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The New BMW 5-Series Touring Is The Smarter Way To Carry All Your Stuff

Ahead of its Geneva debut, BMW has revealed the wagon version of the new 'G30' 5-series, with a drop in weight and semi-autonomous tech

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By now, I’m sure we shouldn’t have to explain why estates - or wagons - are cooler than saloons. That’s just science fact, and few are as cool and understated as the 5-series Touring. This is why BMW caught our attention when revealing the Touring version of the all-new G30 5-series, dubbed G31.

It’s a jolly dashing lump of metal, no? And it’s also a relatively light one. As with the saloon 5er, the Touring is larger in almost every way compared to the outgoing car, and yet has dropped 100kg in weight.

The BMW 5-series Touring: perfect for all your scuba diving needs
The BMW 5-series Touring: perfect for all your scuba diving needs

That’s no real surprise, nor is the fact the saloon’s engine line-up has been mostly carried over. The range kicks off with the 188bhp 520d, with the 261bhp 530d sitting above with optional xDrive all-wheel drive.

On the petrol front there’s a 530i with a 248bhp 2.0-litre turbo four-pot, and the 540i with BMW’s b58 3.0-litre straight-six putting out 335bhp. There’s no mention of an M550i xDrive Touring just yet, but we’re crossing our fingers. The 540i is currently the quickest, dispatching 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds.

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Also carried over from the four-door version is a whole host of safety gadgets. These include a cross traffic warning, pedestrian safety warning and a lane keeping and lane changing assist that’ll work at speeds of up to 130mph. Because autobahn.

In addition, BMW’s new infotainment system with gesture control functionality is present, and a new head-up display with a 70 per cent larger projection surface is optional.

BMW - The New BMW 5-Series Touring Is The Smarter Way To Carry All Your Stuff - News

Want one? It goes on sale this June, priced at £38,385 and up. It’ll make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.