Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

BMW 5 series 1998

520i , 4 door saloon

Test Date: Mar 2000

BMW 5 series crash test picture Crash Star Rating Crash Rating 4 Stars
Front-impact score
Side-impact score
Seat belt reminder
Total score
12 (75.0%)
14 (78.0%)
Pedestrian Star Rating Pedestrian Rating 1 Star
Pedestrian-test score 8 (22.0%)

Compare with other cars in the Executive Car category

BMW modified the 5-series after initial testing, chiefly because its front airbags fired late. Changes included a new airbag crash sensor, load-limiting front belts, and additional weld points in the footwell. Results given here are for upgraded cars which BMW says are on sale now. In the frontal impact, the driver's upper body was well protected, and the car meets side-impact legislation effective from October. The head protection airbag also worked well. Pedestrian protection was poor, however - the bonnet and bumper were judged to be particularly 'aggressive'.

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Adequate
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Marginal Driver left femur - Marginal
Driver right lower leg - Adequate Driver left lower leg - Adequate
Driver right foot - Adequate Driver left foot - Adequate
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Adequate
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Good
Passenger right lower leg - Good Passenger left lower leg - Good
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good
Side impact chest - Marginal
Side impact abdomen - Adequate
Side impact pelvis - Good
Green = Good Good
Yellow = Adequate Adequate
Orange = Marginal Marginal
Brown = Weak Weak
Red = Poor Poor

Rating applies from May 1998, VINs from WBADD11000BN64341