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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
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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

    Keith Bowran , North Yorkshire . Date: 13/05/2012
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      55

    My car

    I have owned this car from new in September 2011 completing 16000 miles. Optional extras purchased included auto box, xenon lights, comfort seats and professional sat nav. I didn't pay the £1000 extra for dynamic suspension so don't know what I am missing but the car drives very smoothly on all main roads and motorways without it. Observing speed limits I consistently achieve 55mpg even when fully loaded, which is great. The sat nav, comfort seats and auto box make for very relaxed driving. So far the car has been totally reliable with no returns to the dealer. Then only downsides are the xenon lights have a straight line beam which cannot be altered for abroad and annoy continental drivers and I can't get the golf clubs in horizontally. Otherwise loads of power combined with low running costs, build quality and comfort mean a very satisfied customer.

  • 520d SE 5dr

    Nigel Savage Date: 27/01/2012
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      42

    My car

    The Good. Well what a car it dose everything asked of it my commute is 246 miles to my office so I can easy cover 1000 miles a week and the car dose everything asked of it, a fast drive home late at night of a slow motorway crawl and you get out at the other end feeling good.

    The Bad. You need every extra going the auto box is a must, the trick suspension is a must, pro navigation, xenon’s etc etc but the price is high.

    The Ugly. I have seen more of my BMW dealer than any other car I have driven, service at 16000 miles fine, then back for rear (yes rear) break pads that only last 24000 miles but the front last for 54000 miles (what have BMW done and why?) then back for another service at 32000 miles. Yes I have a service pack but I don’t expect the rear pads to go so soon and I don't want to see my dealer just drive the car!!!! Oh yes and all the cheep aluminum trim on the door threshold will fall off, but apart from that its great to dive.

  • 520d SE 5dr

    Alan Vickery , Herts . Date: 05/07/2011
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    I bought this car as a replacement for a 530d SE Touring of the last shape. It was the best car I've owned and a superb holiday car. My complaints with it were reliability and ride quality. Whilst I haven't had the new car long enough to judge reliability, the ride quality with active suspension on 19" wheels is superb.

    Oddly, when you first get into the car it feels much bigger than the old one. You end up parking much further away from things. The rear bench splitting into three will be great for skis: they'll act as a barrier between the kids. The boot cover closes itself when you close the tailgate window or tailgate, the old one didn't.

    The adaptive headlights are much better than the same option on the old car. The auto dipping lights are spooky. The sun roof has one fixed panel (naff), whereas the old one had two tilting and sliding panels, which was cool. With the exception of the reversing camera, the other cameras aren't much use. The professional sat-nav is a must have but the integrated internet connection is slow. The Bluetooth and iPhone connectivity is brilliant but quirky. If you plug it into the USB to get album covers and track selection menus, you have to reset the Bluetooth options to use it as a wireless iPod again. Why?

    The car is a huge improvement on the old one in all areas, ride, handling, economy, refinement and speed. Its quick, handles well, takes a family with luggage and still returns fantastic economy. Overall it’s brilliant.

  • 520d SE 5dr

    Kevin Sykes , . Date: 07/05/2011
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    I purchased this car on the back of a favourable What Car review. I was looking to run an estate. My previous car was an E class saloon. The BMW has been one big disappointment. The issues are: Stereo- I purchased the middle option (Business- what a piece of c*ap)- speakers are too small to deliver a decent sound. Bass is muddy and swamps everything at higher volumes, the treble is harsh. I spend my time adjusting the tone control in the hope to find a sound I am satisfied with- without success. Drive- you feel every bump- this is not a refined comfortable drive. If you want to pretend you are racing in a go-kart this car is for you. Engine- quite and smooth. However, put power down and the engine needs written notice that you are going to do this prior to responding. Take a corner and accelaration does not respond until the steering wheel is straight. Comfort- seats do not hold you in place. You will be playing with the settings to try and get comfortable without reaching a conclusion. Performance- Quick car on a 0-60. But once you are rolling, I.e. 50-70 feels slow- lots of auto gears but doesn't feel quick to select the right one. Residual: Purchased my car for about 34K. Realised within 1K miles that it doesnt suit me. BMW offered me 27K. Not a satisfactory situation to me.

    Summary- capable enough, but no where near as comfortable or as well finished as the MB. Quicker from a standing start but engine doesn't feel as flexible. Stereo terrible

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