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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 5dr

    J Galletly Date: 05/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car was purchased to be a good all round family car. BMW was chosen for it's presumed quality and reliability. Unfortunately it has not lived up to the expectations. The car has been back and for to BMW for numerous electrical faults that include the fuel management system, onboard computer and Bluetooth telephone system. The car is still not in full working order and looks like this is unlikely to resolve in the near future. If you are thinking about purchasing the Bluetooth optional extra, reconsider as the compatibility list is always out of date and buying a phone that is on the list has proven impossible. The car is underpowered and does not match the fuel consumption figures that BMW claim. If I could make this decision again I would investigate the competitors in more detail and avoid buying A BMW.

  • 525d Sport 5dr

    terry hastings Date: 18/02/2008
    • Overall 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Test drove a 525D sport auto and 520D SE manual 525d a little too noisy for my liking and preferred the internal noise in the 4 valve 520.

    Ordered a 520 as a result with quite a few toys. I drive concerns me from what i have read so would like to get the owners manual 2 weeks before!!! so long as Bill Gates hasn't designed it it should be OK!!!

    Love the sapce. It is rather a shame that compared with my 7 year old Golf, the side impact technology removes alot of the room, and to get equivalent room, I have to go for the 5 series and not a 3.....

    price wise did well and got 12percent off the price... didnt go for sunroof, in my mind would be less safe than solid roof! much prefer the SE ride compared to the sport... but the 520 SE still felt power and some of the road.

    Gone for comfort seats, and a shame could get active cruise control on the 520.... and thought the head up display was a bit too far...

    Love the boot space... and the rear space... still out on that one.. awaiting ownership for a follow on review.

    I think the idrive overall is a good idea, but maybe should disable itself when not in Park.. if you cant have a phone legally, not sure its very safe choosing 135 options whilst doing the top speed of 139mph!!

  • 520d SE 5dr

    Graeme Dibb , Herts . Date: 14/12/2007
    • 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

    The car is now 2 weeks old. The choice was decided on by the incredible low tax payable despite being a £30,000 car and that I have always wanted a 5 Series and felt that the new 177bhp diesel engine gave the car a decent amount of performance. I burnt my fingers many years ago with a BMW 5 series 1800cc. Colour choice black with cream interior. Fit and finish excellant, ride very good except on poor roads.

    Great cruiser on the motorway and sharp handling on the back roads. Interior space accomodates the 2 children and all associated bits and pieces with ease. Engine still tight but managed 46mpg between London and Banbury.

    Only downside is the 'I Drive'. I have figured it out but it is irksome and some actions dangerous i.e changing which CD you want whilst driving requires the I Drive to be used.

    I suggest BMW go back to a few switches and less options which are not required. Overall a great car which looks good, handles well, is economical and I pay less tax to the government than on my old A6 1.9 SE Advant.

    Time will tell in regards to reliability.

  • 530d M Sport 5dr

    Michael Barnard , Bucks . Date: 06/09/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    After switching for a few years from BMW to Jaguar and then Audi, I'm back to BMW again. Drive better than Audi. Quality better than Jaguar.

    This 530d M Sport is the best car I've owned to date. Couple of early niggles with electrics but no major issues so far (bought new Nov 06, 25k miles to date).

    The drive is outstanding. Precise, with great feel, and strong performance. Acceleration better than previous 3-litre petrol Jag. No lag on auto box when pulling away. Turbo response comes quickly and is well mannered.

    Ride comfort is also good, despite run flat tyres. From what I'd read, I was expecting a poor ride, but ride on BMW is better than previous Audi A6.

    Interior is much better than Jag. Quality plastics that feel great to touch. i-drive very straight-forward as well for anyone who's used to using a computer.

    Would I buy another? In an instant.

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