BMW i5 Touring comes with two drive systems

BMW has unveiled the new 5 Series Touring, which, as the i5 Touring, will also be available as an all-electric model for the first time. The electric estate will launch with two variants right from the start: The i5 eDrive40 Touring and the i5 M60 xDrive Touring.

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The performance data of the two i5 Touring variants correspond to those of the already familiar i5 saloon. The i5 eDrive40 Touring delivers 250 kW with an electric motor on the rear axle. In comparison, the i5 M60 xDrive Touring is designed as the current top model of the entire 5 Series and offers significantly more power at 442 kW – thanks to a second motor and all-wheel drive. The familiar battery with a net energy content of 81.2 kWh is also installed in the underbody.

With the same battery and drives, the ranges of the two estate derivatives are slightly lower than the saloon – the estate body is slightly heavier and not as aerodynamic. However, the loss in range is minimal at 483 to 560 kilometres according to WLTP for the i5 eDrive40 Touring and 445 to 506 kilometres for the BMW i5 M60 xDrive Touring, depending on the equipment. With a range of 578 kilometres, the i5 eDrive40 saloon can only go up to 18 kilometres more on one charge.

The saloon and estate are again the same when it comes to charging. 11 kW AC is standard, while a 22 kW onboard charger is available as an option. Direct current can be charged with an output of up to 205 kW. BMW specifies a charging time of around 30 minutes from ten to 80 per cent. Plug&Charge is possible with the unique “Multi Contract Option,” which allows customers to digitally store up to five individual Plug&Charge-enabled traction current contracts from different providers in the vehicle.

The big difference, of course, lies in another feature: the boot. Regardless of the drive type – i.e. whether combustion engine, plug-in hybrid or battery-electric – 570 litres of load volume are available in the estate. If the rear seats’ backrests are folded down, up to 1,700 litres can fit in the i5 Touring. In addition to automatic tailgate operation, remote unlocking of the 40:20:40 split rear seat backrest from the boot is also part of the standard equipment. Storage compartments under the load compartment floor provide space for the luggage compartment partition net, the boot cover and the charging cable for the all-electric and plug-in hybrid models. However, the separately opening rear window of the previous Touring models is no longer available in the new 5 Series.

The i5 xDrive40 all-wheel drive system, which BMW recently brought to the saloon with the new model year, is not yet available on the estate – at least not at the start. The market launch in numerous European countries and Japan will begin in May 2024, with other markets following in June 2024. BMW has not yet announced prices, and the i5 Touring is not yet listed in the configurator at the time of writing.

i5 eDrive40i5 xDrive 40i5 M60 xDrivei5 eDrive40 Touringi5 M60 xDrive Touring
Power250 kW290 kW442 kW250 kW442 kW
Torque430 Nm590 Nm820 Nm430 Nm820 Nm
Acceleration6,0 s5,4 s3,8 s6,1 s3,9 s
Top speed193 kph215 kph230 kph193 kph230 kph
Battery capacity81,2 kWh81,2 kWh81,2 kWh81,2 kWh81,2 kWh
WLTP range582 km538 km516 km560 km506 km
Charging capacity DC205 kW205 kW205 kW205 kW205 kW
Charging time 10-80%30 min30 min30 min30min30min
Charging capacity AC11 kW/22 kW11 kW/22 kW11 kW/22 kW11 kW/22 kW11 kW/22 kW


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