2011 BMW 5 Series  RealSafeCars86Safety Rating

#1 of 2011 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#11 of all 2011 vehicles


The 5 Series, a mainstay 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. Strong on technology, it has offered Android Auto since 2021 and Apple CarPlay since 2017. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it bypasses mud and snow with ease. BMW offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2011 BMW 5 Series is above average 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 2011 BMW 5 Series has a score of 86, implying a 0.034% chance of driver death (3% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2011 BMW 5 Series has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0336% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.8339%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0336% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.8339% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2011 BMW 5 Series is 30% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2011 BMW 5 Series is 35% less likely to result in a fatal accident.


And it is safer than many comparable models.

9358Cadillac STSINFINITI M-37Lexus GSAcura RLVolvo S60INFINITI GBMW 5 SeriesM.-B. E-ClassVolvo S80Lexus ES-350Audi A6Saab 95Comparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2011 BMW 5 Series with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 58 to 93. The 2011 BMW 5 Series is safer than the 2011 Cadillac STS, the 2011 INFINITI M-37, the 2011 Lexus GS, the 2011 Acura RL, the 2011 Volvo S60, the 2011 INFINITI G, the 2011 Saab 95, the 2011 Audi A6, and the 2011 Lexus ES-350. It is about as safe as the 2011 Volvo S80 and the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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