Published on February 13th, 2024 | by Subhash Nair


BMW i5 Touring Is One Of The Few Electric Wagons In The Market

The BMW 5 Series Touring comes with an i5 electric version as well.

It’s no surprise that the car industry has decided to put most of their efforts into crossovers and SUVs while transitioning to electric power. These are already the fastest growing and most popular segments in many markets, plus the added height and ground clearance gives engineers more room for under-floor batteries. However, there are a handful of European manufacturers who are still creating EVs in the station wagon a.k.a estate a.k.a touring body style and the latest to join the ranks is none other than BMW.

That’s right, there’s an electric i5 variant coming alongside the new 5 Series Touring models and no, none of these are likely to be brought to Malaysia. Other rivals in this space include the Porsche Taycan Sport/Cross Turismo, Peugeot e-308 SW, Vauxhall Astra Electric Sports Tourer, and the Audi A6/RS6 Avant e-tron.

New BMW 5 Series Touring

Compared to the outgoing model, the new BMW 5 Series wagon is 97mm longer, 32mm wider and 17mm higher with a 20mm longer wheelbase. Just like the other 5 Series models, there are two vertical LED DRLs up front flanking the grille which can be optioned with BMW Iconic Glow contour lighting, L-shaped chrome bars are found around back. Standard equipment includes 18 inch light alloy wheels with options going all the way up to 21 inches. An M Carbon Exterior Package is available at the top end.

Inside, the estate model offers much more space than the sedan including more leg, shoulder, and elbow room at the rear. The luggage compartment is wider, allowing for easy stowage of large items. It expands from 570L to 1700L with the rear seats folded and this can be done remotely.

Boot of the new BMW i5 Touring 5 Series Touring

There are storage compartments under the load compartment floor and this is where the compartment partition net is stored. Other items, such as the luggage compartment cover and charging cables for the electric and PHEV models are stored.

Left to Right: diesel, PHEV, electric

Here are the powertrain options for the 5 Series Touring:

  • i5 eDrive40
    • 340hp, 430Nm of torque
    • 0-100km/h in 6.1 seconds
    • 193km/h max speed
    • 483 – 560 km range
  • i5 M60 xDrive
    • 601hp, 820Nm of torque
    • 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds
    • 230km/h max speed
    • 445 – 506 km range
  • 530e
    • 299hp, 450Nm of torque
    • 0-100km/h in 6.4 seconds
    • 220km/h max speed
    • 140km/h electric top speed
    • 84 – 96 km electric range
  • 530e xDrive
    • 299hp, 450Nm of torque
    • 0-100km/h in 6.4 seconds
    • 218km/h max speed
    • 140km/h electric top speed
    • 79 – 89 km electric range
  • 520d
    • 197hp, 400Nm of torque
    • 0-100km/h in 7.5 seconds
    • 220km/h max speed
  • 520d xDrive
    • 197hp, 400Nm of torque
    • 0-100km/h in 7.5 seconds
    • 218km/h max speed
  • 540d xDrive
    • 299hp, 670Nm of torque
    • 0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds
    • 250km/h max speed

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