Used BMW 5 Series Touring 1996 - 2004 review

Category: Estate car

Section: Our recommendations

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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Our recommendations

Which used BMW 5 Series estate should I buy?

There's no need to spend masses of money getting a big engine for the BMW 5 Series Touring, but it is worth having the updated 170bhp 520i introduced in late summer 2000. If you're carrying substantial weight in the boot, you'll appreciate the adding pulling power.

The rest of the six-cylinder petrol engines are all fine options if you want extra poke, but we think they're nice, rather than necessary. The V8s are little more than a quick way to get to the next petrol station.

All of the diesel engines are worthy partners for the 5 Series Touring, but the old and outdated 525tds should be at the bottom of your list unless your budget is tight. We'd get the 525d instead.

Some early cars are short of toys, with no air-con, but generally you'll find most are well equipped. SE trim is the best one to look for.

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