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      05-14-2017, 08:51 PM   #1
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IIHS Crash Test: The new 5 series is one of the safest cars avaialble

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The G30 5 Series has "across-the-board good crashworthiness, an optional front crash prevention system with a superior rating, and available good-rated headlights." It's earned a Top Safety Pick + award – the highest rating that the organization bestows.

The new 5 isn't the only model in BMW's lineup to earn the distinction, either. Both the 2 Series and 3 Series earned the "plus" rating, while the X1 got the next-best Top Safety Pick award (as did the Mini Cooper). The only other midsize luxury sedan (which the IIHS groups together with larger ones) to earn the plus rating is the Genesis G80. The Audi A6, Infiniti Q70, and Volvo S90 (somewhat surprisingly) all earned Top Safety Pick awards (sans the “plus”), with the Mercedes E-Class even more surprisingly having missed out altogether.


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      05-15-2017, 01:55 AM   #2
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nice result, but we should not expect any less .
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M models don't get tested?
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Hope this means better insurance rates
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M models don't get tested?
They don't test M models because a car needs to sell enough for them to consider viable to test. The base 5-series is expected to sell in greater numbers so unfortunately you only get an idea. Which sucks cause the M cars tend to be much different under the hood and other components.

Otherwise BMW has a winner in their hands here
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Hope this means better insurance rates
Hopefully because they are going up, like it or not. Only two US insurance companies made a profit last year due to such heavy losses.

Our newfound multitasking heavily distracted drivers have paved the way for a steady increase in premiums.

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Hopefully because they are going up, like it or not. Only two US insurance companies made a profit last year due to such heavy losses.

Our newfound multitasking heavily distracted drivers have paved the way for a steady increase in premiums.

I guess Autonomous driving is coming just in time huh. Matter of fact insurance rates should actually plummet as autonomous eventually starts to deploy in numbers as the safety rate for those cars will greatly exceed that of human drivers.

Unfortunately, this is also very bad for insurance companies as their rates will come down which means less revenue (but fewer claims). However most insurance co's don't always shoot for an underwriting profit. They look for free float of premiums to invest elsewhere (this is how Buffett crushed the markets with Geico's free and ever growing float). As revenues go down so will the free float to invest and they will make less money. Either way the underwriters today and tomorrow will be same as always and run at small loss, breakeven or small gain on the insurance part. It's the investment piece where all the hay is made

I'm glad to see the new 5's have fared this well though. I'm looking at the M550i to replace my F10 M5. Still waiting to drive one with adaptive suspension so I can compare it to my true M. If it doesn't hold up next to my M in that regard I'll have to wait for the new M5 which requires patience! I didn't realize they don't crash test the M's as pointed out above by another poster?
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Hope this means better insurance rates
Wouldn't we all love that! Ins companies would just find other reasons to keep rates the same..."more expensive to fix"...but would be nice if rates dropped!
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Wouldn't we all love that! Ins companies would just find other reasons to keep rates the same..."more expensive to fix"...but would be nice if rates dropped!
They will double the premium after the accident/speed tickets or simple increase the premium by 10% on the renewal quote. They always increase the price no matter what.
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It's a shame that the test vehicles have the full digital dash but the production units don't.....
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It's interesting that the windows are moving up immediately after crashing. Wondering if it's designed to be like this for some safety reason, or it's just the crash triggered the circuit by accident.
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Very good to hear
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I would have thought it would be worthwhile also simulating an offset rear impact aswell.that would mimick someone crashing into you on say a freeway/motorway at speed that's trying to steer out of the way.

i would like to think that BMW test this internally but we rarely see any of those videos.
I hope they test beyond what governments and euroncap / IIHS test on as well.
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Agreed this held up well but we should expect this. This level of safety should be absolutely standard.
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M models don't get tested?
Same chassis. A base 5 series crash test suffices for all variants in the 5er lineup; same applies for all other models.
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It's interesting that the windows are moving up immediately after crashing. Wondering if it's designed to be like this for some safety reason, or it's just the crash triggered the circuit by accident.
It is a part of the crash safety system. I believe all European cars do this. Just like some of them turn the 4 way flashers one when it has been in a wreck.
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