Owning a BMW Sports Hatch or Gran Turismo model brings a host of motoring pleasures, but prospective customers always have one or two questions...

General questions.

Hatchback means the car has a rear door that’s hinged at the roofline and swings upwards. Most have a second row of seating for rear passengers that folds down to create a large load space.

The BMW 1802-2002 Touring was one of the first modern hatchbacks, launched in 1971.

A variation on the classic BMW 02 Series, first launched in 1966, the 1802 had a 2.0-litre engine and was in production until 1973. With split rear folding seats it had many of the features taken for granted today. The BMW 2002 Touring replaced it, and was in production until 1975.

The BMW with the most horsepower is the BMW 550i Gran Turismo, with 450hp. It will still return 30.1 - 30.7 mpg on the combined cycle.

If practicality is important, and there’s the need to transport large amounts of cargo, but the idea of a Touring model is not appealing, a BMW Sports Hatch or Gran Turismo model is the perfect compromise. 


The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo has the most boot space with 500 – 620 litres with the seats up, 1,700 litres with the seats down.

All BMW vehicles come with air conditioning as standard.

The BMW 1 Series was tested by Euro NCAP – the European New Car Assessment Programme – and given the maximum of five stars. The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo and BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo do not sell in enough numbers to have been tested yet, but they’re based on models that have. The BMW 5 Series Saloon was tested in 2010 and got five stars, the BMW 3 Series Saloon was tested in 2012 and was awarded five stars.