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Parkers overall rating: 4.7 out of 5 4.7

BMW 5-Series safety is incredibly good and it scored the maximum five star rating in Euro NCAP testing. Along with a very rigid body structure it's fitted with driver, passenger, front and side airbags, Dynamic Stability Control Plus (DSC+) which includes stability control, traction control, cornering brake control, brake fade compensation and hill start assist.

The front head restraints have anti-whiplash protection plus there are two Isofix child seat mounting points in the rear so BMW 5 Series safety shouldn't be in question.

While visibility is pretty good in the 5 Series, the rear can be difficult to judge so it's reassuring that front and rear parking sensors come as standard - a rarity on executive saloons. There's also a rear parking camera that's available as an optional extra. 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 and large boot opening while an electric opening tailgate is available as an extra.

However, one downside is that split folding rear seats don't come as standard. BMW 5 Series practicality is still impressive however and there's plenty of storage on board with large door pockets, a considerable glovebox and twin cupholders that pop up from under a panel in front of the gear lever. The high central console (which is also an armrest) has a cubby concealed underneath but it's not very large.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW 5-Series Saloon (10-17).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • 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
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
Standard Trim optional equipment
None available

Efficient Dynamics equipment

Efficient Dynamics standard equipment
  • Front fog lights
Efficient Dynamics optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

Luxury equipment

Luxury standard equipment
  • Headlight washers
  • Sat Nav
Luxury optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sports seats

M Sport equipment

M Sport standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Sports seats
M Sport optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav

Modern equipment

Modern standard equipment
  • Headlight washers
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Modern optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Metallic Paint

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
SE optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav