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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

A four-star Euro NCAP crash test score is below average when rivals from Audi, Mercedes and Lexus have achieved five, but the BMW does have six airbags (two more are optional) plus every electronic aid is fitted as standard. The head-up display means you don't even need to take your eyes off the road while adaptive headlights that turn with the steering to illuminate round bends, night vision and other safety features can be selected from the options list.

The 5-Series saloon offers approximately 520-litres of boot space, which although useful, is slightly smaller than the Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6 - although it's larger than the Lexus GS. It's important to note that folding seats don't come as standard so you'll have to pay extra if you want to carry larger items.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW 5-Series Saloon (03-10).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • 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
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Standard Trim optional equipment
None available

M Sport equipment

M Sport standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
M Sport optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim

M Sport Business Edition equipment

M Sport Business Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
M Sport Business Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD Multichanger
  • Metallic Paint
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
SE optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

SE Business Edition equipment

SE Business Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
SE Business Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD Multichanger
  • Metallic Paint

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Sport optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint

Euro NCAP Rating

The BMW 5-Series Saloon (03-10) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 4 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Pedestrian - 1 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.