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5 Series Touring - E61 (2004 - 2007) - Design and Drivetrain

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Design

The sleek, muscular lines of the 5 Series Touring shroud a car capable of conveying five adults and a vast amount of luggage in comfort and speed.
With the 60:40 split rear seats folded forwards a 1,650-litre boot space beckons.
With the seats in place and five people onboard, there is still 500-litres of boot space - an increase of 18 per cent over the previous Touring.
Under the load bay's floor a lockable secure storage is also a standard feature on all models.

For added practicality the rear tailgate splits so those loading smaller items can do so with the rear windscreen open while larger items can be easily accommodated by opening the main tailgate.
Roof rails are a standard feature on all 5 Series Tourings and they not only improve the aesthetics of the car, but can accommodate a range of optional equipment such as bike racks and luggage boxes.
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Measuring 4,843mm in length and with vehicle width increasing by 46mm to 1,846mm, the new 5 Series Touring boasts class-leading space for up top five people.
While flat weave cloth seating is standard, buyers can also choose from three different grades of leather in addition to the three different seat shapes - standard, sports and comfort style.
Steering wheel mounted controls, including standard Cruise Control and BMW's now familiar iDrive controller and display, ensures easy every day operation of all functionality.

Drivetrain
BMW is renowned for its smooth and powerful engines and the 5 Series Touring comes with four engines from launch.
The 2.5-litre straight-six cylinder powerplant delivers 192bhp and a zero to 100km/h time of 8.2 seconds along with a 233km/h top speed and 8.3l/100km figure.
Representing the pinnacle of performance in the range, the 333bhp 4.4-litre in the BMW 545i SE Touring is capable of a 250km/h top speed and a zero to 100km/h time of 5.9 seconds while still achieving 9.4l/100km.
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For those wishing to focus on diesel power, two of BMW's EU4 compliant diesel engines are offered.
The 525d SE Touring has a 2.5-litre 177bhp engine capable of 5.8l/100km but also a zero to 100km/h time of 8.3 seconds and 225km/h top speed.
Meanwhile, the larger capacity BMW 530d SE Touring has a 3.0-litre 218bhp engine boasting a 6l/100km consumption figure, but also a zero to 100km/h time of 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 250km/h.



Last Updated on Monday, 12 April 2010 14:40  
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