Bavarian Motor Works is known for its high-end German automotive ingenuity and innovations plus the cars produced are posh and stylish. BMW has made several wagons for families that like to ride in style and comfort. Here are the 10-best BMW wagons ever made for your consideration and enjoyment.
1. 2000 BMW 540i Touring
The drive chose the 2000 BMW 5401 Touring as one of the best BMW wagons in the affordable class. While it’s hard to imagine that a BMW would end up in the budget category has a reasonable price for a used BMW. What makes it one of the best choices is the M62 V-8 engine that cranks 291 BPH along with 340 lb-ft of torque. It packs plenty of power. It’s a muscly wagon for families who have a sporty side.
2. BMW M5 Touring
CarBuzz picks the BW M5 E34 as one of the highest performing BMW wagons of all-time. It’s hard to get your hands on one because there were only 891 of them built and released for sale to the public. This vehicle represented the last generation of the hand-built M5 models. It’s somewhat of a collectible, that is intended to be driven with its high-rev 3.8-liter straight-six engine. It generates 340 horsepower which is plenty for the average family car.
3. BMW M5 Touring E61
Car Buzz continued its rant of admiration for the M5 wagon with recommendations for the E61. This is just one more example of BMW’s commitment and dedication to excellence. The E34 generation set the bar high. The later version of the M5 came in the form of the E61. Under the hood, it is pushed by a 5.0-liter V10 engine that generates 500 horsepower with 384 lb-ft of torque. The transmission in this model is a six-speed manual type. This model is another collectible that is hard to find. There were only 1,025 of them ever built.
4. BMW 3 Series Wagon
The Series 3 Wagon emerged between 2001 through 2005. The automaker gave it a sporty appearance for a wagon. It looks similar to the sedan except for the simple hatchback feature that converted the model into a legitimate wagon. The first generation stuck to a 2.5-liter straight-six engine producing 184 horsepower with 175 lb-ft of torque. This vehicle was a practical wagon that featured an enclosed cargo area that was two and a half times bigger than the regular 3-series sedan trunk. You could fold down the seats to create a cargo space of 60 cubic feet. It was a luxury wagon that offered comfort features such as leather seats, automatic climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
5. 2015 BMW 3 Series 328d XDrive
You can find a 2015 Series 3 with its upgrade in power and performance for about $20,000 in the used market. This generation is available in a Diesel or gasoline engine version. It’s powered by a 4 cylinder 2.0-liter engine matched with an automatic transmission. The attraction to this BMW wagon is its sporty exterior along with the outstanding fuel efficiency rating of 31 in the city and 41 on the open road. Some of the more popular features are the keyless ignition and entry, heated seats, fog lights, alloy wheels, leather seats, tinted windows, and the user navigation system.
6. 2006 BMW 530xi
The BMW 530xi is a member of the 5-series collection of wagons. It’s one of the more affordable used BMW wagons on the market today with values around $7,500 for examples that are in good operational condition with fair aesthetics. These were popular choices for families looking for a sporty wagon because of the AWD feature and the powerful 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine. The fuel consumption is average at an estimated 18 mpg city and 25 on the highway.
7. 2017 BMW 3 Series 330i XDrive
The 330i XDrive is another popular model in BMW’s wagon platform. The 330i xDrive in good condition with low miles sells for about $33,000. It’s a sporty AWD with a more fuel-efficient 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine that sips fuel at 23 mpg in the city and 33 on the highway. The 330xi is a luxury wagon loaded with creature comforts such as leather seats, alloy wheels, fog lights, driver assist, and a host of other amenities.
8. BMW Alpina B5 Touring Wagon
The BMW Alpina B5 Touring Wagon is one of the most memorable wagons made by the German automaker. Perhaps the most notable feature is the 4.4-liter V8-Twin-turbo engine that supplies its power. It was referred to as the fastest wagon in the world upon its release. It’s a high-class luxury sports wagon that will never lose its appeal.
9. BMW E46 M3
The BMW E46 M3 appeared in the early 2000s era. It became an instant success with drivers who had families. The extra cargo space made it more practical for everyday use. This vehicle is fun to drive. It’s also a high performer. It’s worth noting that the E46 wagon is a conversion because the factory only offered the model in a coupe or a convertible. It was a popular mod that combined luxury, sport, and high performance in one tidy package.
10. BMW 525i Wagon
The BMW 525i was one of the best wagon modifications we’ve seen. It rivals that of the E46 with its luxury appeal, but the 2002 example we saw had a more practical feeling. The sophistication of the older vehicle is still on par with stylish driving. Some things just get better with age and BMW wagons are no exception.