12 April 2017
The new BMW 520d has achieved the top 5 star ANCAP safety rating following completion of independent performance testing.
“The 520d has been assessed against the most stringent 2017 criteria, achieving high scores in the areas of Adult Occupant Protection, Child Occupant Protection and Pedestrian Protection,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin.
The risk of serious head injury to adult occupants was low with all tests revealing ‘Good’ results.
The injury risk to the upper legs of the driver was however rated as ‘Marginal’ with points deducted for the omission of a driver knee airbag.
“Equivalent European models are fitted with a driver knee airbag, yet here in Australia we’ve again seen a car brand change the safety specification of a global vehicle provided for our market,” Mr Goodwin said.
“The 520d is equipped with a strong list of advanced driver assistance features including a top performing autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system,” he said.
The AEB City system, which operates at low speeds typical of city driving, scored maximum points with complete avoidance of collision at all test speeds. The system also operates at highway speeds and can detect pedestrians and performed well, avoiding or mitigating collisions at most test speeds.
Adaptive cruise control (ACC), intersection collision warning, intelligent speed zone recognition and speed limiter are also standard features.
This rating applies to Australian 520d variants only. Other 5 Series variants are currently unrated.