2012 BMW 5 Series  RealSafeCars86Safety Rating

#1 of 2012 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#13 of all 2012 vehicles


Pictured: 2011 BMW 5 Series
The 5 Series, a mainstay of BMW's lineup for decades, is a large sedan/wagon with seating up to 5. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it handles mud, snow, and sand with ease. The 5 Series has offered Android Auto since 2021 and Apple CarPlay since 2017. Exceeding the average MPG (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and the carbon footprint. The BMW 5 Series has some real zest, surpassing typical horsepower for its class. BMW offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2012 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 2012 BMW 5 Series has a score of 86, implying a 0.034% chance of driver death (3.1% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2012 BMW 5 Series has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0343% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.9175%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0343% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.9175% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2012 BMW 5 Series is 28% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2012 BMW 5 Series is 33% less likely to result in a fatal accident.


And it is safer than many comparable models.

9864INFINITI M-37Acura RLLincoln MKXINFINITI GAcura ZDXVolvo C70Volkswagen TouaregBMW 5 SeriesLexus RXVolvo S80M.-B. E-ClassAudi A6Comparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2012 BMW 5 Series with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 64 to 98. The 2012 BMW 5 Series is safer than the 2012 INFINITI M-37, the 2012 Acura RL, the 2012 Lincoln MKX, the 2012 INFINITI G, the 2012 Acura ZDX, the 2012 Volvo C70, and the 2012 Audi A6 and less safe than the 2012 Volkswagen Touareg. It is about as safe as the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the 2012 Volvo S80, and the 2012 Lexus RX.

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