It’s got space, class, pace and practicality. If you’re a family driver and you want or need flexible space then the 5 Series Touring really can offer it all. It’s a class car, but that doesn’t stop it being incredibly useful too.
The boot really is the size of a small cavern. Given the flexible seating you can pretty much make a space whatever size you need, whether you’re going down the tip or moving house (well, the contents of the house anyway).
Further forward the cabin is quite similar to the saloon’s which is a good thing. Everyone gets plenty of space of course, and it’s all very well equipped and built. Given the size of the estate we might go for the optional rear camera though.
Handling is excellent but, again, we’d be tempted to go for an option. In this case the adaptive dampers. They cost just under £1000 but they do make a significant contribution to enhanced comfort and ride quality. Annoying they’re not standard.
There is a good range of engines but we’d plump for the 520d because it offers the best compromise in the range. You won’t find yourself struggling to overtake in this version, even though it all feels pretty relaxed, and consumption and emission figures are good too.
At least, that’s the case in this version and a couple of others. We’d skip the smaller petrol engines as they just have to work too hard to keep things flowing along. Even so, any version is a good bet against say the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate which is beginning to show its age. An Audi A6 Avant represents a much tougher competitor however.
But if you go for the BMW choice, you might baulk at paying the price. However, if you go through a broker you can get it cheaper than list, to the tune of over £5500. That would definitely sweeten the deal and might make that adaptive suspension look like a box you can now tick.
BMW 5 Series 520d Touring SE Step Auto
The saving: £5664
The discounted price: £30,701
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