BMW 520d Touring
The estate version of the BMW 520d retains its place as the premium option in our estates category for the third year in a row. A mild face-lift that brought higher prices but more standard equipment to the 5 Series range hasn't altered the car's appeal in the full-size estate class.
Now with sat-nav and xenon headlights, the 520d SE feels even more premium in its standard form, and it still drives well. As ever, you'll need to add optional £985 adaptive dampers to get the best balance of ride and handling, which makes the big BMW seem even more expensive.
Even so, you don't feel cheated. Not only is the 520d Touring every bit the executive-class transport, it's also one of the most fuel- and tax-efficient cars in its class.
A broad, uninterrupted load bay, seats that drop flat easily and enough room in the back and adjustment up front for tall adults mean it's still the most complete premium estate out there.