If you're after a well-made, good-looking, great to drive premium executive saloon car, then the BMW 5 Series is the perfect car for you. However, if you require that little bit more space and practicality - and an SUV doesn't appeal in your new family car list, then the BMW 5 Series Touring could well be the solution.
Of course, this new Touring version maintains the BMW 5 Series Saloon car's impressive characteristics, such as superb build quality, premium good looks and impressive technology. It also manages to be longer, wider and taller than its predecessor; yet weighs around 100kg less thanks to the use of aluminium within the new bodyshell.
By being lighter, this means the all-new touring is better on fuel, with engines within the range able to return over 60mpg. This is thanks to a 187bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine, along with a more potent 3.0-litre diesel engine with 261bhp also available, which incidentally can still deliver over 50mpg. For those wanting even more performance and free flowing feel, then the 3.0-litre petrol option enables a more spirited drive with 60mph dealt with in under 5 seconds. This effortless power is distributed via an 8-speed automatic gearbox, too - which is standard on all models.
With the 5 Series Touring, you're going to want to know about the vital statistics when it comes to the boot/load area. Therefore, the 5 Series Touring boot capacity has an impressive 570-litres - one of the best in class, which can increase to a colossal 1700-litres with the rear seats folded flat.
Amongst the rest of the cabin, the typical BMW class is ever present, with a fine array of leather and premium feeling interior materials. Standard kit is also excellent. This is thanks to a choice of two trim levels, comprising of the SE and M Sport. The SE acts as the entry level spec on the 5 Series Touring, whereas the M Sport is noticeably sportier looking. Expect leather, alloy wheels, heated seats, DAB, 8.8-inch touchscreen, LED headlights, parking sensors, cruise control along with automatic wipers and lights as standard, whilst the sportier M Sport gets larger alloy wheels, more aggressive body styling with gloss-black trim, various M detailing and lower much stiffer M suspension too.
Of course, impressive optional equipment is also available, with various packages available such as the comfort package which includes keyless entry, electric folding mirrors, electric memory seats and reversing camera.
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Stratstone BMW 5 Series Tourer