Used BMW 5-Series Touring (2003 - 2010) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 11 Feb 2013
4.5
Making an estate car equally practical and stylish is no easy task but the 5-Series Touring comes close. While the looks caused some controversy when the model was first introduced, the angled design has aged well but still stands out.
BMW 5-Series Touring (03-10)
Wide choice of strong yet efficient engines, good load area, great to drive, superbly built cabin
Styling still not to everyone's taste, similar-sized estates offer more boot space

New price range:

£25,835 - £52,690

Used price range:

£524 - £10,074

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4.5 out of 5

Making an estate car equally practical and stylish is no easy task but the 5-Series Touring comes close. While the looks caused some controversy when the model was first introduced, the angled design has aged well but still stands out. It comes with a usefully large luggage area too and folding down the rear seats is fairly straightforward. True other estates like the Mercedes E-Class and Volvo V70 offer more space, but the BMW is unrivalled when it comes to driver appeal and enjoyment.

In 2007 the 5-Series line-up was revised and the firm introduced the Efficient Dynamics technology to the range which brought more efficient engines with increased power - the frugal 520d is able to return an impressive 53mpg.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4.5 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

4.5 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

4.5 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

3.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 Split tail gate is brilliant - great to get a lead on a dog in busy places or to pile tons of loose stuff in. The boot is incredible. Ive carried house doors layed flat, a car engine & gearbox,...  

4 out of 5

Matthew Richardson ,   10 Dec 2014    ... read more

 The integral Dog Guard keeps the rest of the interior free for human habitation.  

5 out of 5

Anonymous ,   09 Sep 2014    ... read more

 I wanted an estate as I often carry bulky objects, and the split opening tailgate makes this even more practical.  

5 out of 5

Anonymous ,   09 Sep 2014    ... read more

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