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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:BMW 5 Series Touring

Best in class
Overall verdict
Not as long as the outgoing Merc E, but this is the best large estate car on sale.


Spacious, sporty, refined, desirable, well built


Expensive at first and then again when you option it up


What is it?

One the all-time greats in every age of its existence, the 5-Series Touring seems to have a finger firmly in every pie, with great chassis dynamics, immense carrying ability, superb comfort and wonderful engines. And for the current model those dubious looks have been replaced by something far more svelte, understated and enduring. It’s a wonder sometimes that everyone else doesn’t just pack up and head off home. Latest facelift added new trims and standard sat-nav to please business users. 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
540i xDrive M Sport 5dr Auto
5.1s 172g/km 37.6 340 £51,905
The cheapest
520d SE 5dr Auto
7.8s 114g/km 65.6 190 £38,170
The greenest
520d SE 5dr Auto
7.8s 114g/km 65.6 190 £38,170
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