2004 BMW 5 series

large luxury car / 4-door sedan

2004 BMW 5 series 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

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

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2004-10 models

Tested vehicle: 2004 BMW 545i 4-door

The BMW 5 series was redesigned for the 2004 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver 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.

Smeared pink and red greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the roof rail during rebound. Head acceleration from this hit was low.

Forces on the lower right leg were high enough to indicate the possibility of injury.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0409
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 ID CEF0409
Head
HIC-15 258
Peak gs at hard contact 18
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 - left 0.45
Maximum tibia index - right 0.92
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 64
Right 56

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2004-08 models built before September 2007

Seat type: Comfort seats AHR manufactured before Sept 2007

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Comfort seats AHR manufactured before Sept 2007
Geometry
Backset (mm) 60
Distance below top of head (mm) 16
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 9.9
Head contact time (ms) 64
Force rating 2
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 95
Max neck tension (N) 761

Rating applies to 2004-08 models built before September 2007

Seat type: Base seats manufactured before Sept 2007

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Base seats manufactured before Sept 2007
Geometry
Backset (mm) 85
Distance below top of head (mm) 14
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 14.0
Head contact time (ms) 103
Force rating 3
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 230
Max neck tension (N) 750

Rating applies to 2004-06 models

Seat type: Sport seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Sport seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 108
Distance below top of head (mm) 18
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 0.0
Head contact time (ms)
Force rating 0
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)
Max neck tension (N)

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted