2016 BMW 5 Series  RealSafeCars86Safety Rating

#5 of 2016 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#20 of all 2016 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. Having better than average EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and pollution. Having more than average horsepower for its class, the 5 Series packs some oomph. 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 2016 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 2016 BMW 5 Series has a score of 86, implying a 0.034% chance of driver death (3.1% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.03%, and the chance of injury falls to 2.7%.

We estimate that the 2016 BMW 5 Series has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0344% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.9236%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0344% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.9236% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2016 BMW 5 Series is 28% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2016 BMW 5 Series is 33% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2016 BMW 5 Series offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 13%.


And it is safer than many comparable models.

9271Lexus GSCadillac XTSAcura RLXBuick EnvisionCadillac CTSINFINITI QX60Lexus RXAudi Q5M.-B. E-ClassBMW 5 SeriesVolvo S80Audi A6Comparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2016 BMW 5 Series with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 71 to 92. The 2016 BMW 5 Series is safer than the 2016 Lexus GS, the 2016 Cadillac XTS, the 2016 Acura RLX, the 2016 Buick Envision, the 2016 Cadillac CTS, the 2016 INFINITI QX60, the 2016 Audi A6, and the 2016 Volvo S80. It is about as safe as the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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