What could possibly top a BMW 5 Series? After all, we championed it as our 2017 What Car? Car of the Year. How about a 5 Series with an even bigger boot: the BMW 5 Series Touring, then? The theory goes it’ll bestow upon you the same driving panache and luxury as the saloon but with enough space in the back to take your dog along for the ride, too.
The Touring features many of the same engines, the same plush interior and the same abundance of fancy gizmos that makes the saloon a winner, but does that guarantee it’s the best premium estate car you can buy? Not necessarily: being an estate it needs to have that practical side covered, too.
So does it, or should you pick from the plethora of other deluxe wagons on the market instead? Read on and we’ll furnish you with all there is to know about the 5 Series Touring, and how it measures against its rivals including the Audi A6 Avant, the Mercedes E-Class Estate and the Volvo V90.