2018 BMW 5 Series  RealSafeCars86Safety Rating

#6 of 2018 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#27 of all 2018 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. Having more than average horsepower for its class, the 5 Series packs some oomph. The 5 Series provides exceptional fuel efficiency for its class, saving your wallet and the environment. The 5 Series 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 2018 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 2018 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 2.6%.

We estimate that the 2018 BMW 5 Series has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0344% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.9242%, 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 3.9242% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2018 BMW 5 Series is 28% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2018 BMW 5 Series is 33% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2018 BMW 5 Series offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.


But it is about as safe as many comparable models.

10063INFINITI Q70INFINITI QX60Acura RLXAudi A6M.-B. E-ClassBMW 5 SeriesBMW X5Acura MDXLexus RXVolvo S90Audi Q7BMW X3Comparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2018 BMW 5 Series with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 63 to 100. The 2018 BMW 5 Series is safer than the 2018 INFINITI Q70, the 2018 INFINITI QX60, the 2018 Acura RLX, and the 2017 Audi A6 and less safe than the 2018 Lexus RX, the 2018 Acura MDX, and the 2018 BMW X5. It is about as safe as the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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