Used BMW 5-Series Touring (2010 - 2017) Comfort

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 27 Aug 2015
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For those executives seeking more practicality than the saloon can offer, the BMW 5 Series Touring (or estate in everyday speak) is BMW’s answer. It takes on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class estate and the Audi A6 Avant, and each of these estates aren’t simply a bigger, boxy version of the saloons they are based on.
4.5 out of 5

Comfort

BMW 5 Series Touring comfort levels are fantastic for a family or even four adults. The front seats are multi-adjustable with part electric adjustment for seat tilt and back support, while leg and head room in the rear is impressive. Just like the saloon the 5-Series Touring is well insulated so there is very little wind or road noise, so occupants are cocooned inside the car.

It is also fitted with self-levelling suspension that does a good job of keeping the car level and ensuring the handling isn’t compromised when carrying heavy loads.

4 out of 5

Practicality

BMW 5 Series Touring practicality is excellent. The company makes much of the practicality of the Touring. Not only is the boot bigger but thanks to the redesigned seats, bigger, bulkier items can be fitted in. The company claims a boot size of 560 litres - an increase of 60 litres over the old model. With the rear seats folded capacity increases to 1,670 and the boot has four tie-down points, a pop-out hook and both the rear tailgate and rear boot cover can open automatically.

There is a separate glass tailgate (also operates the auto boot cover) and an optional extended storage package that enables the 40/20/40 spilt rear seats to be tilted at varying angles to boost boot storage space. Roof rails and towing hook are also available.

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How does the boot space compare?

600 litres
BMW 5-Series Touring (10-17)
560 litres
493 litres
280 litres
4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

The over-riding feeling is of quality when you’re sat behind the wheel. BMW has simplified the main central console and divider so it’s quick to spot the control you need. This is because BMW has a main control (located to the right of the gearstick) that accesses all the major functions including audio, sat nav (optional), car settings and climate control.

It uses a central dial with buttons and a 7.5-inch screen to quickly access the car’s functions. It is intuitive and easy to find the main functions thanks to short-cut buttons. There are plenty of cubbies including central storage compartment and cup holders. There is also a multi-function steering wheel with remote controls for the audio and cruise functions.

There’s a remote switch to release the tailgate in the A-pillar, and the steering wheel has manual adjustment for reach and rake as standard.