Con­nect 4: the four ages of BMW hatches


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The maker of ine sport­ing sa­loons has dab­bled in the odd hatch­back… or hatch­front

The new one 6-se­ries GT (2017)

In BMW’s Num­ber­land, 6 now means this, the GT. Lower, sleeker and longer than the 5 GT it re­places, thank­fully it’s also more gainly as a re­sult and swal­lows all the lat­est 5-se­ries tech too. Pop­u­lar­ity with buy­ers re­mains tbc.

The mir­ror-breaker 5-se­ries GT (2009 2017)

Never one to shy away from try­ing new things, BMW’s orig­i­nal 5 GT was big and spa­cious – al­most 7-se­ries big in fact – but was vis­ually chal­leng­ing to say the least. It was no feath­er­weight ei­ther and buy­ers didn’t re­ally un­der­stand, gen­er­ally pre­fer­ring to re­main non-buy­ers.

The mould-breaker E36 3-se­ries Com­pact (1993 2000)

A canny bit of butch­ery saw BMW cash in on the pre­mium hatch revo­lu­tion, mar­ry­ing the front end of the E36 with the rear sus­pen­sion from the ear­lier E30. Sounds ter­ri­ble, but was old-school fun and paved the way for the 1-se­ries.

The old one Isetta 600 (1957 1959)

So maybe the hatch was at the wrong end and dou­bled as a door, but the 600 packed four seats into a laugh­ably com­pact frame. Get­ting the shop­ping out of the back was a chal­lenge, but park­ing some­thing shorter than an orig­i­nal Mini was not.

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