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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

BMW 5 Series Touring safety is impressive. It is packed with both active and passive safety systems and has been awarded the top five-star Euro NCAP rating. There are multiple airbags, side impact protection, front anti-whiplash head restraints and crash sensors which cut off the fuel and battery, release the locks and activate the hazard warning lights.

To keep the driver out of trouble there are myriad electronic safety systems including stability and brake controls that help prevent loss of vehicle control in a skid and apply the maximum braking in an emergency stop. The cruise control also comes with brake and speed limiting functions, and there is an optional night vision, four-wheel steering and lane departure warning system to further enhance driver safety.

BMW 5 Series Touring practicality is excellent. The company makes much of the practicality of the Touring. Not only is the boot bigger but thanks to the redesigned seats, bigger, bulkier items can be fitted in. The company claims a boot size of 560 litres - an increase of 60 litres over the old model. With the rear seats folded capacity increases to 1,670 and the boot has four tie-down points, a pop-out hook and both the rear tailgate and rear boot cover can open automatically.

There is a separate glass tailgate (also operates the auto boot cover) and an optional extended storage package that enables the 40/20/40 spilt rear seats to be tilted at varying angles to boost boot storage space. Roof rails and towing hook are also available.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW 5-Series Touring (10-17).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • 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
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

Luxury equipment

Luxury standard equipment
  • Headlight washers
  • Sat Nav
Luxury optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sports seats

M Sport equipment

M Sport standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Sports seats
M Sport optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav

Modern equipment

Modern standard equipment
  • Headlight washers
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Modern optional equipment
  • Climate control

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
SE optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The BMW 5-Series Touring (10-17) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2010 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2010
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 95%
Child Occupant: 83%
Vulnerable Road Users: 78%
Safety Assist: 100%

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.