The 5 Series Touring is BMW’s largest estate, and competes with rivals such as the Audi A6 Avant and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate. It’s more expensive than BMW’s own 3 Series Touring, but more comfortable, more refined, better equipped and, perhaps most importantly of all, has a much bigger boot.
There’s a broad choice of diesel and petrol engines, but there’s little point straying too far from the cheapest diesels. The 2.0-litre 520d makes the most sense, because it combines low CO2 emissions and good fuel economy with strong performance.
There’s also little reason to venture above entry-level SE trim, which gets luxuries such a sat-nav, leather seats, xenon headlights and climate control. However, we would recommend paying a bit extra for the optional adaptive suspension system: this small outlay transforms the 5 Series from merely good to drive to rather exceptional.