2021 BMW 5 Series  RealSafeCars83Safety Rating

#20 of 2021 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#59 of all 2021 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 5 Series provides exceptional fuel efficiency for its class, saving your wallet and the environment. It has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it can easily bypass mud and snow. BMW offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2021 BMW 5 Series is 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 2021 BMW 5 Series has a score of 83, implying a 0.038% chance of driver death (3.4% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.033%, and the chance of injury falls to 2.9%.

We estimate that the 2021 BMW 5 Series has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0381% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.3508%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0381% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.3508% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 BMW 5 Series is 21% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2021 BMW 5 Series is 26% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2021 BMW 5 Series offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.

Active safety features with BMW's Active Driving Assistant greatly enhance occupant safety by reducing the likelihood of a crash. The following active safety systems are included even on lower trims/versions of the 2021 BMW 5 Series: Emergency Brake Assist, Lane-Change Warning with Lane-Change Assist, and Blind Spot Monitoring.

Some safety features still may make a vehicle safer, even if not at the forefront of technological advances. Side mirror turn signals are standard on the BMW 5 Series. They alert other vehicles of your intention to switch lanes, which allows the other vehicle's driver to prevent an impending accident with you. Standard Automatic High Beams automatically switches high beam headlights off when oncoming traffic is approaching and turns them back on when there aren't any vehicles ahead. Cornering Headlights / Leveling Head Lamps, which is standard on the 2021 BMW 5 Series, points headlights towards the direction that the vehicle is heading, even on turns.


And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

10067Lexus GSAcura RLXBMW 5 SeriesCadillac XT5A. A4 Allroad (Wagon)BMW X3BMW X5Volvo S90Lincoln AviatorAudi A6Lexus RXM.-B. E-ClassComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 BMW 5 Series with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 67 to 100. The 2021 BMW 5 Series is safer than the 2020 Lexus GS and the 2020 Acura RLX and less safe than the 2021 Audi A4 Allroad (Wagon), the 2021 BMW X3, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the 2021 Lexus RX, the 2021 Audi A6, the 2021 Lincoln Aviator, the 2020 Volvo S90, and the 2021 BMW X5.

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