In terms of comfort and space, there’s not much to fault in the 5 Series. However, we wish that adjustable lumbar support – which helps to ward off backache on long journeys – was a standard feature
There’s loads of adjustment to help you get comfy in the driver’s seat – even if you’re six-feet tall. Unfortunately, adjustable lumbar support – to help reduce back ache on long journeys – is a £225 option on all Touring models but you can get upgraded comfort seats with extra bolstering for £1,705.
The back seats are almost as spacious as those in front. There’s loads of leg room and the Touring’s flatter roof means there’s a touch more headroom than you’ll get in the saloon. You can get an optional panoramic glass roof to make the back seats feel even more airy but it’ll set you back a considerable £1,295.
The 5 Series Touring is better for carrying three in the back than an E-Class Estate but the rather hard central seat and large lump in the floor will make long journeys fairly uncomfortable for tall passengers in the middle.
Fitting a child seat is a breeze thanks to the 5 Series wide door openings and clearly marked Isofix anchor points. There aren’t any annoying removable covers to worry about and there’s plenty of space to lift in a bulky rear-facing seat, too.
You can even get soft-close doors that’ll make it nearly impossible to slam the doors shut – just like expensive kitchen drawers. They’ll even silently shut themselves if you don’t quite give them a hard enough shove.
You’ll find loads of handy cubby holes in the 5 Series Touring’s cabin. All four door bins are large enough to hold a large water bottle and you can squeeze a second smaller bottle in the front doors, too.
The glovebox is big enough to hold a large bottle and you get a storage bin under the front armrest for storing a few valuables out of sight. The cupholders are reasonably generous and you can get a slot under the dashboard that’ll wirelessly charge your smartphone for an extra £475.
The folding rear armrests come with two fold-out cupholders as standard but they’ll struggle to hold anything larger than a soft drinks can. There’s also a small storage tray between the front seats and a pair of aeroplane-style folding seat pockets instead of the usual netted fabric items.
Yes, the Mercedes E-Class has a bigger boot, but this Beemer will be big enough for most people in everyday use
The 5 Series Touring can carry 570-litres of luggage in the boot with all five seats in place. That’s 40 more than the 5 Series saloon but less than the 640 litres in a Mercedes E-Class Estate. It’s still big enough to easily carry a baby stroller or a few large suitcases and some soft bags, however.
The BMW’s low boot lip and wide opening make it easy to load heavy or bulky items and you can flip the rear windscreen up to quickly chuck in a few small items without opening the boot. There’s also a removable netted divider behind the back seats (handy if you have a few boisterous dogs) that’ll slot neatly under the boot floor.
You get three-way (40:20:40) split rear seats as standard so you can carry two passengers in the back and some long luggage in the boot at once. All the seats down electrically using the switches in the boot to open up a completely flat 1,700-litre load bay. It’s smaller than the 1,820-litre boot in the E-Class Estate but bigger than both the 1,680-litre A6 Avant and 1,526-litre Volvo V90. There’s more than enough room to carry a bike with its wheels attached and you get a few handy tether hooks to hold your luggage securely in place.