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BMW 5 Series F11 Touring (2010–2017)

Last updated 10 September 2018

Great to drive with a perfect blend of handling and ride comfort. Top quality interior. Very refined at high speeds. Great engines including very efficient 520d.
Other estates this size have greater luggage capacity Very common failure of rear suspension airbags.
Updated 10 September 2018

Report of a fatal flaw developing after a year and 12,000 miles in the electronically controlled suspension (Adaptive Drive = Dynamic Drive + Adaptive Damping) of a very highly optioned £65,000...

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If you've read our review of the latest BMW 5 Series saloon you won't be massively surprised to learn that the Touring version is equally as good but with the added bonus of extra practicality. This is the fourth generation of the 5 Series Touring and it has the largest ever luggage capacity with 560 litres of boot space - although if it's outright carrying capacity you're after the E-Class still leads the way in this class with 695 litres.

But there's far more to the latest 5 Series Touring than boot space. Like the saloon version it's great to drive and handles superbly well for a car this size with a great suspension set-up that balances body control with a supple ride. Some may argue that the steering lacks the feel of the previous 5 Series. That's true to an extent, but you can happily forgive it that when you look at its overall qualities.

It's a great all-rounder that's as happy pounding the motorway with a full load of kids and shopping in the back as it is tackling twisty and demanding roads. Refinement is a real strength too with very little noise either from the road or the engine. Add in a high quality cabin and it's easy to see why this is the best executive estate around.

Equipment levels are impressive too and all models get Dakota leather upholstery, automatic air conditioning, self-levelling rear air suspension, Bluetooth plus both front and rear parking sensors.

Most buyers opt for the 520d which is incredibly efficient for any car - let alone one this size. The engine has been continually improved over the car's lifetime and not only does it return impressive economy - more than 60mpg in some versions - but it also provides strong performance. 

BMW 5 Series Road Test

Owners' reviews

Drive a 6 cylinder petrol version of this car with auto and you will be smitten.
Absolutely 100% pure driving luxury
Just Brilliant.
Beautifully built but terrible steering: heavy, vague, inconsistent, so definitely not the "ultimate driving machine".
Unreliable car and terrible customer service
A very fast, economical, comfortable and practical estate.

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