For The 5 Series Touring shows BMW at the top of its game. A great drive, loads of space and Efficient Dynamics make it the must-have executive estate car.
Against It’s all too easy to get carried away with the options' brochure and ramp up the price.
The BMW 5 Series Touring is the ideal solution for those who like to dash and carry. Beautifully built, superb to drive and financially unbeatable. What’s not to like?
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You buy a BMW estate as much for the way it drives as for its load-lugging abilities, which means you may want to explore the dynamic chassis options. You can add Variable Damper Control to four-cylinder models and Adaptive Drive to six-cylinder models, and we strongly recommend that you do. These options transform the car, making the ride more cosseting and the handling sharper.
Regardless, you’ll have no problem lumping heavy loads, as all Tourings come with self-leveling rear suspension.
Obviously, the more powerful petrol versions will deliver thrills, but there’s no need to punish yourself at the pumps when the 520d will deliver performance and economy.
Although it's powered by a relatively small 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, its 181bhp gives very decent performance; yet, take things easy and it'll return 55.4mpg.
If you're a company car driver, then the 520d's CO2 output of just 135g/km places it in a lowly company car tax bracket.
I have owned this car from new in September 2011 completing 16000 miles. Optional extras purchased included auto box, xenon lights, comfort seats and…
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…
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…
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…
The BMW 5 Series 520d SE is an extremely good car, even in its standard form, but you have to pick the right dynamic chassis options to turn it into a great one.