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2003 BMW 5 series

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  • Moderate overlap front
    G
1997 BMW 5 series shown
1997 BMW 5 series shown
1
Side airbags: front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard, all model years); front head tubular airbags (standard, 1998-2003 models); rear seat-mounted torso airbags (optional, 1998-2003 models); rear head tubular airbags (optional, 2002-03 models)
2
Electronic stability control (optional on 1999 models and standard on 2000-03 models)
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights
Model year Front overlap SideRoof strengthHead restraints & seatsFront crash prevention
SmallModerate
2015
M
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 1997-2003 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 1997 model year.

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. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1997 BMW 540i 4-door
Weight 3,827 lbs.
Side airbagsfront seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase111 in.
Length188 in.
Width71 in.
Engine4.4 L V8
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)9
Left (cm)13
Center (cm)10
Right (cm)6
Brake pedal (cm)8
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)-4
Right (cm)-4
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)8
Rearward (cm)1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)3

Driver injury measures

Test ID
Head
HIC-15299
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm)17
Maximum Nij 0.28
Chest maximum compression (mm)37
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)2.4
Femur force - right (kN)3.2
Knee displacement - left (mm)1
Knee displacement - right (mm)1
Maximum tibia index - left0.72
Maximum tibia index - right0.26
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left100
Right58

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