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2012 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo

2012 Mercedes-Benz R Class

  2012 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo 4-door Sedan 550i Gran Turismo RWD Angular Front Exterior View 2012 Mercedes-Benz R Class 4MATIC 4-door 3.5L Angular Front Exterior View
Invoice $52,440 $49,002
15/28 16/23
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Bottom Line The 2012 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo is an intriguing design with a luxurious interior and limo-like back seat, but it has narrow niche appeal--and it's neither as nimble as the 5 sedans nor as handy as the X5 (or a wagon). Read Full Review The ambiguously shaped Mercedes R-Class isn't as easy a choice as the big GL-Class SUV, but especially in diesel trim, it's a capable long-distance touring machine. Read Full Review
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  • Handsome exterior
  • Excellent interior layout
  • Flexibility and cargo versatility
  • Top-notch powertrains
  • More effiicient than a crossover


  • Niche appeal
  • Doesn't handle as well as the sedan
  • Not all that maneuverable


  • A spacious, flexible wagon
  • Great highway ride quality
  • Fuel-efficient diesel drivetrain


  • Lethargic styling
  • Big rear doors can pose parking-spot problems
  • COMAND isn't as easy to learn as some systems
  • Folding second-row seats isn't easy
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