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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.

BMW 5 Series Touring
55 5stars

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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There are 29 BMW 5 Series versions available

Touring 518d SE 5dr £32,590
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 520d SE 5dr £34,290
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 518d Modern 5dr £34,720
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 520i SE 5dr £35,365
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Touring 518d Luxury 5dr £35,390
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 518d M Sport 5dr £35,390
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 520d Modern 5dr £36,420
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 520d Luxury 5dr £37,090
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 520d M Sport 5dr £37,090
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 520i Modern 5dr £37,365
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Touring 520i Luxury 5dr £38,165
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Touring 520i M Sport 5dr £38,165
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Touring 528i SE 5dr £38,895
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Touring 525d SE 5dr £39,310
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 528i Modern 5dr £39,895
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Touring 525d Modern 5dr £41,325
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 528i Luxury 5dr £41,730
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Touring 528i M Sport 5dr £41,730
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Touring 525d Luxury 5dr £42,125
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 525d M Sport 5dr £42,125
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Touring 530d SE 5dr £43,380
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 530d Luxury 5dr £46,195
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 530d M Sport 5dr £46,195
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 535i Luxury 5dr £46,940
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Touring 535i M Sport 5dr £46,940
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Touring 535d Luxury 5dr £50,845
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 535d M Sport 5dr £50,845
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Touring 550i Luxury 5dr £60,085
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Touring 550i M Sport 5dr £60,235
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

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:

BMW 5 Series Touring 520i M Sport 5dr

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…

len chan

4 out of 5 stars

BMW 5 Series Touring 520d SE 5dr

I received the car in January 2014 having looked at the competition in depth previously and concluded the 530d is the best all round model. The 530d…

Stephen Howe

4 out of 5 stars

BMW 5 Series Touring 520d SE 5dr

I took delivery of my new 530d M Sport Touring six weeks ago and quite frankly I'm amazed by the experience. This is my fifth 5 series which have…

Dennis Henry

5 out of 5 stars

BMW 5 Series Touring 520d SE 5dr

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…

Rob Slater

3 out of 5 stars
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