BMW 5-Series Touring announcedNew executive estate more practical than ever
16 March 2010
BMW will launch a Touring estate version of its new 5 Series in September this year – with Volvo-beating practicality.
The new load-lugging 5 Series has a total boot capacity of 1,670 litres. This is a full 70 litres more than perhaps the defining estate car, the Volvo V70. It is also 60 litres bigger than the old car.
BMW claims much more attention to detail has gone into the fourth-generation 5 Series Touring. This makes it the firm’s most practical executive estate yet – and the smart detail features stretch to multiple folding operations for the rear seat.
Load space practicality
As an option, the rear seat offers backrest angle adjustability. This means the seats-up boot capacity can be extended from an already decent 560 litres up to a maximum of 590 litres. Depending, we’d imagine, on how ‘upright’ rear passengers are happy to be sat.
Levers in the boot allow conventional 60:40 split-folding of the backrests, but they can also be lowered in a 40:20:40 layout. This helps accommodate longer loads of multiple shapes and sizes.
They can be heavy loads, too. The maximum payload of 650kg can be fully utilised as all models get standard pneumatic self-leveling suspension.
This ensures that the rear end of the car will not sag – and will also be a bonus to those who tow.
The boot has an electric tailgate option, and the tailgate glass opens independently for easier access. BMW claims the opening is wider than ever before, because it has used a new type of boot hinge that is integrated into the roof panel, rather than the sides.
Even the parcel shelf is clever. Sensors in the rear pillars slide it back automatically when the boot is opened. Better still, they slide it back when the lid is closed, too.
Shared eco engines with saloon
The estate uses the same engines as the BMW 5 Series saloon. Top seller will probably be the 184bhp 520d, which averages 54.3mpg and emits a low 137g/km of CO2. This comes as standard with a 6-speed manual gearbox. An 8-speed automatic is an option.
More power and smoothness is available from the 6-cylinder 245bhp 530d, while the 204bhp 523i and twin-turbo 306bhp 535i are the petrol alternatives.
Prices appear competitive. BMW will launch the 5 Series Touring in 520d guise for £30,380 – an on-the-road figure that includes leather seats as standard.
The UK is the third largest market for 5 Series Tourings, so it will be an important new arrival when it is launched in showrooms this September.
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