Issues Can Hit Limo Operators

Illegal or not, immigrants in one California region spend hard-earned money on renting stretch limousines.

March 1, 2017

Did The Dent Fairy Come To Visit You?

Unlike the tooth fairy and baby teeth, the dent fairy never runs out of vehicles.

February 15, 2017

My Unofficial International LCT Show Agenda

The suite parties, charity fundraisers, and off-the-grid get togethers round out a complete global industry trade show.

February 14, 2017

How To Practice Common Sense Customer Service

It's one of the most important and difficult qualities to hire for, since it emerges in unexpected situations on the job.

February 1, 2017

3 Big Fouls From My First Uber Rides

Operators don't have much to worry about if TNC drivers keep acting like this.

See More

Facebook Comments ()

Comments (0)

Post a Comment

Submit

Blog

See More

LCT Store

LCT Magazine - April 2017 $12.95 F&I / SPECIAL EVENTS ISSUE COVER STORY: * Don't Panic: Confronting Worst Fears - Fleet Risks * *



Connect

Experience the three annual industry events for networking for business, showcasing vehicles and products, and getting the tools for success.

Read About Your Region

What’s Happening Near You?
Click on any state to see the latest industry news and events in that region.

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Metro Magazine

Serving the bus and passenger rail industries for more than a century

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

Please sign in or register to .    Close