Parkers overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 4.8

The M5 is an incredibly safe car. Although it hasn't been crash tested by Euro NCAP, the standard 5-Series saloon on which it is based scored the maximum five star rating. The M5 is fitted with driver, passenger, front and side airbags, Dynamic Stability Control Plus which is linked to the anti-lock brakes, Cornering Brake Control, Dynamic Brake Control, brake assistant, brake fade compensation and brake disc drying.

The front head restraints have anti-whiplash protection.

The M5 offers identical practicality to the standard 5-Series model. Visibility is pretty good in the 5-Series and the standard front and rear parking sensors are very useful. We would add the rear camera as an option as it makes parking in town a cinch. In terms of load-carrying ability, the boot has an overall capacity of 520 litres - slightly less than the main alternatives - but it's still useful thanks to a wide boot opening.

Storage space is ample: the glovebox is of a decent size and there’s twin cupholders up front. A small downside is that the door pockets are quite narrow and have little depth.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW 5-Series M5 (11-16).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Audio remote
  • DVD
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats

M5 equipment

M5 standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
M5 optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Sports seats

M5 30 Jahre Edition equipment

M5 30 Jahre Edition standard equipment
  • DVD
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
M5 30 Jahre Edition optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint

M5 M Performance Edition equipment

M5 M Performance Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sports seats
M5 M Performance Edition optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Metallic Paint