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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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BMW 5 Series (10-) Estate
9 reader reviews for BMW 5 Series Touring.
  • 520d SE 5dr

    Stephen Howe , Berkshire . Date: 31/03/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      46

    My car

    I received the car in January 2014 having looked at the competition in depth previously and concluded the 530d is the best all round model. The 530d selected in normal suspension is just fine, and very smooth on most road surfaces. I decided to put my money into the great head up display option and a special body paint finish rather than all the silvers variants you see out there. The car is extremely spacious and beautifully built, and very well equipped, the optional large Sat Nav is a must have and very easy to operate. The car returns an average of 46mpg but has massive pulling power to get of a hot spot, so you get the best of both worlds I guess. I have had Merc previously and must say the quality is not as good and the drive is far better in the 5. I would highly recommend this variant that want sheer power and economy.

  • 520d SE 5dr

    Dennis Henry , . Date: 03/03/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    I took delivery of my new 530d M Sport Touring six weeks ago and quite frankly I'm amazed by the experience. This is my fifth 5 series which have included three E60's and one F10 and each time I'm due for change I've done the rounds test driving the current crop of Audi's,Merc's and Jag's and none of the them have been albe to drag me away the BMW dealership .This current incarnation behaves as if it's three cars in one, a luxury motorway cruiser, a spacious, practical transporter and with a flick of a switch becomes a car that throws it self along the road in a manner that make many sport car drivers think there's something wrong with their motors!

    A car that does all of this with the economy and running costs of the average family hatch back has to be commended and to qoute something I read recently " if it's not the nearest think to the perfect car then I scratch my head to know which car that is"

  • 520d SE 5dr

    Rob Slater , Lancashire . Date: 03/02/2014
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      44

    My car

    I have had the BMW520d SE Touring for over 16 months now and feel a little underwhelmed by the whole BMW experience. I have had 2 A6's for the last 8 years and had many enjoyable journeys, this time I listened to the masses and in fact quite like the look of the new model and plumped for my first ever BMW. The ride is good, the level of equipment is good, the comfort is good, but nothing is exceptional. The Audi I'm afraid is a better all round car. My major dislikes are, small boot, difficult manipulation of internal computer system and low gear speed. My positives are top end pull on the motorway, this is better than Audi, low CO2 emmissions and helps with my tax bill but them apart not very inspiring.So I have just over 2 years before I can replace the BMW and I would say Audi may just get my custom back.

  • 520d SE 5dr

    Richard Brown , Hampshire . Date: 07/08/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    This is a review of the outgoing F11 model. What is good; great image even with SE version, very comfortable with great seats, smooth ride, excellent gear changes from the auto box (sport version) and the flappy paddles are useful for extra power, enough power from the 2 litre engine. Plenty of room for wife and two kids and all our holiday luggage even if the boot is quite shallow. Great sat nav / media set up (professional version). Connected drive gives some nice gimmicks + really useful RTTI function. What is not so good; not enough storage space for all your bits and pieces (e.g. pathetic arm rest storage), even in sport mode its hard to get the auto to kick down to overtake. Cant raise the seat high enough for my 5ft 4in wife to be able to have a clear view over the enormous bonnet. Start/stop makes it hard to pull away fast at junctions (but you can turn it off), hill hold has to be put on each time you drive the car, Media / radio has truly awful sound through the standard speakers; I'm not an expert but my previous VW had much better sound and I don't think its reasonable to have to pay £400+ just for a average sound. Standard a/c is very annoying as if you change your temperature it doesn't change the passengers. Surely if you are alone in the car you want the whole car at the same temp? So unless you pay to upgrade you have to constantly change two temp. dials. Terrible customer service from local dealer from start to finish.

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