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BMW 5 series

2004-10 models

FRONTAL OFFSET TEST

OVERALL EVALUATION: Good

Structure/safety cage Injury measures Restraints/dummy kinematics
Head/neck Chest Leg/foot, left Leg/foot, right
Good Good Good Good Acceptable Good

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Test details:

The BMW 5 series was redesigned for the 2004 model year.

Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof rail.

Injury measures — Measures taken from the head, neck, chest, and left leg indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low.

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Left to right:

  • Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.
  • The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well.
  • Smeared pink and red greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the roof rail during rebound. Head acceleration from this hit was low.
  • Forces on the lower right leg were high enough to indicate the possibility of injury.

Additional features:

  • Side airbags: front and rear head tubular airbags and front door-mounted torso airbags (standard); rear door-mounted torso airbags (optional)
  • Electronic stability control
  • Antilock brakes
  • Programmable daytime running lights
  • Lane departure warning and prevention system (optional beginning with 2008 models)

Tested vehicle specifications:

  • 2004 BMW 545i 4-door
  • Class: Large luxury car
  • Weight: 3,832 lbs.
  • Side airbags: front and rear head tubular airbags and front door-mounted torso airbags
  • Wheelbase: 114 in.
  • Length: 191 in.
  • Width: 73 in.
  • Engine: 4.4 L V8
  • EPA ratings: 18 mpg city | 26 mpg highway

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Last updated: November 18, 2009

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