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Car of the Year Awards 2021: Best estate car interior

While estates lack the fashionable status of SUVs, they’re more practical. But an estate also needs to be a pleasure to spend time in, and easy to live with beyond the simple virtue of space...

If you’re after the classiest and most comfortable interior of any big estate, the chances are that you need a car for high mileage as well as heavy duties. Well, none will soothe through the commute and the family ski trip quite like the all-round brilliant BMW 5 Series Touring – especially in our favoured 520d SE guise, which is great value as well as an efficient and sophisticated drive.

Its beautifully finished, effortlessly comfortable interior is on point for aesthetics, technology and layout, showing engineering precision as much as design flair.

BMW 5 Series Touring interior dashboard

The user-friendly and feature-filled infotainment system is a big part of why we favour the BMW over rivals such as the Audi A6 Avant, Mercedes E-Class Estate and Volvo V90. The standard 12.3in screen includes sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and can be accessed using the touchscreen or the useful dial controller and shortcut buttons. 

With all that plus a boot that’ll take eight carry-on suitcases, the 520d Touring is as ruthlessly practical as it is luxurious.

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