The New BMW 5 Series Touring | Part Three (2004)

The New 5 Series Touring

BMW 5 Series

Compared with the former model, the new BMW 5 Series Touring has grown significantly in virtually every respect: Length is up by 38 millimetres (1.50´´), width has been increased by 46 millimetres (1.81´´), and the new Touring is 23 millimetres (0.91´´) higher than before. In all, therefore, the new Touring measures an impressive 4.48 metres (190.55´´) in length, 1.85 metres (72.83´´) in width, and 1.49 metres (58.66´´) in height.

Looking at the car from outside, however, you will hardly notice this growth in size and dimensions, short overhangs front and rear, extra-large wheels, and a wide track giving the new 5 Series both an elegant and dynamic appearance. But inside the new 5 Series Touring is another story, with up to 3 centimetres or 1.18´´ more shoulder room for the passengers, greater headroom, and 4.5 centimetres or 1.77´´ more kneeroom for the passengers at the rear. Looking at the car from outside, however, you will hardly notice this growth in size and dimensions, short overhangs front and rear, extra-large wheels, and a wide track giving the new 5 Series both an elegant and dynamic appearance. But inside the new 5 Series Touring is another story, with up to 3 centimetres or 1.18´´ more shoulder room for the passengers, greater headroom, and 4.5 centimetres or 1.77´´ more kneeroom for the passengers at the rear.

Despite this increase in dimensions both within and outside the car, and even with the wider range of passive safety features, the weight of the new Touring has not increased over the former model. On the contrary: Thanks to an innovative combination of aluminium and steel in the bodyshell - as on the Saloon - weight has even decreased, depending on the model and the level of equipment, by up to 50 kilos or 110 lb.

Luggage compartment - larger, more variable, and with even better access

Nobody has to get their hands wet or even dirty when opening and closing the tailgate on the new BMW 5 Series Touring. For as an option all you have to do is press a button on the key to the car and the tailgate will open and close fully automatically. At the same time, with the rear lid swinging up or when opening the rear window, the roll cover automatically moves to the front for convenient loading and unloading without requiring any additional intervention on the part of the driver or passengers. And to conveniently put in or take out small items of luggage, the luggage compartment, like on all BMW Tourings, is also accessible through the separately opening rear window.

Published 4 April 2004 Melanie Carter

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