The BMW 5 Series Touring is quiet, smooth, classy, comfortable and well equipped. It’s also very practical, although it can't quite match the enormous boot that you get with a Mercedes E-Class Estate.get the best price
Trim: M Sport
Hugely popular thanks to its sportier looks – inside and out – and bigger alloy wheels. However, you also get stiffer suspension that does nothing for ride comfort. SE trim is better value and is where our money would go.
Engine: 520d MHT xDrive
This may be the entry point to the 5 Series range, but with mild-hybrid tech it has the best balance of performance (0-62mph takes 7.5sec) and running costs (114 g/km CO2 and 53.3mpg). It's also pretty refined and comes with BMW's excellent automatic gearbox as standard. Four-wheel drive is an optional extra.
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