The station wagon variant of the 5 Series has been a constant value since the model was launched in 1991, and the new generation of the 5 could not part with its more practical version which, traditionally comes about half a year after the premiere of the four-door version, including, like this one, for the first time in the selection of purely electric versions with the i5 badge.
In addition to electrification, the versatile platform underpinning the G61, as it is codenamed Touring, allows for a flexibility of options including diesel, petrol and plug-in hybrid technology.
As you would expect, the design of the new 5 Series Touring is identical to the four-door version up to the second pillar, while correspondingly, the increase in dimensions and in the case of the exuberant station wagon is more than obvious, compared to the previous equivalent version.
In absolute dimensions, the version has increased, compared to the previous generation, its length by 9.7 cm to 5.06 meters, its width by 3.2 cm to 1.9 meters and its height by 1 .7 cm. in 1.515 m.
At the same time, its wheelbase has increased (+2.0 cm.) which amounts to 2.995 m. size which in the not so distant past would have corresponded to the 7 Series, as noted by BMW wanting to emphasize the practicality as well as the comfort that offers its new model.
With the above data, the new 5 Series Touring promises more space for the passengers, especially in the back seat, in all directions (lower edges, width and height), while the comfort factor is also enhanced thanks to a new, even more effective sound insulation of the passenger compartment.
Luggage space starts at 570 and goes up to 1,700 liters with the seats folded down which offer the option of 40/20/40 split folding. For convenience, the opening of the luggage compartment is even larger with a redesigned threshold for ease of loading, while the luggage door is electric and automatic.
At the same time, there is a storage space under the luggage compartment which can be used to store the charging cables in the case of the plug-in hybrid and electric versions. It should be noted that in addition to the volume of the trunk, the new 5 Series Touring also has a towing capacity of up to 2.0 tons for the conventional versions and the top electric i5 M60 xDrive and 1.5 tons for the entry-level electric i5 eDrive 40.
The top electric version M60 xDrive is equipped with two electric motors that offer movement to both axles and a combined power of 601 hp and a torque of up to 820 Nm with the activation of the overboost function via M Launch Control or M Sport Boost. As a result, the top version, despite its volume, can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds while its maximum speed is 230 km/h.
The base electric version eDrive 40 benefits from a single electric motor mounted on the rear axle offering up to 340 hp. Available torque amounts to 430 Nm with overboost and acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 6.1 seconds.
Regardless of power, the electric versions are equipped with an 81.2 kWh battery offering a range of 560 km (eDrive 40) and up to 506 km for the most powerful and four-wheel drive M60 version. The battery can be charged in both cases with a power of up to 205 kW on a DC fast charger.
As for conventional versions, all versions benefit from mild hybrid technology and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The starting point for the range is a four-cylinder diesel engine with an output of 197 hp and 400 Nm of torque available in two configurations in the 520 d and 520 d xDrive versions with two or four-wheel drive, respectively.
According to the recommendations, two more versions will follow, one with a six-cylinder diesel engine as well as two gasoline versions with plug-in hybrid technology, the 530 e and 530e xDrive with a power of 299 hp, which are expected to make their appearance from the summer.
The interior follows the same specifications as the four-door version dominated by the single Curved Display configuration that includes the 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and 14.9-inch infotainment behind a common concave screen.
σThe puzzle is completed by the sports seats, the flat lower steering wheel, while the Interaction Bar belongs to the optional equipment. Optional equipment also includes a panoramic sunroof and an 18-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system. It should be noted that in the available options there is a version called Veganza where all the materials used are subject to “vegan ethics” without missing a version with natural leather.
Standard equipment includes 18 and 19-inch wheels for the versions with electric technology (PHEV and EV), while larger ones up to 21 inches are also offered. The range of systems offered as standard include, among others, a parking assist system, trailer assist, reversing camera and maneuvering assist when reversing as well as collision avoidance during this particular procedure. The optional options include Parking Assistant Pro which allows control of parking maneuvers automatically and remotely (up to 200 m) and without the driver necessarily being inside the car. At the same time, the 5 Series Touring has semi-autonomous driving capabilities that, depending on the version and options, offer more or less corresponding capabilities.
Of course the extra options include all the usual packages of the latest BMWs (M Sport, M Sport Pro and M Carbon) giving the possibility of further personalization of the whole inside and out. As far as the frame is concerned, the available options include M Sport suspension and brakes as well as the Adaptive Chassis Pro system which consists in the presence of active and adjustable shock absorbers as well as Integral Active Steering which adjusts the steering system depending on the conditions. The list of sophisticated systems is completed by the Adaptive M Chassis Pro, which compensates for the inclinations of the body when cornering and guarantees ideal balance under pressure, and the corresponding Active Roll Comfort function, which prioritizes comfort.