On sale now at BMW dealerships, the 2016 5 Series received four stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test and five stars in the rollover crash test.
The test is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole.
Standard safety equipment for the 2016 BMW 5 Series includes stability and traction control, antilock brakes, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints.
The braking system also periodically wipes the brake rotors dry in wet conditions and automatically snugs the brake pads to the rotors in preparation when you abruptly lift off the throttle. Also standard are the BMW Assist and Remote Services emergency communications systems, which include automatic crash notification, an SOS button, remote door unlock and stolen vehicle recovery.
Parking sensors and a rearview camera are standard on the 550i and optional on other models. An upgraded side- and top-view parking camera system is optional.
The Driver Assistance Plus package includes a blind-spot warning system, a lane-departure warning system and a forward-collision warning system with automatic braking. There is also the Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection system that uses an infrared sensor to detect people and objects outside of headlight range.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers keeping score should note that the 2016 Audi A6 and Cadillac CTS also earned the highest five-star safety rating from NHTSA. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class earned a four-star overall safety rating.