BMW 5 Series Touring estate - Reliability & safety

The BMW 5 Series Touring is available with a vast amount of safety technology

Carbuyer Rating

4.8 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

4.5 out of 5

The saloon version of the BMW 5 Series was awarded five stars in Euro NCAP crash-testing shares the same sophisticated safety features as the Touring model. As the 5 Series Touring is so new, there isn’t any concrete information on reliability yet, but the performance of old 5 Series models in previous annual Driver Power surveys is reassuring.

BMW 5 Series Touring reliability

BMW finished 27th out of 30 manufacturers in our 2020 Driver Power poll, ahead of Mercedes (in 28th place) - demonstrating that the ‘premium’ German brands have considerable room for improvement. The 5 Series itself finished in 40th place out of 75 cars in the best cars to own category, demonstrating that 5 Series owners are generally positive about the model.


When the new 5 Series saloon underwent crash safety testing by independent experts Euro NCAP, it was awarded a five-star rating, with an excellent adult occupancy safety score of 91%. An 85% score was given for the way child occupants were protected. The organisation was also impressed by the effectiveness of the car’s autonomous emergency braking system.

This is part of a Driving Assistant pack, which also includes a lane-departure warning system and rear cross-traffic alert, which functions to prevent a collision during reversing manoeuvres. Spending extra cash turns this kit into the Driving Assistant Plus, which adds features like adaptive cruise control for semi-autonomous driving.

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