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

The floor of the luggage compartment is completely flat from front to rear, from one side to the other. Loading capacity ranges from 500 (535) litres (17.5/18.7 cu ft) all the way to 1,615 (1,650) litres (56.5/65.0 cu ft) with the rear seat bench tilted forward and the compartment fully loaded up to roof level. This is 90 (125) litres (3.5/4.9 cu ft) more than on the former model (figures in brackets applicable to models featuring runflat tyres and therefore not requiring a spare wheel).

Taking along the family, the driver of the new 5 Series Touring is able to easily accommodate two large as well as two medium-sized hard-shell suitcases and two travel bags in his car. And as an alternative, four 46-inch golf bags also fit conveniently into the luggage compartment.

Lockable for extra security, the floor of the luggage compartment can be raised up from its usual position, then remaining at any setting desired with the help of gas pressure springs (like the engine compartment lid), before being lowered once again. Beneath the floor panel the driver will then find a variable storage compartment for small odds and ends. The spare wheel, finally, comes one level further down (or, as an alternative, an additional 35-litre/1.2-cu ft luggage box whenever the 5 Series Touring is equipped as an option with runflat tyres).

The luggage compartment comes as standard with a roll cover, a partition net, four lashing points and a power socket, for example for connecting an electric cooling box. Optional extras include an additional storage package with a two-piece floor panel, folding partitions preventing, say, carrier bags from falling over, lashing belts in the side panels and multifunction holders serving, for example, to accommodate your shopping bags.

Split 60:40, the rear seat bench may be combined as an option with through-loading including a ski-bag. Another option is the roof railing for conveniently fastening a roof box or roof rack system carrying a roof load of up to 100 kilos or 220 lb.

Entering the market in four model variants

The new BMW 5 Series Touring is entering the market in the guise of the 525i and 540i, the 525d and 530d. With the exception of the refined 2.5-litre straight-six bi-VANOS petrol engine in the 525i carried over from the former model, the other three engine variants are new to the 5 Series Touring, offering a significant increase in output, torque, and performance. The 520i and 530i will be following in spring 2005.

Published 4 April 2004 Melanie Carter

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