There is a good selection of diesel engines on offer, starting with a 2.0-litre diesel that powers the 535d. It packs a punch, can get you from a standstill to 62mph in 5.4 seconds, and is good for 49.6mpg.
There are a handful of petrol engines to choose from, too. The petrol range kicks off with the 528i model that is performative and reasonably economical, with fuel economy returns averaging 44.1mpg. However, the turbocharged 3.0-litre 302bhp unit is more potent. It’s paired up with the 535i, and covers the 0-62 dash in 5.8 seconds without any fuss.
Whichever model you go for, you’ll get a car that’s just as sharp as the saloon – despite the larger boot. To get the best out of how it handles, though, you will to go for the pricier models and add a few choice extras.
And like the saloon from which it’s derived, the 5 Series Touring SUV is comfortable. The cabin is minimalist and well put together, with top-notch materials forming the dash along with some high quality finishes. The interior is a good rival to the one in the Audi, but gets the bonus of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system which, as infotainment systems go in 2017, is different class. You can get a useful head-up display too for more cash.
It was impossible for BMW not to make their 5 Series Estate one of the most practical cars around. The saloon was already more useful than your a swiss army knife, and all BMW had to do was add to it. As such, you get a whopping 560-litres boot space, which can be extended to 1,670 by folding down the rear seats.
Interior space is also very good, with the two front-seat occupants getting acres of room in which to get comfy. Access to the back seats is easy, thanks to big doors, and the car comes with IXOFIX mounting points. We also like the fact that the back sats can backrest and seat-height adjustment.
BMW – £33,300 – £51,300