Used BMW 5 Series Touring 1996 - 2004 review

Category: Estate car

Section: What is it like?

1996 - 2004 review
BMW 5 Series Touring (96 - 04)
  • BMW 5 Series Touring (96 - 04)
  • BMW 5 Series Touring (96 - 04)
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What's the used BMW 5 Series estate like?

The BMW 5 Series Touring is the smallest of the trio of German estates from this era – the gargantuan Mercedes E-Class is by far by the biggest, and the Audi A6 Avant is somewhere between. There's still plenty of room in the BMW's boot, however, and it's easy to load thanks to a low sill and a wide opening.

Once you've stuffed all of the garden rubbish in the back, you'll have the best time driving to the dump. This 5 Series Touring is almost as good as the award-winning saloon, so it's much better than the E-Class or the A6.

If you need to tackle a long journey, you could do far worse than the 5 Series, too. Its quiet, comfortable interior is spacious – up front at least – and reasonably well equipped. All of the controls are well laid out and easy to use, and visibility is very good too.