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 doesn't ride or handle particularly well unless you add the optional adjustable suspension. Talking of which, it's all too easy to get carried away with the optional extras and ramp up the price.
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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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Target Price team says:
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.
Reader test team says:
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…
Had a 520d before and just got the facelift model. The interior is only slightly changed the prof sat nav has improved and a couple bits of trim are…
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…
I have owned this car from new in September 2011 completing 16000 miles. Optional extras purchased included auto box, xenon lights, comfort seats and…