BMW's 5 Series is securing its position as one of the safest cars on sale today, with the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) today announcing it has awarded the 5 Series its Top Safety Pick.

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This award acknowledges the best in all categories, with particular attention paid to a roll-over test, where roof strength is measured, along with a simulated side impact from an SUV - done with a 1.5-tonne deformable barrier which impacts the vehicle's side at a very high point.

So far, ANCAP, EuroNCAP and the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have all award the 5 Series the maximum five star safety rating, and the IIHS award - independent from the NHTSA - rounds out the BMW 5 Series accolades, including the Euro NCAP Advanced Award.

This award was given based on the 5 Series' Assist Advanced eCall, which in the event of a crash, uses BMW's ConnectedDrive to alert emergency services based on the severity and location of the car.