BMW 5-Series Touring First Drive by AutoExpress

5-series | June 15th, 2010 by 13

The UK journalists at AutoExpress had the opportunity to test drive the new 2011 BMW 5 Series Touring. We have attended the launch event as …

The UK journalists at AutoExpress had the opportunity to test drive the new 2011 BMW 5 Series Touring. We have attended the launch event as well and our review will be up soon, but in the mean time, let’s hear their thoughts on the new 5er Touring, along with a short comparison against its main competitor: Mercedes E-Class Estate.

“When it comes to premium estate cars, outright size isn’t the be all and end all. If it was, everyone would buy the Mercedes E-Class and BMW wouldn’t bother making a new 5-Series Touring at all. But when it comes to BMWs there’s usually more than meets the eye.

Despite being marginally larger than before, with a total loading space of 1,670 litres, the new 5-Series Touring is still 280-litres down on the mighty Merc – but it’s by no means small.

BMW 5 Series Touring First Drive by AutoExpress

The BMW will still swallow a couple of mountain bikes, carry four people and their golf clubs in business class style or transport the whole family, together with baby paraphernalia, anywhere you want to go.

But is the driving experience up to scratch? For lugging loads along Snowdonia’s mountain passes, no other car comes close. There’s an abundance of grip and unflappable body control. That said the new 5 Series Touring doesn’t feel quite as involving to drive as its predecessor, although it’s still a cut above the E-Class.

BMW 5 Series Touring First Drive by AutoExpress

On the plus side the new car is much more capable at ironing out the bumps in our battered British roads. In fact the 5 Series Touring’s suspension, which includes a self-leveling pneumatic system at the rear, is the car’s most impressive asset.”

Continued at AutoExpress

  • Paul

    Seriously, how lame is it that you won’t be able to buy this car in the US, but that monstrosity, the GT will be available?

  • hari

    best best

  • kenee

    You have to be a fool to buy this when you can buy the great GT which is the true BMW not this ugly looking boring out of date stretched out van!

    • Doug

      What’s so great about it? More importantly, what’s so truly BMW about it?

  • efoza

    I agree with Kenee. The GT just has such an impressive presence and drive quality which feels like a proper BMW car. You only have to drive both cars one after the other to appreciate my point. The GT is one of BMW’s best ever acheivements and I am just so glad that they ae proceeding with the 3 GT and 6 GS.

  • Nizer

    Try putting two kids, a couple of dogs and all their stuff in the back of a 5GT for a long weekend. Natch. Thumbs up Touring. Thumbs down 5GT.

  • kenee

    With great respect Nizer, the GT is not for dogs and kids. If that is your use, I suggest you go for one of the Japanese cars

  • efoza

    Nizer’s views shows how ill-informed non-BMW experts are.

  • Rowsdower

    It’s so depressing we can’t get this. I’d take this in a 6-speed and be happy for the rest of my life. GT is hideous and pointless.

  • Rowsdower

    Kenee are you on crack? The GT is a proper BMW? Vomit. Fat, ugly, and pointless. An answer to a question no one ever asked. Touring for the win. I think Nizer is the only one here who knows a real BMW is.

  • kenee

    Rowsdower, I am not on crack. I am on something a lot better. a BMW panel of testers. I find your comments really funny and an indicator of BMW’s success. The GT was meant to provoke debate and it certainly has. It is not pointless given that it has turned the industry into thinking about the future.

  • efoza

    Rowsdower’s comments make me laugh. Go and buy a volvo

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