Carmakers have rolled out a range of new body styles over the past few years. This has proved great for families who are now presented with more options than ever when choosing a car with the flexibility they need. We were lucky enough to spend some time with one of the latest entrants to the market.
The BMW 520d GT is a combination of sports sedan, SUV and hatchback and provides an interesting alternative to more traditional vehicles. It has the headroom of the X5 but drives more like a regular sedan. On a road trip up the NSW coast it was great to drive, holding the road nicely, even with the higher driving position.
Interior space is terrific. It’s easy to see why one of the major markets for this car is limousine drivers. We easily fit three kids (including two carseats) in the back. The panorama glass sunroof added to the feeling of space in the cabin.
The rear seats are adjustable, letting you trade leg room for boot space. With the seats forward (which still gives plenty of room for children), total space is 590l.
Fuel efficiency from the diesel engine is pretty impressive for such a big car, making a combined consumption of 5.5l/100km.
Our favourite feature on the car was the (optional) head-up-display. All driving information, including GPS navigation instructions, are projected on the windscreen. Driving with children is always full of distractions, so being able to focus on the road instead of the dashboard was terrific.
With pricing starting at $93,900, the BMW 520d GT may be out of reach for many. But it’s great to see car companies bring new designs to market that cater to families.