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Don't Hate The BMW 535i Gran Turismo Just Because It's Butt Ugly

But seriously, what were BMW designers thinking?

The BMW 535i Gran Turismo has been around since 2010 and it’s never been a huge seller. The idea behind it was that it’d replace the 5 Series wagon in the US. Well, it did but it never attracted those looking for a wagon. They went for crossovers instead. Makes sense because the 5 Series Gran Turismo is pretty damn ugly. However, it does have several good things going for it that not everyone knows about. For starters, it’s got a lot more cargo space than you probably thought.

With the rear seats folded down and moved forward by four inches, there’s a total of 59.5 cubic feet. Its power tailgate provides dual access, too. Our tester was also equipped with all-wheel drive for an extra $2,300. So on paper it comes across as more of a crossover than a wagon, and that’s because it really is one.

Power? Try the familiar turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. You could pony up an extra few thousand bucks for the optional twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 with 445 hp. But the best part about the 5 GT is that, unlike the X5, it drives like a real BMW, and AWD makes handling even more secure. So why all the 5 GT hate? Because it’s one of the ugliest cars on sale today. Special thanks to Niello BMW-Sacramento for letting us film the car.

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