New BMW 5 Series Scores 5 Points Rating in Euro NCAP Safety Tests

5-series | June 2nd, 2010 by 5
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The new BMW 5 Series F10 scored 5 Star Rating in the Euro NCAP safety tests. Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and …

The new BMW 5 Series F10 scored 5 Star Rating in the Euro NCAP safety tests. Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe.

Established in 1997 and now backed by seven European Governments, the European Commission and motoring and consumer organizations in every EU country.

The 2010 BMW 530d scored the most points in the adult and child occupant tests, with 98%, respectively 83%. In the Safety Assist technology area, the new 5er was rated at 100%.

Detailed information can be found below, along with a video.

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Details of tested car

Tested model: BMW 530d, LHD
Body type: 4 door saloon
Year of publication: 2010
Kerb weight: 1790kg
VIN from which rating applies applies to all 5 series of the specification tested

Front seatbelt pretensioners driver: double passenger: single


Adult occupant
The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of both the driver and front seat passenger. BMW were able to demonstrate that occupants of different sizes, and those sat in different positions, would be similarly well protected. Maximum points were scored in the side barrier test. In the more severe side pole impact, the head and pelvis were well protected, the chest and abdomen adequately so. Good protection was provided against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear impact.

Child occupant
Based on dummy readings in the dynamic tests, the 5 series was awarded maximum points for protection of the 3 year dummy in the frontal and side impacts. Forward movement of the dummy’s head was not excessive in the frontal impact and both the 3 year and 18 month dummies were properly contained by their respective child restraints in the side impact. The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. However, information provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag is not sufficiently clear. A permanently attached label warns clearly of the dangers of using a rearward facing restraint in the passenger seat without first disabling the airbag.

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The 5 series is fitted with an ‘active bonnet’. When a pedestrian is struck, actuators lift all four corners of the bonnet away from hard structures underneath. This creates more space to absorb the energy of a struck pedestrian, lowering injury values. The bonnet has scored maximum points in the areas likely to be struck by the head of a child and has scored very highly in those areas likely to be struck by an adult. The front edge of the bonnet did not score any points for the protection provided to pedestrians’ legs but the bumper scored maximum points.


Safety assist
Electronic Stability Control is standard equipment on the 5 series, together with a driver-set speed limitation device. A seatbelt reminder system is also standard equipment and covers all seating positions.

[Source: Euro NCAP ]

5 responses to “New BMW 5 Series Scores 5 Points Rating in Euro NCAP Safety Tests”

  1. Babken says:


  2. This is hilarious that the reason BMW gave for this new horrible un-aerodynamic flat nose design was pedestrian safety and they ended up taking the worst rating in that specific area above the headlights! On second thoughts it’s sad. Big mistake.

    • Giom says:

      BMW does their own R&D on every possible safety aspect. They don’t play around when it comes to safety. Believe me, their own tests is what matters – not NCAP. NCAP is only for publicity, not necessarily for real safety.

      • FreudeKing says:

        Please, as if they care much about pedestrian safety at all. The reason for the flat nose now is becasue of EU rules. If it wasn’t for the rules, BMW would not care at all – go check the results for some older BMWs like the current 3 Series, 1 Series hatch, etc – absolutely no regard for pedestrian safety. If that means better looking cars, then I fully support disregard for pedestrian safety in case of a crash. But the funny thing is that why are Merc and Audi (maybe not so much Audi) able to produce cars without this funny flat nose like the Volvo’s?

        I must say, I saw the 5 Series driving out the dealership today with those beautifully sharp and bright day time running lights, it’s much better than Audi’s worm shaped line of lights. The 5 also looks very dynamic in flesh, esp when moving. The rear lights are gorgeous! I love it!

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