The Touring's boot is a good square shape and with a 570-litre capacity (with the rear seats in place) it’s marginally larger than the A6 Avant's and V90's. There’s also some extra luggage space under the boot floor, big enough for shallower items such as laptop bags. Even so, it’s still quite a bit smaller than ‘the king of boots,’ the Mercedes E-Class.
To prove that particular point we attempted to see how many carry-on travel cases we could fit in the rear of both: the 5 Series Touring managed eight, while the E-Class trumped that with nine.
With the rear seats folded down you get a long, flat extended load bay all the way through to the front seats, and the boot floor comes flush to the tailgate opening so there’s no lip to lift heavy items over.
It’s got some neat features as well, such as the standard powered tailgate that automatically retracts the tonneau cover as it opens. And you know those occasions when you’ve reversed so close to a wall that you can’t open the tailgate? Well, in the 5 Series you can open just the hinged rear window to gain easier access to the boot.
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