Broadly speaking, the BMW 5 Series Touring is priced in line with its closest rivals, the Audi A6 Avant and Mercedes E-Class Estate. The 520d (2.0-litre diesel) is by far the most popular version and emits from just 114g/km of CO2, making it a great value company car. Mind you, the rival Mercedes E 220 d Estate is even more efficient.
As long as you steer clear of the petrols, fuel economy should be good, too. Every diesel engine is impressively frugal, but again it’s the 520d that really stands out - officially, it can manage 62.7mpg.
The desirability of the BMW badge helps keep other costs down, too. Resale values are reasonable, so private buyers will get back a decent chunk of what they paid for the car when they sell it, and leasing rates are competitive.
BMW 5 Series Touring equipment
Entry-level SE trim gives you everything from leather seats, and climate control, to sat-nav, front and rear parking sensors and LED headlights. Not to mention a long list of advanced safety aids and the practical touches in the boot. To be honest, there isn’t much point straying to the next level.
If you do, M Sport models come with larger alloy wheels and more aggressive M-Sport styling inside and out. But, again, given SE trim is so well equipped and more comfortable, we’d save your money.
BMW 5 Series Touring reliability
Unfortunately, while everything you look at and touch in the current 5 Series is seriously swish, the reliability news from owners of the previous generation model isn’t so good. The previous 5 Series saloon (’09-16) finished way down the list in our latest reliability survey, so we can only hope this latest version proves notably more dependable.
Mind you, Audi and Mercedes didn’t exactly excel in our latest reliability survey, either. Thankfully, all 5 Series Tourings come with a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, which is similar to the cover provided by most rivals.
BMW 5 Series Touring safety & security
All Tourings come with a minimum of six airbags and a host of electronic driver aids, including stability control. Automatic emergency braking, with pedestrian detection, is also standard, to reduce the chances of you accidently running into the car in front.
Optional safety kit includes lane-departure warning, automatic high-beam assist for the headlights, a driver fatigue detection and speed limit recognition. We’d recommend considering the Driving Assistant option, which bundles together all of the key active safety aids for a very reasonable price.
Euro NCAP obviously thought this was all good stuff, as together with its crash test results the 5 Series saloon scored a maximum five stars. An E-Class narrowly betters it for adult protection, but the 5 Series beat it in its child and pedestrian scores.
An alarm, engine immobiliser, deadlocks (which prevent a door being opened, even if the window is smashed) and locking wheel nuts are fitted to every 5 Series to ward off thieves. Security experts Thatcham awarded the car five out of five for its resistance to being stolen, and four out of five for its resistance to being broken into.
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Entry-level SE trim gives you everything from leather seats, and climate control, to sat-nav, front and rear parking sensors and LED headlights. Not to mention a long list of advanced safety aids and the practical touches in the boot.
Comes with larger alloy wheels and more aggressive M-Sport styling inside and out. Given SE trim is so well equipped and more comfortable, we’d save your money.