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New BMW 5 Series Touring vs Mercedes E-Class Estate vs Volvo V90

Plush estates make great family cars, with the latest to join the club the new BMW 5 Series Touring. But how does it compare to its two most competitive rivals?

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Boot space

It’s nip and tuck between the 5 Series and the E-Class for boot space. Both can easily swallow eight carry-on suitcases in their main boot area (below the tonneau covers), while the V90 only just achieves that feat. However, there’s a great trough under the E-Class’s boot fl oor that fi ts the winning ninth case or, if you’d prefer, for an extra Β£1220, a couple of extra seats, making it the only car here with the potential to seat seven. The 5 Series gets two underfloor storage compartments, but they’re much shallower than those in the E-Class, while the space under the V90’s floor is shallower still.

All three cars let you fold down their rear seats at the touch of a button. These are split 40/20/40 in the 5 Series and the E-Class, while the V90’s are less usefully divided 60/40. In each of our protagonists, the rear seats lie almost fl at once folded, leaving a vast acreage between the lipless boot openings and the backs of the front seats.

BMW 5 Series Touring

The widest in the front, while rear head and leg room are good. Boot is the widest and tallest here and, like the other two, has a flush lip. Two underfloor storage areas are deep enough to hold laptop bags.

Boot 570-1700 litres Suitcases 8

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

Takes eight suitcases and can fit a ninth in the deep underfloor area, which also contains a fold-up crate. All three cars have buttons in the boot to fold the seats; the E-Class has them by the rear side doors, too.

Boot 640-1820 litres Suitcases 9

Volvo V90

Easily the best rear seats, with a vast amount of leg room. Eight suitcases squeeze into the boot, but it’s still the smallest here. There’s a pop-up divider in the Β¬ oor to stop things sliding about.

Boot 560-1526 litres Suitcases 8

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