Europe has always been a huge market for estate wagons, so every brand has to offer that shape besides sedan version if it want’s to play the game in a serious manner. Whole German premium trio has closely paid attention when this is concerned, giving care to wagons as much as for their saloon representatives. A new generation of 5 Series has been revealed a couple of months ago, and already we have an estate version of it in front of us. Contrary to the European market, US one has never been especially inclined to wagon shaped body, so at this moment it is unclear whether 2018 BMW 5 Series Touring is going to hit its shores also.
2018 BMW 5 Series Touring STYLING
Front of the car normally stays the same, and we do like BMW’s new vigorous approach with front fascia. Luckily same energetic style carries over with side profile and new more elegant and stylish tail. Being an estate wagon doesn’t mean it has to be boring “per se” and BMW proved that here.
Boxy and bulkier look of outgoing generation has been properly revised making this generation most handsome in 5 Series history and most aerodynamic one with just 0.27 drag coefficiency.
That is what BMW needed as Jag is preparing its view of XF with additional luggage capability and maybe Caddy decides to rejoin the game with CTS and we all know that stylish is the card that both of them is going to play on. Anyway, the new wagon from Germany is definitely in front of Merc and Audi as far as looks are concerned.
New wagon is 36 millimeters longer, 8 millimeters wider and 10 millimeters taller, while the wheelbase has been extended by 7 millimeters compared to the model that it is replacing. That ensures even more space and comfort on the inside and couple that with an impeccable, nonintrusive and primarily highly luxurious cabin with top-notch refinement and we have a hard time to resist the offer here.
Luggage space is increased only by 10 liters to 570 and by 30 liters in the case of the maximum size of 1700 liters, along with increased payload by 120 kg. These are quite tiny numbers, but due to the alluring shape, it can be easily forgiven. You can go much higher than that with Merc E-Class T-model and its 671 liters, but then, you’ll have to satisfy with the far less interesting shape. 5 Series wagon stays practical, and rear bench can be split in 40:20:40 manner while that could be controlled remotely by a button located in the cargo space.
UNDER THE HOOD
Engine lineup corresponds to the one in sedan, and that means that it is close to perfect one. Petrol options are 530i rated at 252 hp and 540i with 340 hp, while diesel units are 520d delivering 190 hp and 530d boosting 265 hp, and all of them saw the increase in power compared to the outgoing versions. 520d is the only one that comes standard with a 6-speed manual, while all other versions are offered with a standard 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission.
BMW’s all-wheel drive system or xDrive is an option with all available engines. Further to that, the new model is around 100 kg lighter than predecessor and couple this fact with twin-scroll turbochargers, VALVETRONIC VVT system with double VANOS within petrol offer, while also considering brand’s usual driving dynamics, this wagon promise much more on the road than just more luggage to take in.
WORTHY OF CONSIDERATION
Certainly. 2018 BMW 5 Series Touring is still usual BMW’s executive offer, which means, sublime quality, luxury and road manners along with decent cargo. If you couple that with new slender and extra appealing tail shape, it is more alluring than it ever was. Price is expected to be in the region of the outgoing model starting from around £33,000 ($42k) in the UK.
2018 BMW 5 Series Touring Video
|2018 BMW 5 Series Touring|
|Dimensions And Weight|
|Engine And Transmission|
|Engine type||2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine|
|Transmission||6-speed manual/8-speed Steptronic automatic|
|0-60 mph||6 sec.|
|Top speed||155 mph|
|PRICE RANGE: $42.000|
|Competitors:Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Volvo V90|