The midsize BMW 5 Series is best known as a sedan, but that’s not the only body style available. The 550i xDrive Gran Turismo is a four-door all-wheel drive hatchback, imbued with the same driving dynamics as the sedan, but with far more cargo space and utility. It stops just short of SUV territory, although the greenhouse is truly expansive.
What's New for 2017
One year removed from modest changes for the 2016 model, the 2017 BMW 550i xDrive Gran Turismo is unchanged.
Choosing Your BMW 550 Gran Turismo
Lift the hood of your 550i Gran Turismo and you’ll find V8 power at the ready. This twin-turbo V8 displaces at 4.4 liters and delivers 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. It comes paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission with sport and manual shift modes.
The 550i comes with a long list of standard equipment. All models are outfitted with 18-inch V Spoke light alloy wheels and run-flat all-season tires. Xenon adaptive headlamps with auto leveling, LED accent lights, LED fog lights, and power folding heated side mirrors are included.
Inside, this model offers room for five with 20-way, power adjustable bucket seats up front and a 40-20-40 split fold-down rear seat with a pass-through to the cargo area. Dark leather upholstery and dark wood trim decorate the cabin. You’ll also find ambiance lighting, a panoramic moonroof, and a power liftgate.
A 16-speaker, 600-watt Harman Kardon surround sound audio system is standard. Satellite radio, HD radio, a CD/MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, and auxiliary input are included. This model has a navigation system with a 10.2-inch high-resolution screen.
Standard safety features include dynamic cruise control, a rearview camera, park distance control, and active front headrests.
Besides the standard model, the 550i xDrive Gran Turismo can be had in one of two lines—Luxury Line or M Sport.
BMW prices the 2017 550i xDrive Gran Turismo from $73,495 (destination included). Several packages are available, including dynamic handling ($3,500), lighting ($1,900), and executive ($2,050).
The dynamic package brings in adaptive drive for improved ride comfort and handling. The lighting package adds adaptive full LED lights and automatic high beams. Choose the executive package and your model adds a head-up display, ceramic controls, and soft-close automatic doors.
Cold weather, driver assistance plus, and luxury seating packages are also offered.
Choose the Luxury Line ($2,000) and your Gran Turismo receives 19-inch light alloy multi-spoke wheels. Inside, your BMW is outfitted with anthracite or dark wood trim, and a selection of Nappa and Dakota leathers.
The second available line is M Sport ($3,950), which adds 19-inch light alloy multi-spoke V Spoke wheels, an aerodynamic kit, shadow line exterior trim, and a sport package. An M steering wheel, an anthracite headliner, and an increased top speed limiter are also included.
If you like the Gran Turismo package, but you don’t require V8 power, consider the 535i xDrive Gran Turismo instead. This model is powered by a 3-liter inline six-cylinder twin-turbo engine making 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. You’ll save $9,300 in the process, or you might prefer to apply the savings to package upgrades.