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BMW 5 Series Touring review

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17 May 2017 22:00 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 10:22

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

BMW 5 Series estate running costs

Broadly speaking, the 5 Series Touring is priced in line with rivals, such as the Audi A6 Avant and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate, but the Volvo V90 is a little cheaper as a cash buy. If you’re buying on a PCP deal, then the 5 Series Touring comes out a bit more expensive per month than an E-Class Estate and about the same as a V90, but cheaper than an Jaguar XF Sportbrake.

The 520d is by far the most popular version and emits from just 119g/km of CO2. That’s very similar to its rivals, making it a similarly sensible company car choice.

As long as you steer clear of the petrols, fuel economy should be good. Officially, the 520d should do 62.7mpg, but in our real-world True MPG tests we recorded a combined average of 44.9mpg; that’s still better than figures recorded by the V90 2.0 D4 and E220d. Be aware that four-wheel drive versions knock the MPG down, though.

The desirability of the BMW badge helps keep other costs low. Resale values, for example, are in line with its rivals, so private buyers will get back a decent chunk of what they paid when they sell the car, while leasing rates are competitive as well.

BMW 5 Series estate 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 moving up 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 our money.

BMW 5 Series Touring

BMW 5 Series estate reliability

Although we don’t have specific data for the current 5 Series Touring, in our latest reliability survey BMW finished mid-table in our list of 32 manufacturers, below Audi but above Mercedes-Benz.

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 estate safety and security

All versions of the 5 Series Touring 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, because the 5 Series (both the saloon and Touring) scored a maximum five stars. An E-Class narrowly betters it for adult protection, but the 5 Series in turn beats that car in child and pedestrian protection 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 Research 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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Verdict

The BMW 5 Series Touring is a superb estate car that’s refined, classy, well equipped and good to drive. It’s one of our favourites

  • Frugal and punchy diesels
  • Outstanding refinement
  • Generous standard equipment
  • Poor reliability record
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate has an even bigger boot
  • Unsettled ride on 19in alloy wheels
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