The BMW 5 Series: Sedan vs. Gran Turismo

There is no doubt that the BMW 5 Series is a stunningly designed series from BMW. Boasting high tech, beautiful design features and a look that only BMW can create, the BMW 5 Series for sale is a superb combination of performance, style and comfort.

Some of the fabulous technology available in the 5 Series BMW includes the traffic jam assist, park assist, camera systems and active protection.


Traffic jam assist is a fabulous system that allows you to easily move in dense traffic at a speed of up to 40 kilometres per hour. This system also automatically helps you maintain a good and safe following distance, helps you to regulate your car’s speed and even gives you active steering support.

Park assist is another fabulous tech accessory for both the Sedan and Gran Turismo. Helping you to identify suitable parking spaces, the BMW’s park assist will help you find a large enough space and, switching on your indicator and pressing down the park assist switch, help you to effectively and safely park your vehicle.


The camera system of the 5 Series allows you to have a clear view of the areas surrounding your vehicle when pulling into a parking. Park Distance Control (PDC) is equipped at the front and rear, while Surround View shows your car from above.

Active protection is a smartly designed safety system that will perform a number of tasks in cases where critical situations, like an emergency stop, arise. These tasks includes closing the windows, tensioning the front seatbelts and even closing the sliding roof, to name but a few examples. Attentive Assist is also a nifty feature that is responsible for monitoring your behaviour and looking for signs of tiredness. This system will analyse your steering responses and even recommend that you take a break.

Other cool features of the BMW 5 Series for sale include BMW Night Vision, BMW Head-Up Display and the iDrive Touch Controller.


The BMW 5 Series Sedan

With a modern shape and double kidney grille, this BMW for sale in South Africa is a striking work of art. It features short overhangs, a beautifully lengthened bonnet and a large wheelbase – a classic BMW Sedan with a stunning touch of sportiness.

Boasting new rear lights and an L-shaped design and with an optical depth, this BMW Sedan also features newly designed bumpers.

With the 5 Series Sedan you have the option of adaptive LED headlights giving you a variable highway and urban light distribution. This LED optional with the 5 Series BMW includes an anti-dazzle high-beam assist with a high and low headlight beam function.


With the anti-dazzle high-beam assist, your headlights will automatically turn your high bean headlights off and on depending on your traffic situation as well as the ambient light conditions. This technology monitors the presence of other cars in front of you or cars in oncoming traffic, automatically adjusting your lights as not to distract other drivers.

Moving to the interior, the 5 Series BMW Sedan utilises high quality materials to create a luxurious interior that is beautifully laid out with the comfort settings effortlessly reachable. Designed with smooth, long lines, the interior of this BMW is aimed at comfort and style.

  • 5 Series Sedan Lines

The Sedan is available in two lines – the BMW Luxury Line and the BMW Modern Line.

The Luxury Line of the Sedan boasts elegant and classic features. The interior of this particular line boasts features like an attractive fine wood surface, combined with finishing touches like strips in the form of high gloss chrome. It has beautiful leather covers that showcase exquisite stitch work.

With the Luxury Line for this BMW for sale in South Africa you will also have illuminated door sill finishers, chrome plated surrounds on the side windows and the illuminated door handles are stunningly finished off with chrome inserts. With either 18 or 19 inch light alloy wheels featuring the multi spoke design, attractive chrome elements on the rear and front aprons, and exhaust pipe finishers in the form of high-gloss chrome, your Luxury Line from BMW is truly luxurious.

The Modern Line is, simply put, modern. Featuring aluminium design features in both the rear and front, exhaust finishers in chrome matte and a smartly arranged instrument panel. With 17 or 18 inch light-alloy wheels boasting the turbine style, the Modern Line offers exclusive leather covers and a kidney grille with aluminium matte slats in the front.

  • The M Sport Package

The M Sport Package for the BMW 5 Series for sale comes standard with door sill finishers, Dakota leather sport seats for both the driver as well as the front passenger, an Anthracite roofliner, Aluminium Hexagon interior trim and a multifunctional leather steering wheel.


For the exterior, the M Sport Package features dark chrome tailpipes, 18 inch double spoke 613 M light alloy wheels, the M Aerodynamic package and the high gloss Shadow Line.

Optional extras for the M Sport Package on the BMW 5 Series Sedan includes the Individual extended leather equipment, front comfort seats in Napa or Dakota leather and 19 inch double spoke 351 M light alloy wheels.

BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo

If you love the 5 Series Sedan, but you would like a touch of sportiness, the 5 Series BMW Gran Turismo is for you. With a beautiful combination of a coupe like roofline and elegant bonnet and short overhangs, the Gran Turismo is a sport beauty deserving of the BMW name.

Featuring a dynamically shaped rear, the Turismo has low profile tailgate lights adding the sportiness of this BMW 5 Series for sale’s rear.


The interior is beautifully crafted with very special attention being paid to detail. Featuring frameless doors and a spacious interior, the Gran Turismo offers all of its passengers great legroom.

Here you will also find the panorama glass roof. Allowing for the inflow of natural light, the double floating headliner can also be closed. Featuring both lift and slide functions, the panorama glass roof in the Gran Turismo also offers a number of ventilation options, ensuring your comfort.

  • 5 Series Gran Turismo Lines

Like with the 5 Series Sedan, the Gran Turismo is available in two lines – the Luxury Line and the Modern Line.

Taking a look at this package from BMW for sale in South Africa, the Luxury Line accentuates the Gran Turismo’s classic and elegant features. Featuring chrome plated slats in the striking kidney grille, the multi-spoke, light- alloy 19 or 20 inch wheels add a touch of elegance. Featuring decorative chrome elements, including exhaust finishers in high-gloss chrome, the Luxury Line’s interior boasts fine wood surfaces, exclusive stitch work on the beautiful leather covers, and illuminated door sill finishers.


The Modern Line of the BMW 5 Series boasts beautifully crafted aluminium finishing details, helping to create a sense of timeless style. With chrome matte exhaust pipe finishers and turbine style, light alloy wheels (available in your choice of either 19 or 20 inches), the Modern Line is a modern and sophisticated design line for your 5 Series Gran Turismo.

  • Gran Turismo M Sport Package

The M Sport Package for the Gran Turismo is a stunningly sporty package that includes either Sport or Comfort front seats in Dakota leather, Palladium Grey interior trim, doorsill finishers and the Individual Anthracite roofliner.

In terms of the exterior, the M Sport Package includes 19 inch v-spoke 302 M light alloy wheels. This package also extends to include the M Sport suspension, the Individual high gloss Shadow Line, tailpipes in dark chrome, the Aerodynamic package as well as the kidney grille with ten vertical bars on each side finished in a high gloss black.


Optional extras on the M Sport Package for the 5 Series BMW Gran Turismo include your choice of six different interior fine-wood trims, BMW Individual Merino leather and 20 inch double spoke 303 M light alloy wheels.

The Sedan vs. the Gran Turismo

  • Sedan Specifications and Numbers

  520i 520d 528i 530d 535i ActiveHybrid 5 535d 550i
Maximum Output 135/5000 – 6250 kW/rpm 135/4000kW/rpm 180/5000 – 6000 kW/rpm 190/4000 kW/rpm 225/5800 kW/rpm 225/5800 kW/rpm 230/4400 kW/rpm 330/5500 – 6000 kW/rpm
Maximum Torque 270/1250 – 4500 Nm/rpm 380/1750 – 2750 Nm/rpm 350/1250 – 4800 Nm/rpm 560/1500 – 3000 Nm/rpm 400/1200 – 5000 Nm/rpm 400/1200 – 5000 Nm/rpm 630/1500 – 2500 Nm/rpm 650/2000 – 4500 Nm/rpm
Cylinders / Valves 4/4 4/4 4/4 6/4 6/4 6/4 4/4 8/4
Top Speed 233 km/h 231 km/h 250 km/h 250 km/h 250 km/h 250 km/h 250 km/h 250 km/h
Acceleration (0 – 100km/h) 7.9 s 7.9 s 6.2 s 5.8 s 5.7 s 5.9 s 5.3 s 4.6 s
Combined Fuel Consumption 6.0 l / 100 km 4.5 l / 100 km 6.1 l / 100 km 5.1 l / 100 km 7.6 l / 100 km 6.4 l / 100 km 5.3 l / 100 km 8.6 l / 100 km
  • Gran Turismo Specifications and Numbers

  535i 550i 520d 530d
Maximum Output 225/5800 – 6000kW/rpm 330/5500 – 6000 kW/rpm 135/4000 kW/rpm 190/4000 kW/rpm
Maximum Torque 400/1200 – 5000 Nm/rpm 650/2000 – 4500 Nm/rpm 380/1750 – 2750 Nm/rpm 560/1500 – 3000 Nm/rpm
Cylinders / Valves 6/4 8/4 4/4 6/4
Top Speed 250 km/h 250 km/h 215 km/h 246 km/h
Acceleration (0 – 100km/h) 6.1 s 5.0 s 8.9 s 6.2 s
Combined Fuel Consumption 8.2 l / 100 km 9.2 l / 100 km 5.5 l / 100 km 5.8 l / 100 km

Buy a 5 Series BMW on Auto Mart

Looking for a BMW 5 Series for sale? Auto Mart is the perfect place to find and compare prices for a range of BMWs for sale.

  • BMW 5 Series 520d M Sport

Advertised with a price tag of R 704 700, this BMW has a 2.0 turbo diesel engine, an automatic transmission and is available from Sovereign BMW in the Free State.



  • 5 Series BMW 523i

With a price tag of R 289 990, this white BMW has 78 800 kilometres on the clock, 19 inch M Sport alloy wheels and is available from Xquisite Auto in KwaZulu Natal.


  • 5 Series 530d Exclusive

Available from Western Autohaus Horizon View in Gauteng, this BMW for sale has 106 000 kilometres on the clock, a 3.0 turbo diesel engine and a price tag of R 299 990.



If you are in the market for a BMW for sale in South Africa, Auto Mart is most definitely the place to shop. With over 300 BMW 5 Series for sale, you are sure to find the elegantly luxurious model that not only suits your style, but your budget as well.


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