What's the used BMW 5 Series estate like?
BMW has always had a knack of making its estate (or ‘Touring’ in BMW parlance) models rakishly good looking and that’s certainly the case with the fourth generation of 5 Series Touring. Not only is it good-looking, but it oozes executive quality, and most models are fully equipped with all the latest technology, too.
You could be forgiven for thinking that BMW’s old ‘Ultimate Driving Machine’ slogan wouldn’t apply to its estate models, but the 5 Series Touring really is equally as happy fully laden pounding the motorways as it is on a favourite back road – although it must be said that examples equipped with the optional ‘Variable Damper Control’ (or ‘VDC’) are a whole heap more exciting in the latter case than those without.
The 5 Series Touring is up against some stiff competition in the form of the Audi A6 Avant and the Mercedes E-Class Estate; if you want the ultimate load carrier then the Mercedes beats both the BMW and the Audi with a boot that’s considerably larger with the rear seats up. Despite its size, the 5 Series also doesn’t offer class-leading legroom for rear seat passengers.
A facelift in 2013 brought improved equipment levels and some better engines, with all post-facelift models also meeting the Euro 6 emissions standard. Whichever age you choose, though, the large range of petrol and diesel engines and plentiful supply means there really is a 5 Series Touring to suit everyone.