BMW 5-Series Touring released
25th January, 2011
The new, fourth generation BMW 5 Series Touring has
arrived in Australia.
Combining the comfort, versatility and practicality of a station wagon with the driving
dynamics, performance and efficiency of BMW's 5 Series Sedan, the new BMW 5 Series Touring offers
an intelligent alternative for versatile, luxurious transportation.
The new BMW 5-Series Touring is available in two models with the Manufacturer List Price* for
the entry-level 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel 520d Touring starting at $92,800*.
With its high performance 3.0-litre TwinPower Turbo straight six cylinder petrol engine, the
top-of-the-range 535i Touring is priced from $138,900*. Both models feature an eight-speed
automatic transmission as standard. In the case of the 535i Touring, this takes the form of an
eight-speed sports automatic transmission.
Design: sleek sporting exterior, spacious versatile interior
With its short front overhang, long bonnet and gently sloping roofline topped by satin
aluminium roof rails tapering to the rear tailgate, the 5 Series Touring delivers a sporting and
elegant aesthetic. The trademark BMW styling cues including a wide kidney grille, dual round
headlights, strong side contour lines and rear L-shaped taillights give the car an instantly
recognisable appearance while its broad low stance provides a powerful presence on the road.
The interior design of the new BMW 5 Series Touring clearly brings out the 'character' of the
car with its clever details and 'nature' showcased through the use of high quality materials.
Across the front, the asymmetrical dash is inclined towards the driver at an angle of
approximately 7 degrees to ensure all controls and functions are placed for quick and easy
reference. A keyless start/stop button sits prominently on the dash enabling the driver to keep
the remote key fob in the pocket or a handbag and the new multi-function steering wheel offers
greater functionality incorporating both cruise control and audio/phone controls.
With the longest wheelbase in its class measuring 2,968 mm and an overall length of 4,907 mm,
the BMW 5-Series Touring offers a vast amount of interior space with flexible seating for five
occupants and a large carpeted rear luggage space.
In order to offer the greatest degree of versatility in its carrying capacity, the rear seat
back splits and folds individually in three 40/20/40 sections providing a luggage capacity that
ranges from 560 litres to 1,670 litres.
To further enhance this flexibility, the rear seat backs can also be adjusted through 11
degrees in seven separate increments, which increases luggage capacity by 30 litres, while the
rear tailgate with its low-loading sill offers a separately opening rear window to allow quick
and easy access to the luggage compartment. The window and tailgate can both be opened using the
remote control and on the 535i Touring, the tailgate is fully electrically operated.
Both models also feature a luggage cover as standard that is automatically raised when the
tailgate or rear window are opened, full length floor rails with adjustable eyelets, and a
The 5-Series Touring is available in Black or Alpine White or a choice of 11 other metallic
exterior colours (no cost option for 535i). Inside, the standard fine Dakota leather interior
upholstery is offered in a choice of six colours with the optional Exclusive Nappa leather with
extended contents available in a choice of Black or Oyster/Black.
Likewise, there is a range of non-cost trim options including high-gloss black, three different
types of wood or Fine Brushed Aluminium.
To further enhance the sporting visual and dynamic appeal of the 5 Series Touring, a full M
Sport Package is optionally available on both models that includes 18-inch double spoke alloy
wheels and complete M Aerodynamics Package, Sports Seats, M leather steering wheel and interior
trim highlights, and a lowered sports suspension (which can be deleted as a non-cost option).
Furthermore, the package comprises BMW individual High-Gloss Shadow-Line and Roof Rails High-Gloss
Shadow-Line and BMW Roofline Anthracite.
Powertrain and dynamics: efficient, high performance driving pleasure
The new 5 Series Touring is offered with a choice of either a fuel-efficient and torquey 2.0
litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine or the new 3.0 litre straight six-cylinder TwinPower Turbo
Powering the top-of-the-range BMW 535i Touring, the petrol engine was first introduced in
Australia in the 5 Series Gran Turismo and combines High Precision Injection and fully variable
VALVETRONIC valve control to produce a maximum output of 225 kW at 5,800 rpm and peak torque of
400 Nm from a low 1,200 rpm right through to 5,000 rpm.
Matched to the standard eight-speed Sports Automatic transmission complete with steering wheel
mounted paddle shifts, the engine enables the 535i to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 6.1
seconds while offering combined EU fuel consumption figure of 8.5 l/100 km with CO2 emissions of
For even greater efficiency, the 520d Touring is driven by the latest generation BMW 2.0-litre
four-cylinder diesel engine that combines common rail direct fuel injection and a variable
geometry turbocharger to produce a maximum power of 135 kW at 4,000 rpm and peak torque of 380 Nm
between 1,750 rpm and 2,750 rpm. Combined fuel consumption is an extremely low 5.3 l/100 km while
CO2 emissions are just 139 g/km. Mated to the standard eight-speed Automatic Transmission (the
Sports Automatic transmission is optionally available), the 520d can cover the 0-100 km/h sprint
in 8.3 seconds.
Both models share the same sophisticated all-aluminium double wishbone front suspension and
Integral V rear axle with the BMW 5 Series Sedan to ensure the optimum balance of ride comfort
and handling. Given its larger load capacity, the 5 Series Touring also features a standard
self-levelling air suspension on the rear that immediately takes account of, and compensates
for, changes in load to provide a constant vehicle height under all driving and load
To further enhance the driving pleasure, the 535i Touring is also fitted standard with
BMW's Dynamic Driving Control that offers three modes of operation - Normal, Sport and Sport+
- that enable the driver to adjust steering, throttle, transmission and DSC responses according
to their needs or the road conditions.
Dynamic Driving Control becomes standard on the 520d Touring when it is fitted with the
optional Sports Automatic transmission, Integral Active Steering or Dynamic Damper Control.
Dynamic Damper Control adds a fourth Comfort mode of adjustment for the Dynamic Driving Control
through the addition of electronically controlled continuously variable damping.
The 535i Touring is able to take this level of control even further with the optional
Adaptive Drive that combines Dynamic Damper Control with a Dynamic Drive stability management
that acts on both front and rear anti-roll bars to quickly and precisely build up appropriate
counter forces during cornering.
To further aid the high-speed agility and comfort and low speed manoeuvrability of the new
BMW 5 Series Touring, both models can be fitted with the innovative Integral Active Steering
that builds upon the efficiency of the standard electric power steering and not only controls
the front wheels but also offers active rear wheel steering to an angle up to 2.5 degrees.
Outstanding grip and stopping power is assured with the 520d fitted with 17-inch alloy
wheels with 18-inch alloys on the 535i while the large vented disc brakes on both models are
assisted by electronic systems including Antilock Braking System with Cornering Brake Control
and Brake Assist and Dynamic Stability Control.
BMW EfficientDynamics: Performance without sacrifice
BMW’s award-winning EfficientDynamics technology strategy sees the BMW 5 Series touring
equipped with a range of innovative measures to reduce fuel consumption while enhancing
performance. Both the 520d Touring and 535i feature Active Air Vent Control, Electric Power
Steering and Brake Energy Regeneration as standard features. The 520d Touring also comes
standard on low rolling-resistance tyres.
Comfort, convenience and safety: luxury features for supreme comfort
The BMW 5-Series Touring is generously equipped for comfort with standard luxury features
on both models including dual zone climate control, power operated windows and heated
exterior mirrors, fine Dakota leather upholstery, keyless start, electric front seat
adjustment (four-way for 520d and full adjustment with lumbar support and driver seat memory
for 535i), front and rear foglights, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, Bluetooth
connectivity, iDrive controller with eight favourites buttons, BMW Navigation Business
system with 7-inch display screen, and BMW Professional audio system with digital AM/FM
radio, single slot CD player, six loudspeakers and both auxiliary and USB inputs for
connecting an external personal audio player such as an iPod.
In addition to these features, the top-of-the-range 535i Touring gains Adaptive Bi-Xenon
headlights with High-Beam Assist, sun blinds for the rear side windows, Comfort Access system,
and an upgraded HiFi loudspeaker system with 12 speakers and a 205-watt power amplifier. It
also receives a sports leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles, 18” alloy wheels,
automatic tailgate-operation, ambient lighting and two-zone aircondtioning with extended
To ensure safe and convenient motoring both models feature an extensive array of driver
assistance systems including cruise control with braking function, Head-Up Display, front and
rear Park Distance Control, Rear View Camera and Parking Assistant as standard.
This latter feature is unique in its class and is designed to assist drivers with parallel
parking manoeuvres. Operating at speeds up to 35km/h, the system uses ultrasound sensors
integrated into the side indicator surrounds to measure the length of possible parking spaces
along the side of the road. Once it detects a space that exceeds the car length by at least
1.2m, it informs the driver with an audible and visual signal. From this point on, all the
driver has to do is operate the accelerator and brake pedals while the Parking Assistant
moves the steering wheel to reverse precisely into the space available.
As a BMW, the 5 Series Touring is also standard with a full complement of passive safety
features including driver and front passenger front and side airbags and full length side
curtain airbags, active front head restraints and five three-point seatbelts with
pre-tensioners and belt force limiters on the front seats.
Like all BMWs, the 5 Series Touring can also be personalised to a high degree with an
extensive selection of options. Enhanced driver assistance is offered with such innovative
features as Surround View cameras, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Lane Change
Warning and Lane Departure Warning, BMW Night Vision and Speed Limit Info.
BMW's Speed Limit Info is a world first technology that uses a camera fitted near the
rear vision mirror to permanently monitor road speed signs - including variable speed limits
- that are then displayed in the instrument cluster and Head-Up Display to warn drivers of
the current speed limit.
Further communications and entertainment options include genuine internet access that is
gained through a compatible mobile phone then transferred to the vehicle's display system
via Bluetooth, upgraded audio and navigation systems, TV function for the on-board monitor,
Voice Control for audio and phone functions, six-disc DVD changer and rear DVD entertainment
BMW 5 Series Touring Australian Pricing:
BMW 520d Touring - $92,800*
BMW 335i Touring - $138,900*
NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the
numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note
that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice.