2nd Hand Spotlight: BMW 535d Touring M-Sport
‘All the car you could ever need’ - a strong statement if there ever was one. But it really is the holy grail of car requirements, one that can do pretty much everything you ask of it. What most car fans want out of a car can be listed (as far as we can see) as follows:
Stylish, quality, good handling, practical, quick, economical, sporty.
Obviously we’re not talking out-and-out sports cars here, this is for the person who might have a TVR or Boxster in the garage for the weekend blasts, but they need something that satisfies their petrolhead needs the rest of the week. Step forward – the BMW 535d Touring.
The styling wasn’t received too well at launch, but as with most of the Chris Bangle designs they seem to have got better and better with age. The e60 5-Series shape has become a little ubiquitous in saloon form, but the Touring version (estate to you and I) is still relatively rare and is a much more stylish proposition as we see it. With such a massive range of engines on offer from a 2.0 litre diesel to a 4.8 litre petrol V8 there’s a lot of choice, but for us there was only one option – the top spec 3.0 litre turbodiesel in the ‘35d models. And of course, for looks it must be in M-Sport trim.
So after some hunting, we found this rather nice 2005 535d Touring M-Sport up for sale at just £9,995. Okay, it has 93,000 miles but we know of people with these engines happily running at well over double that mileage with no major issues – these cars are built to do big miles.
So what do you get for your £9,995? You get that amazing engine for starters – 272 bhp means 0-62 mph in 6.6 seconds combined with a combined fuel economy of 34.4 mpg. That means you should get around 500 miles in normal driving, or 600+ of motorway work.
You also get BMW’s legendary rear wheel drive chassis with tight neutral handling, along with a huge boot load space of 1650 kg with the seats down. Add in a great interior covered in leather and you have a car that ticks all the boxes.
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