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2014 BMW 5 series

Large luxury car

Crashworthiness
Front crash
prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment
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  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Driver and front passenger knee airbags: separate airbags in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
4
Electronic stability control
5
Antilock brakes
6
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 2011-14 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 2011 model year. 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 rebounded into the side curtain airbag.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2011 BMW 535i 4-door
Weight 4,090 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase117 in.
Length193 in.
Width73 in.
Engine3.0-liter turbocharged 6-cylinder
EPA ratings19 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1004
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)1
Left (cm)1
Center (cm)1
Right (cm)1
Brake pedal (cm)2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)1
Rearward (cm)-1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1004
Head
HIC-15155
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm)9
Maximum Nij 0.22
Chest maximum compression (mm)34
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.0
Femur force - right (kN)1.5
Knee displacement - left (mm)3
Knee displacement - right (mm)6
Maximum tibia index - left0.38
Maximum tibia index - right0.54
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left52
Right55

Applies to 2011-14 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 2011 model year.

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 vehicle2011 BMW 528i 4-door
Weight 3,840 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase117 in.
Length193 in.
Width73 in.
Engine3.0-liter 6-cylinder
EPA ratings22 mpg city / 32 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES1009
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.
-19.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES1009
Head HIC-15248
Neck
Tension (kN)0.8
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)47
Lateral force (kN)1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)38
Average deflection (mm)32
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.06
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.70
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.1
Acetabulum force (kN)1.9
Combined force (kN)2.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.2
L-M moment (Nm)128
A-P moment (Nm) 58

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES1009
Head HIC-15184
Neck
Tension (kN)0.4
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)23
Lateral force (kN)1.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)20
Average deflection (mm)15
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)1.90
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.16
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.7
Acetabulum force (kN)0.6
Combined force (kN)1.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.5
L-M moment (Nm)59
A-P moment (Nm) -42

Applies to 2011-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,803 lbs
Peak force15,364 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio4.04
Tested vehicle
Rating does not apply to 6-cylinder 4-wheel drive, hybrid, and all V8 models. Rating of these models is Acceptable.
2011 BMW 528i 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 2011-14 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

Comfort Seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeComfort Seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)52
Distance below top of head (mm)4
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)12.8
Head contact time (ms)58
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)0
Max neck tension (N)215

Applies to 2011-14 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

Standard Seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeStandard Seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)28
Distance below top of head (mm)-10
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)13.4
Head contact time (ms)62
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)18
Max neck tension (N)352

Applies to 2014-15 models

System details

  • Optional Collision Warning with braking function

Package name

  • Optional Driver Assistance Plus/ACC Stop & Go + Active Driving Assistant

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, impact speed was reduced by 24 mph.
3 points

Tested vehicle

2014 BMW 535i xDrive 4-door 4wd

How this rating is determined

Applies to 2014-15 models

System details

  • Optional Collision Warning with City Braking function

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
with optional
equipment
3 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, impact speed was reduced by 9 mph.
1 point

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 7 mph.
1 point

Tested vehicle

2014 BMW 535i 4-door

How this rating is determined

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