What alternatives should I consider to a used BMW 5 Series estate?
There’s also Audi’s A6 Avant which has a similar sized boot to the BMW and offers better rear seat accommodation. Equally as frugal as the BMW if not quite as good to drive, it is also available with four-wheel drive.
Volvo estates have been perennial favourites for years now and while the V70 may not have quite the executive cachet of its German rivals it’s well made, relatively commodious and very comfortable.
And if driving enjoyment is top of your list, you should also try out the Jaguar XF Sportbrake. Its interior isn’t quite built to the same standards as the BMW, but it’s an absolute hoot on a flowing back road.