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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
night-vision system "can alert the driver to a pedestrian's presence
Neither NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) nor the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has crash-tested the 2010 BMW 7-Series. We're giving it the benefit of the doubt, but our high safety score will change as new data becomes available.
The 7-Series' safety gear earns the big number. It includes front, side, and side-curtain airbags; rear-seat head protection airbags; active head restraints on the front seats; and knee airbags. Stability and traction control are standard, along with anti-lock brakes. A 180-degree camera, a rearview camera, and parking sensors help the 7-Series steer out of parking spots.
On the options list, there's a Driver Assistance Package with blind-spot detection; a lane-departure warning system that vibrates the steering wheel when the car drifts from its lane; and automatic high beams. We're less sold on the 7-Series' head-up display, which projects speeds, navigation instructions, and other functions into the driver's view. And you too might be surprised that the AWD versions of the big sedan has Hill Descent Control standard-for those downhills in icy, messy weather, not for off-roading-with an option for night vision and active cruise control.
ConsumerGuide: "available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, front and rear side airbags, knee airbags, and curtain side airbags"
Motor Trend: head-up display "is easily legible"
Motor Trend: sideview camera "lets the driver view oncoming traffic when trying to enter a road from, say, an alley or garage exit"
The 2010 BMW 7-Series pulls out every trick in the book-and creates some new ones-to keep safe on the road.