2010 BMW 5 Series  RealSafeCars71Safety Rating

#43 of 2010 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#85 of all 2010 vehicles


Pictured: 2011 BMW 5 Series
The 5 Series, part of BMW's lineup for decades, is a large sedan/wagon with seating up to 5. The BMW 5 Series packs some potency, exceeding the average horsepower for its class. The 5 Series has offered Android Auto since 2021 and Apple CarPlay since 2017. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it handles mud, snow, and sand with ease. BMW offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2010 BMW 5 Series is somewhat unsafe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2010 BMW 5 Series has a score of 71, implying a 0.054% chance of driver death (4.8% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2010 BMW 5 Series has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0539% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 6.1535%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0539% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 6.1535% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2010 BMW 5 Series is 12% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2010 BMW 5 Series is 5% more likely to result in a fatal accident.


And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

9358Cadillac STSBMW X3BMW 5 SeriesLexus GSAcura RLLincoln MKXM.-B. E-ClassVolvo S80Acura MDXAudi A6Acura ZDXSaab 95Comparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2010 BMW 5 Series with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 58 to 93. The 2010 BMW 5 Series is safer than the 2010 Cadillac STS and less safe than the 2010 Acura RL, the 2010 Lincoln MKX, the 2010 Saab 95, the 2010 Acura ZDX, the 2010 Audi A6, the 2010 Acura MDX, the 2010 Volvo S80, and the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. It is about as safe as the 2010 BMW X3 and the 2010 Lexus GS.

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