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£52,050 when new
Is this the part where you say the BMW 5 Series Touring is all the car you could ever need? No, because that is at worst a cliché, and at best never going to be accurate. Plenty of you need seven seats. Or have nowhere to park a five-metre long barge. Or like to open the roof, or go to a racetrack. There will never be a car that satisfies all folks all the time. Tell you what though, this thing gets close… Which 5 Series Touring are we talking about? The daddy. It’s £51,535 (pre-options) of 530d, which translates as twin-turbos, six diesel-fuelled cylinders, 261bhp (feels like over 300) and 457lb ft (feels like more again) This dignified, unstressed engine can only be specced in the UK with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and this one has rear-biased 4x4 ‘xDrive’ at its disposal. All of this makes prodigious torque uber-accessible. Is it fast?