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BMW 5 Series Touring (2010–2017)

Last updated 27 June 2019

Length 4907 mm
Width 1860–2102 mm
Height 1462 mm
Wheelbase 2968 mm
Boot Space 560–1670 L

Full specifications


This 5 Series has a larger boot than the previous model (up by 60 litres to 560 litres) and although other estates like the E-Class are bigger, the 5 Series Touring makes the most of what it has.

The boot area is wide and and there are no intrusions at the sides (from wheelarches for instance), so loading boxy items like the odd bit of furniture is easy and there's less likelihood of things getting marked or scratched.

There's no bootlip either as the load sill and floor are all in line. All models come with a 40/20/40 split folding rear seat which is unique in this class and the three backrests can either be individually or jointly folded down (as shown in the pictures). Folding them (almost) flat increases the total load area to 1670 litres and usefully all the backrests can be released and folded by pulling one of the two levers in the sides of the boot.

Four fastening points are fitted to the luggage compartment floor as standard and there is also the optional Extended Storage pack which includes bag hooks, fixing straps, a fixing net and two adjustable fastening points mounted on rails that run the length of the boot. To hide luggage below the boot, the new BMW 5 Series Touring has a wide, gas spring assisted floor panel, which can also be completely removed, creating a recess in which (using the Fix-kit from the BMW range of accessories) two bicycles can be transported.

Another useful feature is the seperate opening tailgate glass - helfpul if you're in a tight multi-storey car park with a low roof. This is another feature that's unique in this class and it can also be opened via a button on the remote. The 5 Series Touring can also be equipped with an electrically operated pivot-mounted towbar and the maximum towing weight is 2,000kgs (1,900kgs for the 523i Touring).

The rest of the interior feels well built, spacious and upmarket. It is similar to the latest 7 Series and the 5 Series GT with impeccable build quality and great ergonomics.

The driver's seat is perfectly placed and it's easy to get comfortable thanks to a wide range of adjustment in both the seat and the steering column. Visibility out could be a bit better, especially as the windscreen pillars are quite thick, but in terms of tight manoeuvres, it does come with front and rear parking sensors as standard.

Those in the back get well looked after with plenty of space, especially head and knee room, although you may struggle with three across the back as there's a pretty chunky central transmission tunnel which gets in the way.

Standard equipment from launch (September 2010):

SE Touring models all come with a high level of standard specification including 17-inch alloy wheels with run-flat tyres, Dakota leather upholstery, BMW Professional Radio, Bluetooth telephone preparation, Dynamic Stability Control +, front and rear Park Distance Control, Cruise control with speed limiting function, an independent opening tailgate window, automatic air-conditioning and partial Black Panel technology. A sixspeed manual gearbox is fitted as standard apart from the 535d Touring which comes as standard with an automatic.

M Sport models add 18-inch M Double-spoke style wheels with 245/45 R18 run-flat tyres, dark chrome exhaust tailpipes, Anthracite headlining, Aluminium Hexagon interior trim, M Sport multi-function three-spoke leather steering wheel, M aerodynamic bodystyling, M Sport suspension (can be deleted) and front, part-electric adjustment Sports seats.

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