The BMW 5-Series is one of the few luxury sport sedans for which full crash-test results have been issued from both U.S. agencies.
Overall, they're great, with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) naming the 5-Series sedans a Top Safety Pick, and the federal government giving them a five-star overall rating, with top five-star ratings in all but frontal impact (four stars).
In addition to the usual roster of airbags, rear side bags are optional, and the 5-Series has a number of high-tech safety extras. An Active Blind Spot Detection system, a Lane Departure Warning system, Xenon Adaptive Headlights with automatic high beams, and a new second-generation night-vision system with pedestrian detection are all available and might further increase safety. The brakes now have composite front rotors, and electronic aids such as Brake Fade Compensation, Brake Standby, and Brake Drying help performance in certain situations.
Accurate steering plus one of the best-tuned electronic stability control systems make these sedans more confidence inspiring in the 5-Series when the moment matters.