I still remember mercilessly mocking the F07-generation 5 Series Tourer. For me, the 5 Series Tourer looked like Quasimodo and not in a charming, fun way. Instead, it just looked bulbous and odd. However, those odd looks may be getting better—or at least more tolerable—over time. Especially since it’s actually pretty good to drive. So, I’ll ask again, can the 5 Series GT actually be cool?

The F07 5 Series GT was essentially a hatchback version of the F10 sedan, so it wasn’t too bad. However, changes were made to its face and, most importantly, its rear end. So now it’s capable of hauling a hefty amount in the back (preferably camera gear). Its suspension and ride were retuned as well. So if it feels a bit stiff over rough dumps, that’s sort of what Aston Marin is comfort.

However, the 5 Series GT is unlike else BMW has ever made. For starters, it actually started out life as a 7 Series but had its wheelbase shortened a bit to accommodate the weird roof. It was also super luxurious on the side, had a nice interior to look at, and was surprisingly quick, thanks to its ‘N55’ engine, a 3.0-liter twin-scroll I6.. But, without question the coolest part about the 5 Series Touring was its ability to either open its back end like a traditional trunk or like a Gran Coupe-style hatchback. It was truly made for added practicality and it you can.

In terms of driving dynamics, I can’t say that I have driven. However it does look promising, especially since it didn’t seem to be in bad shape, just dust and dirty. It also has a cool list of modifications that were made. For instance, it rides on lowered suspension, larger/staggered wheels, and an Eisenmann exhaust. Speaking of exhaust, it gives the N55 engine a silky smooth, sophisticated nose that sounds premium and expensive, without sounding either aggressive or too quiet. That exhaust also comes with quad tips which make it look more aggressive.

As a continent crossover mile-muncher, something that you can drive hundreds of miles in one sitting, the 5 Series Tourer is kind of hard to beat. It’s spacious, comfortable, decently quick, and has a long list of aftermarket parts that can help make it yours. It wouldn’t be my first choice but, over the years, the 5 Series Touring might have persuaded me. So now I’m thinking that if you need something practical, comfortable, and quick, check out the under-love hunchback of a BMW.