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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The over-riding feeling is of quality when you’re sat behind the wheel. BMW has simplified the main central console and divider so it’s quick to spot the control you need. This is because BMW has a main control (located to the right of the gearstick) that accesses all the major functions including audio, sat nav (optional), car settings and climate control.

It uses a central dial with buttons and a 7.5-inch screen to quickly access the car’s functions. It is intuitive and easy to find the main functions thanks to short-cut buttons. There are plenty of cubbies including central storage compartment and cup holders. There is also a multi-function steering wheel with remote controls for the audio and cruise functions.

There’s a remote switch to release the tailgate in the A-pillar, and the steering wheel has manual adjustment for reach and rake as standard.

BMW 5 Series Touring comfort levels are fantastic for a family or even four adults. The front seats are multi-adjustable with part electric adjustment for seat tilt and back support, while leg and head room in the rear is impressive. Just like the saloon the 5-Series Touring is well insulated so there is very little wind or road noise, so occupants are cocooned inside the car.

It is also fitted with self-levelling suspension that does a good job of keeping the car level and ensuring the handling isn’t compromised when carrying heavy loads.