BMW 5 Series Touring review


What is?

Do you even need to ask what it is? This is BMW’s greatest domain. As big as just about any and freshened up after a 2020 facelift with a sharper look, a wider and taller grille (obviously), added electrification, more active safety systems and an even more premium interior.

For the BMW chassis code nerds among us, the sedan is the G30 and this Touring is the G31.

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Fantastic thing, right?

It’s not fair? Estate bit first. The stretched roof leads to an integral spoiler. As with most BMW trucks, you can open the rear windscreen while leaving the main trunk closed, which is handy simply for inserting or retrieving light items. At almost five meters in length, it is certainly also a remarkable domain.

There’s a choice of SE or M Sport trim levels in the UK, with M Sport bringing bigger wheels, a sharper front end and a sportier rear bumper in terms of exterior changes.

As with the sedan, the body uses a lot of aluminum in its skin and a thick magnesium cross member underneath. The rest of the structure is made of high-resistance steel. The suspension, seats, brakes and other parts are the same weight-saving components used in the sedan and the current 7 Series. Overall, it’s around 100kg lighter than the previous generation 5 Touring.

Tell me about the engines…

We’ll keep things UK-focused here, as Germany and the rest of Europe are a different ballgame, according to BMW.

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Diesel engines come in the form of 520d four-cylinder and 530d six-cylinder. The former can be offered with rear or four-wheel drive, while the latter only comes with BMW’s xDrive system.

If you want gas, the rear-wheel-only 520i four-cylinder is your entry point into the 5 Series Touring lineup, while the big six-cylinder 540i xDrive is much more performance-oriented.

All of these combustion-engined Tourings get 48V mild-hybrid tech these days, but you can also have a 530e plug-in hybrid with rear or four-wheel drive. With that, you’ll find an 11.15 kWh battery connected to a four-cylinder petrol engine for a combined 288 hp and 32-34 miles of electric range on the WLTP cycle.

Our choice of the range.

BMW 5 Series Touring
540i xDrive M Sport automatic 5-door

What’s the verdict?

The new 5 Series is as fun to drive as BMW’s face, but it’s as refined and luxurious as a Mercedes E-Class.

You have to get up early in the morning to find fault here. The new 5 Series is as good to drive as BMW looks (and better than it usually is). And yet it is as refined and sumptuous as a Mercedes E-Class. The Touring version leaves little room for the saloon in its dynamics.

It doesn’t just look practical either. There really is a lot of useful space inside this silhouette, although a little less if you opt for the PHEV. Unless you want to look like a Frankfurt banker, we don’t see why you’d limit yourself to the four-door.

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