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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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 ones, and we strongly recommend that you do. These options transform the car, making the ride more cosseting and the handling sharper. Avoid the optional Active Steering four-wheel steering, though.
Whichever options you go for, you’ll have no problem lumping heavy loads because all Tourings come with self-levelling rear suspension.
Sure, the more powerful versions are fast, but there’s no need to punish yourself at the pumps when the 520d will deliver strong performance and impressive real-world economy. Its low CO2 output makes it a comparatively cheap company car, too.
Reader test team says:
Coming from a E91 BMW 320D touring this is a serious upgrade I think. I almost bought the 518d but I'm happy I didn't. The 520d in combination with…
Disappointment. This replaced my Volvo S60. I got a 520d F11 Auto Touring with lots of extras. Cost from Approve used was £19k. The stereo upgraded…
Lovely car to drive, well equipped but I hate the runflat tyres. They do nothing for the ride quality. The fuel economy is nowhere near the advertised…
Got this car for 4 months now. Went for the petrol because i dont do alot of miles. I must say it has been outstanding so far. The petrol engine is…