BMW 5 Series Touring (2010 – 2017) Review
BMW 5 Series Touring (2010 – 2017) At A Glance
The BMW 5 Series Touring offers a terrific blend of performance, practicality and poise. It rivals the estate versions of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6, taking all that is good about the 5 Series saloon then adding room for the dog. As an all-rounder, a BMW 520d is hard to beat. All that’s left for you to decide is whether to opt for SE or M Sport trim.
A terrific all-rounder. All the family car you could ever need. Still want that SUV? Other cliches are available, but few estate cars are as capable as the BMW 5 Series Touring. It takes all the benefits of a 5 Series saloon, then adds a little extra space at the back.
The result is one of the most desirable estate cars on the used market. While many people have turned to the perceived benefits of owning an SUV, the enlightened know that an estate car will be more practical, nicer to drive and more exclusive.
Launched in 2010 and facelifted in 2013, the 5 Series Touring is a rival to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate, Audi A6 Avant and Volvo V90.
It’s not as roomy as some of its key competitors, but you’re unlikely to require more space. The boot is vast, there’s loads of headroom in the cabin, and only a high transmission tunnel stops it from being a genuine five-seater. You can fit an adult in the middle rear seat, but they won’t thank you for it.
The cabin is finished to the high standards we’ve come to expect from BMW. The buttons and switches operate with precision and solidity, while the soft-touch plastics and plush materials impress, even on the entry-level SE model. Many new car buyers opted for the M Sport version, which raises the level of perceived quality.
Indeed, a 520d M Sport is the most ubiquitous BMW 5 Series Touring spec and engine combination. This is hardly surprising when you consider the all-round excellence of the 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine. The combination of smooth and punchy acceleration, quietness on a motorway, and remarkable fuel efficiency, make this the default choice when buying a used 5 Series.
The 518d is slightly cheaper to buy and run, while the 520i is arguably the best choice if you don’t fancy a diesel but still have one eye on fuel economy. The six-cylinder engines are desirable, and there’s even a V8 range-topper, if you can live with the expense.
Regardless of the engine, the 5 Series Touring is a brilliant car to drive. The steering is sharp and bristling with feedback, the handling is precise and composed, while the ride quality is supple, if not cushion-soft. After a day on a motorway, the 5 Series Touring will come alive on a B-road. It’s the ultimate all-rounder.
So what’s not to like? Well, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate is bigger and more luxurious. We’d also concede that a BMW X5 feels a little more special, even if that’s more of a psychological benefit. We’d be reaching for drawbacks if we said the styling was a tad dull.