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What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For You'll get great load-lugging ability and a sharp drive

Against There's limited room for your rear passengers and it's expensive to maintain

Verdict It's a cheaper prospect and much better to drive than a Mercedes E-Class

Go for… 520i SE

Avoid… V8 petrols

BMW 5 Series Touring
  • 1. The boot is big, but the E-Class's and A6's are bigger
  • 2. Some early cars have no air-con, so steer clear
  • 3. The cooling system is the most likely thing to go wrong - check the engine temperature on you test drive
  • 4. Larger passengers may find the rear seats a bit tight
  • 5. On your test drive, listen carefully for thumps which could indicate worn suspension
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