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Kez Casey | Apr 13, 2017

It’s a case of high-fives all-round with the 2017 BMW 5 Series scoring the maximum 5 star safety rating from crash test authority the Australiasian New Car Assesment Program (ANCAP)

The rating applies to the 520d variant, with crash tests conducted by Euro NCAP and scores adjusted to reflect the 5 Series' Australian specifications.

2017 BMW 5 Series
2017 BMW 5 Series

The most important change concerns a driver’s knee airbag, which is fitted as standard in Europe, but isn’t available on the 5 Series locally. That difference in specification has led to the 5 Series scoring a ‘Marginal’ rating for upper leg protection to the driver.

“Equivalent European models are fitted with a driver knee airbag, yet here in Australia we’ve again seen a car brand change the safety specification of a global vehicle provided for our market,” ANCAP CEO James Goodwin said.

“The 520d is equipped with a strong list of advanced driver assistance features including a top performing autonomous emergency braking system,” he said.

Adult occupant protection testing resulted in a score of 35.07 out of 38 points, and child occupant protection of 42.03 out of 49 points. Pedestrian protection was rated at 34.06 out of 42 points while safety assist systems tallied 7.1 out of 12 points.

Standard safety systems that fall on the ANCAP radar include autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, speed limit recognition, speed limiter, adaptive cruise control, and intersection collision warning. Lane departure warning is also fitted as standard in Australia, but not Europe, and is therefore untested.

MORE: BMW | 5 Series | ANCAP | Safety

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