2019 BMW 5 Series Touring Review | Asian Car Guide
December 12, 2019

2019 BMW 5 Series Touring Review

2019 bmw 5 series touring

I am a great fan of station wagons like the BMW 530i Touring I drove. Estates are cool, practical and make better daily cars than their saloon counterparts.

The 5-Series touring costs $6,600 more than its sedan sibling. Unlike in Europe, however, wagons are considered niche models here.

Maybe conservative motorists find their shape too similar commercial vans?

Regardless, BMW has re-entered the local estate segment with the Touring version of its very popular 5 Series.

This body style will never be a volume seller – in Australia powertrain options are limited to four-cylinder petrol or diesel engine.

The sporty, dignified demeanour of the saloon is retained, but with an added dimension of elegance. That long sloping roof enhances the dominant shoulder lines and slightly bulging fenders.

In short, the 5 wagon definitely has even more road presence than the 5 saloon.

2019 bmw 5 series touring interiorStandard equipment for the well-made 530i Touring includes:

  • Head-up display
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Premium sound system with multimedia connectivity
  • Satellite navigation
  • Rear view camera

BMW Park Assist (automated parallel parking) is also available.

Luxury Line pack includes four-zone climate control, leather trim with heated, ventilated seats, powered tailgate – activated either by key fob or sweeping foot under rear bumper.

Rear headroom remains adequate despite the sloping roofline, however, like most BMWs; the rear seat cushion is set rather low.

One advantage of the Touring is that rear seat-backs offer versatile 40:20:40 split and are adjustable up to 11 degrees

Wagons have to earn their keep as practical vehicles and the Touring delivers. With all seats in place 570-litre luggage capacity is 40 litres up on the saloon.

Folding rear seats down, load space expands to a whopping 1,700 litres!

Under the floor is “secret storage” with a lid supported by hydraulic strut. Bags, cameras, personal items, even boxes of jewellery can be safely stored “underneath”, away from prying eyes of valet drivers, for instance.

The BMW 530i Touring Luxury Line is comfortable, elegant and well-equipped.

A neat party trick is the two-stage tailgate opening. One remote control switch opens the rear windscreen for loading and unloading small items; press another and the whole tailgate opens.

The main hatch can close automatically, but the glass screen has to be shut manually.

Unfortunately, the shape of the boot compartment is not golfer-friendly, so golf bags have to be transported diagonally. Maybe Germans are not into the game of golf?

In any case, parallel rails with hooks for nets keep boot contents in place on quick touring trips.

The 530i Touring is lively, thanks to its highly respected 2-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine’s output of 185kW and 350Nm.

It does the century sprint in just 6.5 seconds, speedy indeed for a full-size estate.

It weighs in at an impressive 1,596 kilograms (about 400 kilos less than the BMW X5).

Even more impressive is the manner in which performance is delivered. The sweet 4-cylinder is refined when cruising and effortlessly smooth when extended, with sporty notes emanating from both engine and exhaust.

When driven enthusiastically over twisty road sections, there is no discernible difference in handling between wagon and saloon, although the latter has a slight edge in fast lane manoeuvres.

2019 bmw 5 series touring side and rearBy estate standards, the BMW 530i Touring is a gem, communicating intimately with the driver and responding faithfully to his every input.

The BMW 535i Touring offers an elegant blend of practicality and performance. Its $115,500 plus on road costs seems steep, but you get what you pay for. I would choose the 5-Series touring without hesitation.

BMW 530i Touring Pricing and Specifications:

  • Price: From $115,500 plus on-road costs
  • Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol
  • Power: 185kW at 5200-6500rpm
  • Torque: 350Nm at 1450-4800rpm
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic, rear-wheel-drive
  • Fuel use: 6.5L/100km

The 530i Touring comes with a three-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty and three years of complimentary roadside assistance, matching that of fellow German rivals Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

While BMW Australia doesn’t have a traditional capped-price servicing scheme, it does offer a BMW Service Inclusive plan, which in its most basic form costs $1695 for 5 Series models, and covers standard servicing for five years or 80,000 kilometres, whichever comes first.