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BMW 5-Series Touring (17 on) - rated 4.1 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £42,720 - £63,955
Lease from new From £487 p/m View lease deals
Used price £19,315 - £57,200
Fuel Economy 30.7 - 188.3 mpg
Road tax cost £155 - £490
Insurance group 30 - 45 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • As comfortable and great to drive as saloon
  • Spacious, high-quality interior
  • Frugal diesel and plug-in hybrid models
  • Intuitive and advanced infotainment

CONS

  • Lacks high performance version
  • No seven-seat option
  • A little less refined compared to the saloon
  • Mercedes E-Class still the biggest boot

BMW 5-Series Touring rivals

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V90
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Written by Ben Barry on

The Touring is the estate version of the BMW 5 Series, and BMW’s rival for the Mercedes-Benz E-class estate and Audi A6 Avant. Accounting for around 25% of the 20,000 annual 5 Series sales in the UK, it’s one of the most versatile all-round family cars money can buy.

It combines a spacious interior, large luggage capacity, excellent refinement and strong performance with good to exceptional fuel efficiency. Of all BMW’s range, only the X5 SUV can cover more bases when it comes to load-lugging, family-friendly practicality.

The fifth-generation 5 Series Touring takes an evolutionary approach to improving on its predecessor, but the gains are worthwhile nonetheless. It grows slightly in every way, being 36mm longer, 8mm wider and 10mm taller, but weight falls by around 100kg. This is mainly thanks to the bodyshell using more lightweight aluminium than its predecessor alongside conventional steel. That helps agility, dynamics and fuel efficiency.

Minor revisions to the range in 2020

The styling remains familiar, but what's under the bonnet makes a notable difference to the range from July 2020. The front kidney grilles are both wider and taller, the headlights are sleeker and the rear comprises of a thickly-lit, C-shaped light signature for the LED taillights with a dark surround, replacing the outgoing model’s thinly-lit L-shaped ones.

The most widespread change under the bonnet is the fitment of mild-hybrid technology to improve fuel efficiency on the current engine range. The 520d was the only engine to benefit from this system in late 2019, but this now includes the 520i and 530d diesel, using a 48v starter-generator and a secondary battery to store and deploy a small amount of electrical energy.

The 530e plug-in hybrid arrived late 2020 with rear- or all-wheel drive, along with a six-cylinder-engined 540i xDrive.

Key to the Touring’s appeal, of course, is its large luggage capacity (above). With 560-litres of space with the rear seats in place (the E-class has 640 litres, the A6 Avant: 565 litres), the boot floor is low and the aperture generously wide, making it relatively easy to load large items. Plus, all models come with a powered tailgate.

A wide range of engines and transmissions

A range of petrol and diesel engines are available, along with a plug-in hybrid. All come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive (xDrive), depending on engine specification. The 520d remains the big seller, with 80% of buyers won over by its combination of 184hp with 49.6-55.4mpg and 134-149g/km of CO2.

Buyers have a simple choice of  SE or M Sport trim levels, with the M Sport Edition available for a limited time until February 2021. All models are generously equipped - with even the entry-level SE model upgraded in 2020 to include driver's lumbar support, folding door mirrors and a rear-view camera as standard. The options list is also extensive, but are also often bundled into attractive packages for simplicity.

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the BMW 5 Series Touring including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive and whether we recommend buying one.

BMW 5-Series Touring rivals

Volvo
V90
4.1 out of 5 4.1

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