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BMW 5-Series Touring review

1997 - 2004 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 53.5

At a glance

Price new £25,335 - £45,540
Used prices £669 - £11,135
Road tax cost £325 - £395
Insurance group 29 - 38
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 339 - 616 miles
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Pros & cons


Understated elegance, practical, image, good to drive.


Hardly a proper estate car.

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


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.