- Estate version of popular company car unveiled
- More tech than ever but E-Class has bigger boot
- First deliveries in June, priced from £38,385
The first official pictures have surfaced of the 2017 BMW 5 Series Touring – the estate version of one of the UK’s most popular company cars.
Longer, wider and taller than the car it replaces, its boot has grown to accommodate up to 1,700 litres of storage space if you fold the rear seats down, which is 120 litres shy of its main rival, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate. Audi’s A6 Avant is the other main protagonist in this sector, and while its boot is slightly smaller than the BMW’s, it’s due for replacement over the next two years and we expect the boot to grow significantly in-line with that seen on the VW Passat Estate and Skoda Superb Estate, which are based on the same underpinnings.
With the rear seats up there’s 570 litres of room, which represents a 10% increase over the previous 5 Series.
Is the 2017 BMW 5 Series Touring expensive to run?
Company car drivers will be interested to note that running costs are lower than ever before, and there’s no option of a manual gearbox – you’re stuck with BMW’s impressive eight-speed automatic as your only option.
The engine line-up for the UK upon launch in June 2017 will be as follows:
- 520d – 190hp, 400Nm, 7.8sec 0-62mph, 139mph, 65.6mpg, 114g/km
- 530d – 265hp, 620Nm, 5.8sec 0-62mph, 155mph, 56.4mpg, 131g/km
- 530d xDrive – 265hp, 620Nm, 5.6sec 0-62mph, 155mph, 51.3mpg, 144g/km
- 530i – 252hp, 350Nm, 6.5sec 0-62mph, 155mph, 46.3mpg, 139g/km
- 540i xDrive – 340hp, 450Nm, 5.1sec 0-62mph, 155mph, 37.6mpg, 172g/km
To find out how much each version of the BMW 5 Series Touring will cost to tax, check out our guide to BIK here.
As an example, however, the 520d – which has always been popular with fleet drivers – will cost you from £154 per month on a 20% pay banding, or double that for 40% taxpayers.
What tech is on the 2017 BMW 5 Series Touring?
As with the 5 Series Saloon, there’s plenty of equipment on offer depending on your choice of trim and optional extras.
You can expect to see a suite of the most advanced driver assistance systems as BMW tries to build more and more autonomous driving tech into its cars, so you can anticipate adaptive cruise control along with active lane-keeping and collision warning systems.
The 5 Series Touring will even park for you while you’re standing outside watching, using the key as a sort of remote control for the car.
Adaptive suspension will be an option too, allowing drivers the choice of a firmer, sportier set-up or a softer, more comfortable ride.
The infotainment system, which features a standard 10.25-inch screen, can be controlled either as a touchscreen, using voice commands or even using BMW’s Gesture Control technology. It can sport a Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless smartphone charging and wireless Apple CarPlay – a function the firm claims is unique to its cars at time of publication.