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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
The camera package incorporates both rearview and sideview cameras
Available safety features include ABS, traction control
New night-vision system that can alert the driver to a pedestrian's presence
The 2009 BMW 7-Series lineup features a long list of high-tech safety features that will keep occupants and nearby pedestrians safe under nearly any driving conditions.
As part of its usual research on vehicle safety, TheCarConnection.com reports all the available crash-test results for a particular model. Unfortunately, when those models are either particularly expensive or very new—the 2009 BMW 7-Series is both—crash-test ratings may be unavailable. Such is the case with the BMW 7-Series 2009, which hasn't yet been tested by either NHTSA or the IIHS. Stay tuned for crash-test updates, however, as TheCarConnection.com will continue to monitor both agencies for word on the BMW 7-Series holds up during crash tests.
Although no crash-test data is available for the BMW 7-Series 2009 lineup, the sheer magnitude of safety equipment lends credibility to its high overall safety rating. According to reviewers at ConsumerGuide, "available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, front and rear side airbags, knee airbags, and curtain side airbags" on the BMW 7-Series 2009 line.
One of the most important safety aspects when driving a vehicle like the BMW 7-Series is how conscious you are of the road, and no car can match the 2009 BMW 7-Series for driver awareness. One of the BMW 7-Series' optional features, according to Automobile Magazine, is "Active Blind Spot Detection and Lane Change Warning," which "uses radar sensors in the rear bumpers to see around two hundred feet behind the vehicle to determine if a vehicle is in, or is approaching, the 7-Series from behind in a neighboring lane." A Lane Departure Warning system also monitors the road ahead and alerts the driver if they are about to leave their lane without signaling. Motor Trend reviewers rave about some of the BMW 7-Series' safety technology, attesting that it features "a new night-vision system that can alert the driver to a pedestrian's presence," while "other notable safety features new to the 7 include a head-up display that is easily legible." Perhaps the most highly rated new system is the optional "sideview camera system" that Motor Trend reports "lets the driver view oncoming traffic when trying to enter a road from, say, an alley or garage exit."
The 2009 BMW 7-Series pulls out every trick in the book—and creates some new ones—to keep safe on the road.