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Long Term Update 1: 2010 BMW 535i GT


When styling comparisons are made between a vehicle and the Pontiac Aztek, that's trouble. Executive editor Edward Loh fantasized that, if the Aztek had survived for two more generations, the third-gen might have looked like the 535i GT. He also found that the GT was easy to drive, but lacking some of the traditional Bmw tightness, rigidity, and steering feel.

"At least it drives well, right? Well, not so much. Prodding the chassis dynamic button to Sport+ doesn't do much to improve things, either. In fact, it appears to add a bit of graininess to the driving character-a raspier engine note and heavier steering, which conspire to make the car feel, well, crotchety." On the plus side, the sound system is excellent, as are the instrument and steering-wheel control upgrades. And, gripes aside, this vehicle does a fine job of living up to its GT name.
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