Saturday 19 August 2017

New BMW 5-series Touring revealed; Skoda go Scouting with Kodiaq

Revealed: BMW's 5-series Touring
Revealed: BMW's 5-series Touring
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Already variants of new cars that have only just gone on sale are being rolled out quick and fast. For example, BMW today reveals its new 5-series Touring.

The estate - here for the 172-reg period - is, like its recently-revealed saloon, high on technology. It will cost from €56,590 (520d SE).

It effectively has semi-autonomous driving with steering and lane control assist (up to 210kmh), Lane Keep and Change Assist, 'evasion' aid and all sorts of traffic warnings.

It is up to 100kgs lighter than the current one and with improved engines (mirroring the saloon's: 11pc better on fuel).

Marginally larger, it is 36mm longer, 8mm wider and 10mm taller with the wheelbase up 7mm. They claim there is much more head, shoulder and legroom. Importantly, it can accommodate three child seats in the rear.

These cars are bought for their mix of luxury and practicality and luggage capacity is a huge consideration. In this case it is increased to 570 litres (to 1,700 litres with the rear seats flattened).

The marque's xDrive all-wheel drive will come initially with two engine variants, BMW say. And of course there is the BMW Connected vehicle-smartphone connectivity.

Rear-axle air suspension is standard while Dynamic Damper Control, roll stabilisation, Integral Active Steering and M Sport suspension are options with xDrive.

It too gets latest-generation BMW iDrive which embraces a 10.25ins touchscreen, gesture control and natural voice commands. The new head-up display has a 70pc larger projection surface.

Meantime Skoda recently unveiled its Kodiaq Scout, an off-road-styled version of the new SUV which hasn't even gone on sale here yet.

Extended underbody protection gives the car a more muscular look as it stretches to the front and rear bumpers.

There is four-wheel drive and DSG automatic gearbox while Off-Road Assist (adjusts throttle response, diff lock, dampers) for better traction.

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