ARLINGTON, Va. — After earning good ratings in all four safety evaluations by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the redesigned BMW 5 series achieves Top Safety Pick status among large cars. This is the first 5 series ever to earn the Top Safety Pick award, and the first BMW to achieve this since the Institute implemented a new rollover test requirement.
Top Safety Pick recognizes the vehicles that earn the highest ratings for front, side, rollover, and rear crash protection, and that have electronic stability control, which is standard on the 5 series.
The good rating for side impact protection is a significant improvement over the previous generation 5, which was rated only marginal in the same test. The Institute's side impact test represents a strike from an SUV or pickup.