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BMW 5-Series Touring review

2003 - 2010 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 54.5

At a glance

Price new £25,835 - £52,690
Used prices £726 - £8,206
Road tax cost £180 - £695
Insurance group 31 - 45
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 370 - 816 miles
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Available fuel types



Pros & cons


Wide choice of strong yet efficient engines, good load area, great to drive, superbly built cabin


Styling still not to everyone's taste, similar-sized estates offer more boot space

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


Making an estate car equally practical and stylish is no easy task but the 5-Series Touring comes close. While the looks caused some controversy when the model was first introduced, the angled design has aged well but still stands out. It comes with a usefully large luggage area too and folding down the rear seats is fairly straightforward. True other estates like the Mercedes E-Class and Volvo V70 offer more space, but the BMW is unrivalled when it comes to driver appeal and enjoyment.

In 2007 the 5-Series line-up was revised and the firm introduced the Efficient Dynamics technology to the range which brought more efficient engines with increased power – the frugal 520d is able to return an impressive 53mpg.