All versions of the 5 Series Touring come with a minimum of six airbags and a host of electronic driver aids, including stability control. Automatic emergency braking, with pedestrian detection, is also standard, to reduce the chances of you accidently running into the car in front.
Optional safety kit includes lane departure warning, automatic high-beam assist for the headlights, a driver fatigue detection and speed limit recognition. We’d recommend considering the Driving Assistant option, which bundles together all of the key active safety aids for a very reasonable price.
Euro NCAP obviously thought this was all good stuff, because the 5 Series (both the saloon and Touring) scored a maximum five stars. An E-Class narrowly betters it for adult protection, but the 5 Series in turn beats that car in child and pedestrian protection scores.
An alarm, engine immobiliser, deadlocks (which prevent a door being opened, even if the window is smashed) and locking wheel nuts are fitted to every 5 Series to ward off thieves. Security experts Thatcham Research awarded the car five out of five for its resistance to being stolen and four out of five for its resistance to being broken into.
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