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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Five stars overall; four stars frontal; five stars side
'Good,' frontal, side, rear impact; 'good,' roof strength
The new 5-Series sedans also get an electronic limited-slip differential and a full array of systems to optimize the action of their four disc brakes.
Should the driver stumble, the 5-series’ many safety systems are at the ready.
Car and Driver
Since the changes to the 2014 BMW 5-Series lineup are quite light, and mostly cosmetic, it's likely that this sport sedan will maintain its excellent crash-test ratings.
The BMW 5-Series is one of the few luxury sport sedans, in fact, for which full crash-test results have been issued from both U.S. agencies that conduct crash tests. And altogether, they're good, but not perfect. The federal government gives the 5-Series a five-star overall rating, with top five-star ratings in all but frontal impact (four stars).
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awards it "good" scores in all performed tests, but since they haven't yet tested a 5er in the new small-overlap exercise, it's lost its Top Safety Pick award.
These are models that might just give you a better-than-typical chance of avoiding an accident. Accurate steering plus one of the best-tuned electronic stability control systems help these sedans be confidence-inspiring when the moment matters.
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.
The 2014 5-Series includes a full array 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.
Whether you value accident avoidance or occupant protection, the 2014 BMW 5-Series has a very good safety record.