Which used BMW 5 Series estate should I buy?
There’s a bewildering array of BMW 5 Series Tourings to choose from. The petrol engine range kicks off with the 520i and 528i, both of which have four cylinders, and also includes a six-cylinder 535i and the range topping 550i. At launch, there were also two short-lived six-cylinder models, the 523i and 528i.
As we’ve already discussed, however, the vast majority of cars were 520d diesels. It’s the pick of the range, offering good economy, decent performance and low running costs. If better performance is a top priority, go for the 530d, as it’s almost as fast as the 535d but notably cheaper to run.
The vast majority of cars you’ll find on the used market today will be either an SE or an M Sport version. You could also choose from two more models: Modern, which was not popular with UK buyers, and Luxury, which gives you plenty of chrome outside and wood trim inside. However, as all versions feature air conditioning, leather upholstery, Bluetooth, parking sensors front and rear, a split tailgate, cruise control and part electric seats, we’d pick the entry-level SE; the M Sport adds more aggressive styling, sports seats, larger alloy wheels and sport suspension, but these last two extras give it a stiff ride.
Facelift models feature LED front and rear lights, enhanced engines and Business Navigation on all models.
Our favourite BMW 5 Series Touring: 520d SE Touring