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2005 BMW 5 series

Large luxury car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    A
Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
See below for ratings based on manufacture date.
2004 BMW 5 series shown
2004 BMW 5 series shown
1
Side airbags: front and rear head tubular airbags and front door-mounted torso airbags (standard); rear door-mounted torso airbags (optional)
2
Electronic stability control
3
Antilock brakes
4
Programmable daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
G
G
G
G
2013
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
G
2010
G
M
G
2009
G
M
G
2008
G
M
G
2007
G
A
2006
G
A
2005
G
A
2004
G
A
2003
G
2002
G
2001
G
2000
G
1999
G
1998
G
1997
G

Applies to 2004-10 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
A
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 2004 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, chest, and left leg indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof rail.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2004 BMW 545i 4-door
Weight 3,832 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head tubular airbags and front door-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase114 in.
Length191 in.
Width73 in.
Engine4.4 L V8
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0409
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)3
Left (cm)4
Center (cm)4
Right (cm)5
Brake pedal (cm)5
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)1
Right (cm)2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-4
Rearward (cm)-2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0409
Head
HIC-15258
Peak gs at hard contact18
Neck
Tension (kN)1.5
Extension bending moment (Nm)10
Maximum Nij 0.33
Chest maximum compression (mm)37
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.1
Femur force - right (kN)2.5
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.45
Maximum tibia index - right0.92
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left64
Right56

Applies to 2004-08 models built before September 2007

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

Seat type

Comfort seats (AHR)

How this test is conducted

Seat typeComfort seats (AHR)
Geometry
Backset (mm)60
Distance below top of head (mm)16
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)9.9
Head contact time (ms)64
Force ratingModerate
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)95
Max neck tension (N)761

Applies to 2004-08 models built before September 2007

Overall evaluation
P
Dynamic rating
P
Seat/head restraint geometry
A
Important: Head restraints & seats ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Base seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeBase seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)85
Distance below top of head (mm)14
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)14.0
Head contact time (ms)103
Force ratingHigh
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)230
Max neck tension (N)750

Applies to 2004-06 models

Overall evaluation
P
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
M
Important: Head restraints & seats ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Sport seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeSport seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)108
Distance below top of head (mm)18
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)
Head contact time (ms)
Force rating
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)
Max neck tension (N)

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