Update - This story is developing. BMW has confirmed that Australian-market 5 Series and 7 Series models are indeed equipped with driver's knee airbags, despite ANCAP's report. We'll update this story again as details clear up
The all-new 2017 BMW 5 Series has been awarded a full five-star safety rating from independent crash-testing authority ANCAP - though, for the time-being, the rating applies only to the 520d variant.
Scoring 35.07 points out of a possible 38 (92 per cent), the 5 Series impressed with its strong results across the board for occupant protection.
"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 CEO, James Goodwin.
It's worth noting the assessed risk of a serious head injury to adult occupants was rated low in all tests. However, there was an injury risk to the driver's upper leg due to the omission of a driver's knee airbag, meaning the 520d only managed a 'Marginal' score in that test.
"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,” Goodwin said.
The 5 Series also performed well in the areas of driver assistance, including top marks for its autonomous emergency braking (AEB
) system, while standard equipment in this area includes adaptive cruise control, intersection collision warning, intelligent speed zone recognition and speed limiter.
ANCAP's five-star safety rating stamp for the 2017 BMW
5 Series only applies to the 520d variant for now, with other versions of the Bavarian large sedan still currently unrated.