1999 BMW 5 series

large luxury car / 4-door sedan

1999 BMW 5 series 4-door sedan
1997 BMW 5 series shown


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front

Other available safety features

  • Optional daytime running lights


  • G
  • A
  • M
  • P
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 1997-2003 models

Tested vehicle: 1997 BMW 540i 4-door

The BMW 5 series was redesigned for the 1997 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well.

There was only minimal intrusion into the driver footwell area.

Beginning with 1998 models, separate side airbags are designed to protect front-seat occupants' heads.