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2017 BMW 5 series

Large luxury car
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
    G
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment

Headlights
G
with optional
equipment

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
A

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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2017
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2016
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2015
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2014
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2013
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
autobrake
not tested
2012
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
Crash avoidance rating
2002
G
Crash avoidance rating
2001
G
Crash avoidance rating
2000
G
Crash avoidance rating
1999
G
Crash avoidance rating
1998
G
Crash avoidance rating
1997
G
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2017 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The BMW 5 series was redesigned for the 2017 model year.

Structure

The driver space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 12 cm at the footrest. Upper interior intrusion measured 2-3 cm at the instrument panel and upper hinge pillar.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2017 BMW 540i 4-door
Weight 3,831 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 117 in.
Length 195 in.
Width 74 in.
Engine 3.0 L turbocharged 6-cylinder
EPA ratings 20 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1706
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 5
Footrest (cm) 12
Left toepan (cm) 11
Brake pedal (cm) 5
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 3
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 3
Upper dash (cm) 2
Lower instrument panel (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1706
Head
HIC-15 183
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 23
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm) 23
Femur (kN)
Left 0.5
Right 1.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.33
Right 0.49
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 3.0
Right 2.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 139
Right 80

Applies to 2017 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The BMW 5 series was redesigned for the 2017 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by BMW as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain airbag deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head contacted the side curtain airbag.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2017 BMW 540i 4-door
Weight 3,859 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 117 in.
Length 195 in.
Width 74 in.
Engine 3.0 L turbocharged 6-cylinder
EPA ratings 20 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1708
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 1
Left (cm) 1
Center (cm) 1
Right (cm) 1
Brake pedal (cm) 2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -2
Rearward (cm) -5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1708
Head
HIC-15 87
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 9
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm) 26
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.8
Femur force - right (kN) 0.7
Knee displacement - left (mm) 6
Knee displacement - right (mm) 3
Maximum tibia index - left 0.32
Maximum tibia index - right 0.37
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.2
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 46
Right 77

Applies to 2017 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The BMW 5 series was redesigned for the 2017 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by BMW as part of side crash test verification.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2017 BMW 540i 4-door
Weight 3,867 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 117 in.
Length 195 in.
Width 74 in.
Engine 3.0 L turbocharged 6-cylinder
EPA ratings 20 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1706
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-22.5

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1706
Head HIC-15 95
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 28
Lateral force (kN) 1.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 37
Average deflection (mm) 33
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.97
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.74
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.8
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.0
Combined force (kN) 1.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 76
A-P moment (Nm) -31

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1706
Head HIC-15 132
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 22
Lateral force (kN) 1.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 20
Average deflection (mm) 19
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 1.69
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.17
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.9
Acetabulum force (kN) 0.9
Combined force (kN) 1.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 50
A-P moment (Nm) 40

Applies to 2017 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 3,822 lbs
Peak force 20,991 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.49
Tested vehicle
2017 BMW 540i 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2017 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Power leather seat

How this test is conducted

Seat type Power leather seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 23
Distance below top of head (mm) -13
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 15.9
Head contact time (ms) 59
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 436

Applies to 2017 models

System details

  • Optional Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation

Package name

  • Optional Driving Assistance Plus Package

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment
6 points total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
3 points

Tested vehicle

2017 BMW 540i 4-door

How this rating is determined

Applies to 2017 models

System details

  • Optional Frontal Collision Warning with Extended Collision Mitigation

Package name

  • Optional Driver Assistance Plus II

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment
6 points total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
3 points

Tested vehicle

2017 BMW 540i 4-door

How this rating is determined

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available for this vehicle.
Trim level(s)
  • 530i trim equipped with Premium package
  • 540i trim equipped with Premium package
  • 530xi trim equipped with Premium package
  • 540xi trim equipped with Premium package
  • 530i trim equipped with Lighting package
  • 540i trim equipped with Lighting package
  • 530xi trim equipped with Lighting package
  • 540xi trim equipped with Lighting package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? Yes
Overall rating
G
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves, fair on the sharp left curve and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual left and both right curves and fair on the sharp left curve.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and all 4 curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • 530i trim
  • 540i trim
  • 530xi trim
  • 540xi trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating
M
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right curve, fair on the sharp right curve and inadequate on both left curves.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • 530i trim equipped with Premium package
  • 540i trim equipped with Premium package
  • 530xi trim equipped with Premium package
  • 540xi trim equipped with Premium package
  • 530i trim equipped with Lighting package
  • 540i trim equipped with Lighting package
  • 530xi trim equipped with Lighting package
  • 540xi trim equipped with Lighting package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2017 models
G
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 83.1 m None
Straightaway left edge 51.2 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 67.2 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 52.6 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 59.6 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 49.0 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 173.5 m
Straightaway left edge 151.4 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 90.1 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 81.9 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 68.5 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 61.4 m

Trim level(s)
  • 530i trim
  • 540i trim
  • 530xi trim
  • 540xi trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017 models
M
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 89.0 m None
Straightaway left edge 42.0 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 66.7 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 46.5 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 54.0 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 42.6 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 133.8 m
Straightaway left edge 97.2 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 69.0 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 58.4 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 55.3 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 47.3 m

Applies to 2017 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

A
Vehicle trim 540i
Seat type leather

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 49
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 51
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 51
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 49
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

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