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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

A four-star Euro NCAP crash test score is below average when rivals from Audi, Volvo and Mercedes have achieved the maximum five stars. However the 5-Series Touring does come with six airbags as standard (two rear side airbags are optional) plus dynamic stability control.

The 5-Series has a useful load space and with no boot lip, loading and unloading heavy or awkward objects is easy. However compared to the Audi A6 and Volvo V70, the luggage area is around 70 litres smaller - and compared to the E-Class it lags behind by almost 200 litres. Thankfully folding down the rear seats is straightforward - although they don't sit totally flat, and this boosts space to 1,650 litres.

Up front there's decent storage, although the centre cubby under the armrest is a little small.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW 5-Series Touring (03-10).

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Roof rails
  • Space saver spare wheel
Standard Trim optional equipment
None available

ES equipment

ES standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
ES optional equipment
None available

ES SE equipment

ES SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
ES SE optional equipment
None available

M Sport equipment

M Sport standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sports seats
M Sport optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim

M Sport Business Edition equipment

M Sport Business Edition standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
M Sport Business Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD Multichanger
  • Metallic Paint

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Roof rails
SE optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel

SE Business Edition equipment

SE Business Edition standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
SE Business Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD Multichanger
  • Metallic Paint

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint

Euro NCAP Rating

The BMW 5-Series Touring (03-10) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 4 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Pedestrian - 1 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.