Top Safety Pick

2011 BMW 5 series

large luxury car / 4-door sedan

Award applies only to vehicles Except 4-wheel drive and V8 models

2011 BMW 5 series 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning

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.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2011-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 BMW 535i 4-door

The BMW 5 series was redesigned for the 2011 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was not maintained well.

Intrusion of the door hinge pillar, footrest, and instrument panel contributed to a high risk of injury to the left lower leg and a moderate risk to the left foot.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2011-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 BMW 535i 4-door

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.

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

Side

Rating applies to 2011-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 BMW 528i 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The BMW 5 series was redesigned for the 2011 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2011-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 BMW 528i 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,803 lbs
Peak force 15,364 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.04

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2011-14 models

Seat type: Standard Seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry

Rating applies to 2011-14 models

Seat type: Comfort Seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry