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BMW 5 Series Touring (2017–)

Last updated 14 June 2019

Rides superbly thanks to standard fit self-levelling air suspension. xDrive available on top models. Impeccable quality interior. All have 2000kg towing capacity.
Only 520i SE below £40,000. Steering lacks the weight of previous 5 Series.
Updated 13 June 2019
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Introduction

If you're after a big premium estate, you've never had it so good. The quality of models from the likes of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and Audi mean there are really no bad choices.

Whatever you choose, you're unlikely to be disappointed. In fact there are such fine margins between them, heralding one as the 'best in class' is nigh on impossible.

But this generation of the BMW 5 Series Touring makes a very good case for itself. It's every inch the upmarket estate it presents itself as, with a beautifully finished interior, excellent refinement and a huge load area. 

Longer than before and with a bigger wheelbase, rear space has improved while the boot is a little larger too. The 5 Series Touring is also incredibly refined and the 520d - which is the most common model - is powered by one of the best 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engines around.

Seriously, this thing is excellent. It's punchy, eager yet quiet and smooth too. It's also economical to run with claimed economy of more than 65mpg. There's no need to look at this as the 'poor relation' in the range, if anything it suits the BMW to a tee.

That said, the top diesel is immense. The 530d is available with xDrive four-wheel drive but at close to £50k it's not cheap. However, it's all the car you'll ever need - quick, capable and comfortable.

Even if you go for an M Sport model, the 5 Series Touring rides exceptionally well, helped in no small part by the automatic self-levelling rear suspension which comes as standard on all models. Also standard fit is an eight-speed automatic gearbox - you'll no longer find a manual transmission on a 5 Series Touring. All models can also tow up to 2000kg.

While the steering may lack the weight of the the previous 5 Series, this generation actually handles better with the reworked suspension giving it an agility that belies its size. It's speciality may be covering motorway miles in comfort, but the 5 Series Touring's forte is to be found in tight corners. 

It's hard to find fault with the 5 Series Touring - it does everything you ask of it impeccably. The ultimate estate car? We'd find it hard to argue with that.

BMW 5 Series Touring 2017 Road Test

List Price from £37,100
Buy new from £28,776
Contract hire from £315.40 per month
 

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