BMW 5 Series Touring 525 xDrive endurance test – Bmw Archive
BMW 5 Series Touring 525 xDrive endurance test
Posted on February 13, 2013 By Peter
Sometimes, BMW fans that can afford such a car are faced with a dilemma: I have a family, I have children, but I want a sports car. What do I do? Do I buy a 5 Series, or an X5? Or, God forbid, a 5 Series GT? In this case, Germans choose the Touring version. Why?
Romanians don’t fancy touring cars that much. But the Westerners do. And that’s exactly why the most 3 and 5 Series cars sold in the West are Touring models, because family men that can afford them don’t buy them out of caprice, like they do in our country, but because they want their family to enjoy a premium car that’s part sports car and also has enough space to fit them all. This can also be applied for the 5 Series Touring. But could our Romanian minds comprehend the reasons for buying this car?
The estate. Avoided in Romania since 1973!
The answer is more simple than it seems: if you’ve got nothing in your pockets and went to borrow money from the bank just to drive a BMW around town, you’ll use your head when choosing the car, given that your heart will be fully satisfied anyway by what this car’s road performance, whether we’re talking about the Sedan or Touring. If you’ve got yourself a family and are used to making long trips to your mountain retreat or even across borders, then you’ll find that the Touring will bring you extra space, modularity and convenience. The sedan, however nice it may be, can’t grant you these features.
his could be used to host tons of weapons in case of war. It even fits Hercules. A smaller Hercules.
The interior looks great, but there are no differences compared to the 5 Series Sedan, and I’m forced to admit that I can’t find any faults regarding the quality of materials or the workmanship, which I could’n say about the 3 Series or the 1 Series… In this case, BMW delivers 100% of what it promises and, if you add an extra 10-15.000 euros to the basic price, you’ll get a downright luxury interior. The comfort level is at peak levels, although I could mumble something about the manual seat sliding system (if you don’t have the full electric version): poorly planned.
Sober, but terribly effective. Connectivity at its best!
It does look less aggressive than the 5 Series GT, but, if you look closely at the side lines of the two cars, your choice should be quite simple. No wonder the 5 Series GT doesn’t sell well…
The 525d xDrive version comes with a 2.0-liter twin-turbo engine which produces 218 hp, as well as a maximum torque of 450 Nm, available between 1.500 and 2.500 rpm. Combined with the all-wheel drive system, this engine will make the car go from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.3 seconds. Keep in mind that, on an empty tank, the 525d xDrive weighs 1.9 tons!
218 hp and all-wheel drive. Just enough to eat other cars for breakfast.
Two things about the way this touring car runs under snow and ice conditions, as well as between -15 and 20 degrees: you feel like you’re in a tank that’s got a rocket up its ass. Literally. Starting from standstill, particularly in Sports mode, is violent, with assistance from the all-wheel drive system. If you want to act crazy for a bit you can switch to Sport+, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get rid of the electronic assistance. We’re talking about a car that weighs 2 tons here. Indeed, it might have astonishingly precise steering, but its weight prevents it from being a true sports car on winding roads.
Beautiful, as beautiful as any 5 Series…
However, when it comes to roads and highways, this is the proper environment for the 5 Series Touring, as you can go hundreds of kilometers without being tired at all. Moreover, the xDrive system will help you regardless of the road conditions. Due to the low ground clearance, you won’t be able to go on too many adventures, so don’t treat the car like a crossover, because it’s not. Stick to the asphalt, ok? Anyway, I have to stress that the times you left your BMW in the parking lot all winter are long gone: the xDrive system will allow you to come out even from 20-30 cm of snow and, on ice, the car remains incredibly balanced.
You can plow through some snow, just don’t go in very deep. It doesn’t have the ground clearance of a crossover.
Compared to the Sedan, the Touring version has an extra 100 kg. That means it’s 0.3 seconds slower on the 0-60, but it also means that its average consumption will be 0.4 liters higher per 100 km. The official average consumption is 5.7 liters/ 100 km for the automatic gearbox. However, in reality, this will only apply to extra urban driving if you drive cautiously, while, in the city, in the winter, the real average consumption was 10.3 – 11.5 liters/ 100 km, depending on the driving style.
Overall, we’re talking about a 1.9-ton car with 218 hp that has all-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox. What else is there to add?!! My conclusion, on the next page…
The question: what should I buy, the Touring or the Sedan, can be answered depending on each person’s needs. I admit, I wouldn’t go with the Touring, but for a different reason: with the same amount of money you can get an X5, better equipped and more versatile. However, if you want to reap all the benefits of an imposing BMW, but also have a family, then the Touring is an obvious choice.
Excellent on long trips but a bit out of place in the crowded city. It’s up to you!
It sits better on the road, you can afford to handle it like a sports car, but it also comes with all the comfort elements a family car has. And, given that it has xDrive, you won’t care about weather conditions. Sometimes, you won’t even care about road conditions. At a basic price of 56.916 euros (VAT included) for the 525 xDrive Touring auto, or 68.115 euros (VAT included) for the tested version that comes with the Advantage and Business packages, featuring leather and countless other options, the 5 Series Touring is not for just anyone.
This, however, might be a good argument in its favor. Those who afford it can say that, maybe, it’s a wiser choice than a 5 Series Sedan or an X5. Or maybe the Germans have no idea what they’re buying…