BMW 5 Series Touring (2017-present)

Handsome, spacious and better to drive than an SUV, the largest BMW estate is one of the best upmarket load luggers money can buy

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Good to drive
Spacious cabin
Large boot with clever tailgate

Weaknesses 

Mercedes E-Class estate larger still
No hybrid or plug-in version
Cost of active safety features
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BMW 5 Series Touring 540i xdrive m sport 5dr auto [tech/plus pack]

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Some cars are hugely practical, but big and unwieldy to drive. Others are sturdy and built to last, but feel as luxurious as a shipping container. The real challenge is to produce a car that manages to be big and sturdy but also enjoyable to drive and upmarket inside. And it's this impressive feat that the BMW 5 Series Touring manages to achieve.

The 5 Series has long been the benchmark by which other large, comfortable cars are judged, and the current Touring version – BMW’s term for the estate – is no exception. The 5 Series Touring is well worth considering if you want a little more cargo space than you’d find in a large saloon. Equally, if you drive a high-riding SUV, you may just miss the feeling of being connected to the road, and in this respect cars like the 5 Series Touring deliver a subtly superior driving experience.

Needless to say, there is no shortage of competition. The Audi A6 Avant, Jaguar XF Sportbrake, Mercedes E-Class Estate and Volvo V90 are all vying for your luggage set, child seats, bicycles, four-legged friends, furniture or whatever else you choose to throw at them.

The BMW 5 Series Touring range costs from roughly £40,000 to well over £55,000 new, though used models are available from not much more than £20,000. Depending on your budget, you'll have a choice of petrol or diesel engines, but sadly the plug-in hybrid which has proved so popular in the 5 Series saloon - especially with those wanting an alternative to diesel and company car drivers looking to reduce their benefit-in-kind tax bills - is not available. That’s our biggest criticism of the car, or rather, BMW’s positioning of it.

The interior is kitted out with the latest version of BMW’s 'iDrive' software, with a rotary controller down by the gearstick for the 10.3-inch media system - plus touchscreen controls - for functions including media, sat-nav and phone elements. It can be operated in much the same way as a smartphone, as it responds to swiping fingers, voice commands or even gestures made with your fingers – although you’ll have to pay an extra £160 for the latter. If you prefer, there’s also the plain-old fashioned rotary controller, which is far less distracting to use while driving.

As standard, BMW includes its ConnectedDrive suite of services which take the humble family car a step closer to being integrated with nearly every aspect of your work life and home life. These comprise a smartphone app, online 'concierge service', remote control parking (using the key when outside the car), wireless Apple CarPlay and use of Microsoft Office 365 to enable access to email and your calendar.

In addition to the impressive gadgets and gizmos, BMW gets the fundamentals right with the 5 Series Touring. The cabin is beautifully made, there are plenty of places to store wallets, keys, phones and drinks, the seats are very comfortable and much attention has been paid to ensuring the car is quiet on the move.

Four adults will fit very comfortably in the cabin, but with three adults across the rear seat, it’s slightly more cosy. There are a pair of Isofix attachment points for child seats in the back, you get ventilation ducts and controls in the back (with the option of four-zone climate control) and even the back outer seats can be heated (a £325 option).

At the business end of the Touring, there’s a clever tailgate that some might be tempted to dismiss as a gimmick but we suspect all owners would soon come to appreciate its versatility. The rear windscreen opens by itself; so for example, you can pass in a bag or three of shopping and place them on top of something big and heavy that’s already been loaded. Alternatively, the electrically-powered tailgate will rise out of the way and close itself, operating the luggage cover at the same time.

The boot holds 570 litres of luggage, which is good for this class of estate, and as you’d expect the rear seatbacks can be lowered at the touch of a button, while the three-part split/fold arrangement of is handy.

We continue to remain impressed by the driving experience that the BMW 5 Series Touring provides. It steers accurately, feels poised and responsive and the ride comfort is good if you specify your car wisely - avoid the M Sport suspension and run-flat tyres, or stretch to the optional adaptive dampers (a £985 option). Four-wheel drive, known as xDrive, is available on the 540i petrol and 520d and 530d diesel models.

Naturally these days, any car that professes to be advanced comes with a wide range of active safety systems. This one is no exception – but you’ll have to pay a substantial premium for most of them. For example, Driving Assistant Plus costs £2,250, but for that you get active cruise control with a stop and go function, crossing traffic warning, a lane-keeping and changing assistant and even an evasion aid that helps steer around approaching hazards.

Last Updated 

Monday, October 7, 2019 - 12:15

Key facts 

Warranty: 
Three years/60,000 miles
Width: 
2126mm
Height: 
1464mm
Length: 
4,942mm
Boot space: 
570/1,700 litres
Tax: 
£170-£855 in the first year, £140 or £460 thereafter

Best BMW 5 Series for... 

BMW 520d SE
Able to return as much as 48mpg, the 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel is the engine to plump for if you want to make every tank of fuel last as many miles as possible.
BMW 520d SE
Because it’s both frugal and powerful enough to cope with almost all driving conditions, we’d say the 520d SE version is all you’ll need from a Touring.
BMW 540i xDrive M Sport
The 540i petrol might be only slightly faster than the 530d over the 0-62mph sprint - taking just 4.9 seconds - but we reckon the gap widens in all other scenarios. As standard it features four-wheel drive for assured roadholding.

BMW 5 Series History 

  • June 2017 New-generation 5 Series Touring goes on sale

Understanding BMW 5 Series car names 

  • 5 Series
  • Engine
    520d
  • Trim
    SE
  • Driven wheels
    xDrive
  • Engine
    Petrol engines are designated with an ‘i’, diesels have a ‘d’. There are both 2.0-litre, four-cylinder and 3.0-litre, six-cylinder engines in the diesel and petrol ranges.
  • Trim
    There are two trim levels – SE and M Sport – with the latter being slightly more expensive, and featuring firmer suspension.
  • Driven wheels
    Four-wheel drive is available as an option on 520d, 530d and 540i models and is branded as xDrive.

BMW 5 Series Engines 

Petrol: 530i, 540i Diesel: 520d, 530d

Unlike the saloon version of the 5 Series, BMW doesn’t offer a plug-in hybrid option with the Touring. That’s a shame because it restricts choice, for company car drivers in particular.
As it is, the entry-level 520d diesel engine is the most popular unit, and it’s a solid starting point that shouldn’t disappoint. The 2.0-litre unit has 190hp and is able to power the Touring from 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds. Of more significance is the fuel economy; 47.9mpg is possible, and the CO2 emissions are as low as 121g/km.

For more thrust and a little more refinement, you’ll need to upgrade to a 530d. This 3.0-litre, six-cylinder diesel can return up to 43.5mpg, and emits at least 140g/km. It gets from 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds. Four-wheel drive is available as an option on both diesel engines - but bear in mid that fuel economy will suffer slightly - and like every model, they come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

In the petrol range, there are two versions of the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine. The 520i offers 184hp and can accelerate from 0-62mph in 8.2 seconds, while the 530i manages 252hp and 6.5 seconds – a significant increase. The economy for both is not too far apart (see table, below) while the CO2 emissions are the same.

For a serious kick in the back when accelerating, there is the 540i Touring. Offered exclusively with xDrive four-wheel drive, it is a 340hp powerhouse that can go from 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds. However, fuel economy drops to as low as 30mpg.

Model

Fuel

Economy

Power

0-62mph

Top Speed

520d

Diesel

43.5 – 47.9mpg

190hp

7.8 secs

139mph

520d xDrive

Diesel

42.2 – 46.3mpg

190hp

7.9 secs

137mph

530d

Diesel

40.9 – 42.2mpg

265hp

5.8 secs

155mph

530d xDrive

Diesel

37.7 – 41.5mpg

265hp

5.6 secs

155mph

520i

Petrol

34.9 – 39.2mpg

184hp

8.2 secs

139mph

530i 

Petrol

34 – 36.7mpg

252hp

6.5 secs

155mph

540i xDrive

Petrol

30.1 – 31.4mpg

340hp

4.9 secs

155mph

BMW 5 Series Trims 

SE and M Sport

There isn’t a great deal of difference between the levels of standard equipment of the SE and M Sport trims. The latter is all about giving the car a more sporty feel, which is achieved through a combination of cosmetic and mechanical changes.

Those changes include the addition of a unique style of 18 or 19-inch alloy wheel, firmer uprated suspension, larger brakes (for the 530i, 540i and 530d) and various body styling parts, as well as some different interior trim, pedals and steering wheel.

All models come reasonably equipped. There’s dual-zone air conditioning, an automatic luggage cover, Bluetooth with voice control, BMW’s Live Cockpit and a Connected Package (with navigation and Apple CarPlay), cruise control, variable drive modes, parking sensors, heated front seats and automatic lights and wipers.

A host of optional packages could add many more thousands of pounds to the cost of any Touring, should you get carried away. We’d like to see more safety equipment fitted as standard; having to pay £895 or £2,250 for the respective safety packs to have features that are fitted to less expensive cars is far from pleasing.

BMW 5 Series Reliability and warranty 

The new 5 Series has improved BMW’s standing in ratings such as the Auto Express Driver Power Survey, taking it from 55th for the previous generation to 36th overall. It was ahead of its class competitors, too.

BMW offers a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty that is similar to its rivals in the premium market.

Used BMW 5 Series 

You can find this generation of 5 Series Touring for sale from as little as £18,000, which will be from 2017. Spend somewhere around £24,000 and you’ll be able to afford a relatively low mileage, 2018 model, with not as much difference in price between the 520d and 530d models. The diesels are by far the more widely available versions; petrols are comparatively rare and cost more

BMW 5 Series Prices

BMW 5 Series M Sport

520d mht m sport 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

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520d mht m sport 5dr auto [plus pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

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520d mht m sport 5dr auto [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

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520d mht m sport 5dr auto [tech/plus pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

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520d mht xdrive m sport 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

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520d mht xdrive m sport 5dr auto [plus pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

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  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

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520d mht xdrive m sport 5dr auto[tec/plus pk]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

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520i m sport 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 45.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

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520i m sport 5dr auto [plus pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 45.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

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  • Fuel petrol
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  • Gears automatic

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  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 45.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

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530d m sport 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 56.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

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530d m sport 5dr auto [plus pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

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  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
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  • Gears automatic

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530d m sport 5dr auto [tech/plus pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

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530d xdrive m sport 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 51.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

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530d xdrive m sport 5dr auto [plus pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

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530d xdrive m sport 5dr auto [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

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530d xdrive m sport 5dr auto [tech/plus pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

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530i m sport 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 46.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

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  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 45.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

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  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 45.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

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  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 45.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

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540i xdrive m sport 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 37.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

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540i xdrive m sport 5dr auto [plus pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 35.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

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  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 35.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

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540i xdrive m sport 5dr auto [tech/plus pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 35.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

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BMW 5 Series SE

520d mht se 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £33,907

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520d mht xdrive se 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

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520i se 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

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530d se 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 56.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

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530d xdrive se 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 51.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

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530i se 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 46.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £34,568

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540i xdrive se 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 37.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

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