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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest BMW 5-Series Touring review.

Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
BMW 5-Series Touring (03-10) - rated 4.5 out of 5
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PROS

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

CONS

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

At a glance

New price £25,835 - £52,690
Used price £815 - £10,510
Fuel economy 24 - 53 mpg
Road tax cost £145 - £570
Insurance group 31 - 45 How much is it to insure?

PROS

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

CONS

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

BMW 5-Series Touring rivals

Volvo
V70
4 out of 5 4.0

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.

BMW 5-Series Touring rivals

Volvo
V70
4 out of 5 4.0

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