• (4.8) 4 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $12,244–$23,056
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 18
  • Engine: 400-hp, 4.4-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2010 BMW 550 Gran Turismo

Our Take on the Latest Model 2010 BMW 550 Gran Turismo

What We Don't Like

  • Pending further review

Notable Features

  • Google Maps search function
  • RWD
  • Only available as a sedan
  • Up to eight airbags
  • Lane departure warning system

2010 BMW 550 Gran Turismo Reviews

Vehicle Overview

BMW's 5 Series is the automaker's next step up in size and price from BMW's best-selling 3 Series. The top-level 550i is only available as a rear-wheel-drive sedan, unlike other 5 Series models that can be had in wagon and all-wheel-drive configurations. The 5 Series competes with luxury sedans like the Audi A6, Lexus GS and Acura RL.

For 2010, there is a new high-performance version called the 550i Gran Turismo.

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New for 2010
Other than the Gran Turismo model, there are no significant changes for 2010.

Exterior
The BMW 550 doesn't stray from the conventional BMW styling, as it has short overhangs (the distance between the end of the fender and the bumper) and a twin-kidney grille. The 550 has subtle door-sill and front and rear bodywork extensions.

  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Adaptive headlights turn in the direction of the steering wheel
  • LED turn signals
  • Front and rear parking sensors with graphic display
  • Metallic paint
  • 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Optional 19-inch light-alloy wheels with performance run-flat tires
  • Optional headlight washers
Interior
For 2010, BMW has upgraded the optional iDrive system, which controls the navigation system, to make it easier to use.
  • Leather trim
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • MP3 jack
  • Push-button start
  • Available head-up display projects car's speed and navigation directions on windshield
  • Available heated front and rear seats
  • Available HD radio
  • Available active cruise control automatically slows car when approaching a slower-moving car
Under the Hood
While other 5 Series models use six-cylinder engines, the 550i uses a 4.8-liter V-8 making 360 horsepower and 360 pounds-feet of torque.
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Available six-speed automatic
  • Rear-wheel drive
Safety
Safety features include:
  • Electronic stability system
  • Antilock brakes
  • Front, side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Rear side-impact airbags optional
  • Optional lane departure warning system sends a vibration through the steering wheel when car drifts from lane
5-Series Gran Turismo
For 2010, BMW added a hatchback version of its rear-wheel-drive 5 Series, dubbed the 5 Series Gran Turismo. Upstream of the outgoing 5 Series sedan — itself due to be replaced soon — the Gran Turismo sports a restyled interior and a streamlined exterior, both with cues from BMW's recently redesigned 7 Series flagship. With its steeply raked hatch ending in a short, sedan-like trunk, the Gran Turismo measures about 6 inches longer than the 5 Series sedan. The hatch opens in two sections: The entire hatch can lift, or a section below the rear window opens separately to reveal a sedan-like trunk behind the rear seats and below a cargo cover. The area offers 15.5 cubic feet of cargo volume, a bit more than the outgoing sedan's 14.0 cubic feet. For additional storage capacity, the seats fold down in a 40/20/40 split.

The 550i Gran Turismo can accommodate four or five, depending on the backseat configuration. Interior features include the 7 Series' Black Panel gauge and climate displays, which incorporate BMW's traditional gauge themes into an electroluminescent display. A next-generation iDrive system, already used across various other BMW models, offers better screen resolution and more shortcut keys than its predecessor.

The Gran Turismo's sole drivetrain — a twin-turbo V-8 that's good for 400 horsepower — works through a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

(4.8)

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Awesome, Fast and Reliable Car

by GT Owner from Madison, Wisconsin on April 1, 2015

My 2010 BMW 550 Gran Turismo is an awesome car! I bought it used with 10k miles 4 years ago and now it is 73k. Over years, I learned to tame my desire to push the car too fast, becauseI was getting to... Read Full Review

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2010 BMW 550 Gran Turismo Safety Ratings

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Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

48mo/50,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/unlimited

Free Scheduled Maintenance

48mo/50,000mi

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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