BMW boots up with new Touring
BMW has outlined details of its new 5-series Touring. The saloon is just arriving here -- but it is already moving on the Touring (estate), which is pencilled in for mid-September.
There will initially be four versions -- two petrols (523i and 535i) and two diesel models (520d and 530d). All versions have feature 40/20/40 flat-folding rear-seat backrests, and shoppers will be happy to hear that there is a luggage load cover that retracts and lowers automatically with the tailgate.
As well as that, there is a 'self-opening' rear window so you can get the smaller items on board more easily. Rear self-levelling air suspension is also standard so that handling and ride are not affected when heavy loads occupy the luggage area.
As we've come to expect at this level, automatic air conditioning is standard, as are front and rear park distance controls.
We seem to be talking a lot about the boot area, so it is no surprise that at 560 litres it has 60 more than the outgoing model. When you fold the rear seats you can avail of 1,670 litres.
BMW claims the new motor has the longest wheelbase in its class (2,968mm), with rear passengers benefiting from an additional 13mm of knee room.
Without doubt, the 520d Touring will be the big seller. The 1,995cc 4cyl diesel pumps out 184hp and has impressive pulling power (torque) figures. It's sprightly (0-100km in 8.3 seconds isn't bad), has a combined fuel consumption of 54.3mpg, and a CO2 rating of 137g/km -- that's Band C).
The straight-six turbo-charged engine 530d is a powerhouse with 245hp 0-100km in 6.4 secs), 165g/km (with automatic transmission) and an average combined consumption figure of 44.8mpg. The two straight-six petrol engines -- the 523i and the 535i -- are likely to occupy minority status.
The 520d also comes with Auto Start Stop. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard but there is the option of an eight-speed automatic transmission.