The 2010 BMW 5 Series has been awarded a 5-Star crash safety rating by Euro NCAP, the European equivalent to the local Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).
Importantly for BMW, the new 5 Series is the German carmaker's first model to receive a score of 100 percent in the Euro NCAP testing regime.
On sale in Australia from this month, the all-new 5 Series includes front, side and side-curtain airbags among its standard safety features, along with active head restraints, seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters.
Dynamic Stability Control and a Speed Limit Device also figure as standard safety features, as well as Active Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go - stopping the car completely if needed and accelerating again when safe.
Pedestrian safety was also a priority in the design of the new 5 Series - a factor that contributed to the model's 100 percent score. BMW's engineers developed elaborate body elements with yielding structures at the front, and an active bonnet designed to reduce the risk of serious injury to pedestrians and cyclists.