Major improvement in the small overlap test
The 2017 BMW 5 Series nabbed a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The redesigned luxury car achieved “Good” scores in all five crash tests, including the prickly small overlap evaluation that replicates what happens when a car hits a tree or pole at 40 mph (64 km/h). Measurements taken on the crash dummy indicated a low risk of significant injuries for a similar small overlap crash in the real world. Last year, the 5 Series received a “Marginal” score in this category, and IIHS concluded the driver in such a crash would likely suffer injuries to the lower left leg and possibly the left foot.
Like the previous model, the 2017 BMW 5 Series achieved a front crash prevention score of “Superior.” The model features two different optional front crash prevention systems, and both earned this highest possible score. Thanks to its autobrake technology, the model completely avoided collisions at test speeds of 12 mph (19 km/h) and 25 mph (40 km/h).
In the difficult headlight evaluation, the 5 Series scored a “Good” rating, but only when equipped with the optional Lighting or Premium package. To qualify for a 2017 TSP+ award, a vehicle must earn “Good” ratings in all crash tests, an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating in front crash prevention, and headlights deemed “Acceptable” or “Good.”