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3.5 out of 5 3.5
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
BMW 5-Series Touring (97-04) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £25,335 - £45,540
Used price £845 - £18,920
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £280 - £340
Insurance group 29 - 38 How much is it to insure?


Understated elegance, practical, image, good to drive.


Hardly a proper estate car.

BMW 5-Series Touring rivals

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This 5-Series Touring - with its subtle refined looks - has now been replaced with an all-new and more eyecatching modell. It may have been launched in 1996, but but the excellence of engineering and understated styling are matched only by the Mercedes E Class and Audi A6. It's a high achiever with such ability and maturity it doesn't need to boast.

If you want an executive model that combines restrained elegance, subtle design, refined power and luxury without ostentation, put this car on your acquisitions list.

BMW 5-Series Touring rivals

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