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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
12 reader reviews for BMW 5 Series Touring.
  • 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.

  • 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.

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