As the mad dash for sports utility vehicles and crossover types (a mix between SUVs and hatchbacks) continue, estate cars – otherwise known as station wagons – seem to have flown under the radar.
This is quite a surprise, considering the quality of the BMW 5 Series Touring. We recently took the 520d and 530d rear-wheel-drive editions for a spin.
Save for some occasional body roll, the 520d handles pretty well. Its steering is lighter compared to the 520d M Sport xDrive saloon, so much so that it feels a bit too light in the Comfort setting. Sport has the extra weight but feels rather odd in how it centers itself.
The 2.0-liter engine is quiet and smooth under normal driving conditions and has sufficient torque to still give that flexibility. If you push harder, however, it strains a little. When you hit 4000rpm, it runs out of steam.
As for the 530d, it comes with 162lb ft of additional torque (457lb ft) and better performance at mid to higher speeds. Furthermore, it sounds better while idling and maintains its composure even when revved up.
The 530d steering feels different compared to the 530d’s. While the two vehicles used the same adaptive suspension, the 530d’s larger rims and tires, and beefier 6-cylinder engine provide a firmer, better-defined helm.
Here are some of the tech highlights:
- The BMW 5 Series Touring comes with an 8.8-inch touchscreen, which you can operate using the rotary controller, touchscreen, or via gestures (e.g. you can twirl your hands in the air to raise the volume).
- You can send satellite navigation directions from your smartphone to the car by way of BMW Connected.
- The vehicle can connect to Apple CarPlay, and give you a remote 3D view around the car through your smartphone.
- A remote-control parking function.
- Semi-autonomous driving capability (i.e. the car will self-steer for short periods with speeds of up to 130mph).
BMW 5 Series Touring impressions
The BMW 5 Series Touring is spacious, comfy, refined, well built, and furnished with a considerable amount of features. It’s also crammed with awesome little details, such as:
- A wide aperture.
- A low trunk floor.
- A parcel shelf that can be placed under the trunk floor.
- Rear seats that can be folded at the press of a button.
As a whole, the 5 Series Touring provides an excellent driving experience overall, thanks to its big-car luxury feel and quiet interiors.