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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
    3 out of 5 stars

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60 reader reviews for BMW 5 Series Touring.
  • 520d SE 5dr

    Nigel Slator , Suffolk . Date: 24/01/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I am very impressed with this car's drive, but I have had the same experience as another reviewer, with economy getting worse. Surely there is an issue here? I regularly smashed the combined figure on my 25-mile run to work in my Audi A4 TDI, but I only get into the mid 30s with this car.

    I purchased it in part to improve economy over my Audi TT, and reckon it is actually worse in some circumstances. The dealer fobbed me off when I questioned it, but I will try again.

    The handling, however, seems to make this forgivable. Build quality is OK, but not a lot more impressive than the new Passat. When Audi shift the engine back and sharpen the handling on its models, I will return to them.

    I am not sure how I feel about its looks, too. Also, the stereo lacks top-end performance and the iDrive sometimes makes hard work of simple requests, especially the centre vent control. A knob on the fascia would be a lot better. The top option is the Bluetooth phone kit.

    In summary, it is relaxed, surprisingly brisk and a pleasure to place through the corners - I just need to get the econonmy sorted. How it wangled an 18% tax band as a pre-0106 car, I will never know!

  • 520d M Sport 5dr

    Steve Wales Date: 10/01/2006
    • 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

    My car

    I am very pleased with this car, although it isn't without fault or criticism.

    During the running-in period, it regularly returned over 40mpg, and on one very careful drive over 20 miles, I even managed to top 47mpg. However, now that period is over, the fuel economy has dropped to 36mpg, and I dont drive that hard so it's a little dissapointing.

    The iDrive is unfortunately a necessary evil, because there are so many functions available, the whole dash would be a sea of buttons if the more traditional approach was used. The Pro-nav audio unit does not play MP3s, but I'm booked in to get a software upgrade to resolve this. The navigation is rather slow and has reset itself mid-journey a few times - again, hopefully the software update will sort this.

    The ride is OK, but not as good as the old 5 Series, which is due to the use of run-flat tyres - but that's not to detract from what is a very, very good car. Handling and grip are excellent, if a little twitchy for the inexperienced, but that's what makes it a driver's car and not an executive barge. The quality is very good with no nasty cabin noises (yet).

    Finally, the performance is the biggest suprise. I was worried that I would be disappointed. I'm pleased to say it performs very well; it's quick enough with plenty of mid-range shove, although it can be a little rough if you engage too high a gear when driving through town at low speeds. As a result, I don't go above third gear in town (it has a six-speed 'box).

  • 535d M Sport 5dr

    Barrie Myers , Notts . Date: 27/12/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The only problem with this car is the ride on run flat tyres, it really is very firm. The M5 does not have them and rides almost like a limousine, despite its more sporting demeanour. Why do BMW insist in fitting these tyres? The savings can't be that great.

    I have noticed that compliants have been made re fuel consumption on the 535d. May I suggest that the relevent owners check the settings on the cpu. My car exhibited what seemed to be poor consumption and after a little delving I found that the cpu was set for US gallons.

  • 530i SE 5dr

    arthur woolgar , HERTS . Date: 12/12/2005
    • 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

    My car

    I have owned my 530i Tourer Lreg from 19,000miles, untill 13,200mls it has performed almost flawlessly,apart from tyres,new radiator owing to a hose break.

    Long distance ,house in Southern France has been a real pleasure.Hauling children to boarding school no problems.

    Just at 13200 ,gear box failure reconed ok,plus drive shaft new bush.But I really have no complaints.Trying to convince myself to give up the friend I know and buy a slightly used newer version.Not easy still drives a treat.Reports on later models a bit disturbing.Will keep those interested informed. A.WOOLGAR HERTS

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