There used to be a time when earning five-star safety rating from EuroNCAP crash tests was a tall order even for the most high-tech mainstream manufacturer. But these days every single new model is capable of passing all the tests and achieving all starts, and then some! Some models like the new Alfa Giulietta even complies with next year’s standards! So in case you doubt it, the new generation BMW 5-Series is also a five-star car.
We’ve already told you about the new 5er’s brake intervention system, but there are a whole lot other safety features for preventing the crash in the first place, such as the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control). Another standard features, like the belt detection function for all seats and the Speed Limit Device also contribute to the active safety.
Also in case of an actual crash BMW makes sure you are fully protected thanks to the front and pelvis-thorax airbags as well as curtain head airbags for both seat rows. All seats are fitted with three-point automatic seat belts. The restraint systems are fitted with belt force limiters and the front seats also have a belt tensioner function. The front seats are also fitted as standard with active headrests which provide protection from cervical spine injury in the event of a rear impact. Depending on the type and intensity of the accident, the central safety electronics system triggers the most effective protection elements as appropriate. In addition, there are ISOFIX children’s seat attachments on the rear seats as well as the option to deactivate the passenger airbag – both as standard.
The new BMW 5-Series also has a rigid structure. Highly resilient bearer structures and generously sized and precisely defined deformation zones provide the basis for the passenger cell to be able to perform its function as a survival space for occupants in the event of serious collisions.