Like its smaller sibling, the BMW 5 Series sedan is engaging to drive, and it likewise delivers the goods in terms of vehicle safety. It earns Top Safety Pick+ status when equipped with the LED projector-type headlights that are included as part of the Lighting Package on 530 and 540i and 530 and 540xi models. These lights feature curve adaptive and include an auto high-beam function.

The base LED system is rated Marginal. Both the standard City Collision Mitigation auto-braking and the optional (as part of the Driver Assistance Plus II package) Extended Collision Mitigation system are rated Superior.