BMW 5 Series Touring estate - MPG, running costs & CO2

The latest BMW 5 Series Touring is lighter than its predecessor, which improves economy

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Most 5 Series Tourings sold will have the smallest diesel engine under the bonnet, showing that customers do retain an interest in economy as well as overall price and performance.

While some small fuel-efficiency gains have been made via a Start/Stop function and an active radiator grille that closes for improved aerodynamics when maximum cooling isn’t required, the biggest aid to economy is the use of aluminium and aluminium alloys in the car’s construction. This has made the latest 5 Series Touring up to 100kg lighter compared to the old one.

BMW 5 Series Touring MPG & CO2

The 520d is the most popular version of the 5 Series Touring. Its 187bhp four-cylinder 2.0-litre diesel is quite economical, capable of 47.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 125g/km. This puts the car in the 29% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rating for company-car drivers, virtually identical to its most direct rival, the 191bhp version of the Mercedes E-Class Estate E 220d.

A six-cylinder 530d is also available, and while its 43.5mpg might not look so impressive it's worth remembering this diesel estate is capable of dispatching 0-62mph in less than six seconds. Its emissions start at 144g/km resulting in a 33% BiK rating. Opt for the four-wheel drive 530d xDrive, and economy drops to 41.5mpg, with emissions rising to 156g/km – a 36% BiK is the result.

The petrol choices aren't as economical, but will suit buyers who frequently make short journeys, as well as fans of the traditional BMW petrol engine. The entry-level 520i returns up to 38.2mpg in mixed driving with CO2 emissions of 138g/km for a BiK rate of 31 or 32%, depending on the alloy wheels you choose, while the more powerful 530i posts figures of 36.7mpg and 141g/km, resulting in a 32% BiK figure. The six-cylinder 540i – only available with xDrive four-wheel drive – emits 180g/km (37% BiK) and returns 30.4mpg.

If you choose a 520i SE with no options, it creeps under the £40,000 threshold so road tax will be £140 a year. All other models cost over £40,000 so are liable for a £310 surcharge the first five times you tax it.

Insurance group

The 5 Series Touring models closely match the insurance ratings of their saloon equivalents. The 520d and 520i are the cheapest to insure, with group 30 rating for the SE models, rising to 31 for M Sport versions, while all 530d models are rated in group 41. The petrol 530i is in group 35 and the 540i is in group 39 or 40.

Servicing

New BMWs come with a feature called Condition Based Servicing (CBS), which monitors the condition of your car and alerts you when a service is required. An icon will display on the dashboard and BMW technicians can download information stored on your car key so they can quickly see what’s been detected by the CBS system.

BMW offers a service pack that covers the cost of service items for three years/36,000 miles called BMW Service Inclusive. It starts at £399.

Warranty

BMW offers a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty, which is the same as Mercedes and similar to Audi, which limits you to 60,000 miles. It’s a reasonable warranty for one of the ‘premium’ car manufacturers, but is starting to look a little miserly next to the five and seven-year warranties offered by companies like Hyundai and Kia.

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