Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has conducted a safety review of the BMW M5, but in this case, it's acceptable to take a glance at the standard 5 Series' safety ratings. The NHTSA doesn't have any reviews of the 5 Series, but the IIHS gave the 2023 model top scores of 'Good' in all crashworthiness categories, while the 2022 model was given a Top Safety Pick+ award. Elsewhere, the LATCH system's ease of use and the headlights only received an 'Acceptable' rating but the crash-avoidance systems performed very well.
NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.
The M5 comes standard with lots of safety features. You get the usual rearview camera, traction and stability control, ABS brakes, pre-tensioning seatbelts, and six airbags, including curtain airbags for both rows. The M5 also ships standard with adaptive full-LED headlights.
On the driver-assistance side, it boasts fatigue warning, post-crash braking, fuel cut-off, crash preparation, lane-departure warning, active blind-spot assist, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, front-collision warning with pedestrian detection, city-collision mitigation, dynamic cruise control, parking sensors front and rear, and speed-limit information. An M-specific head-up display also makes it easier to keep your eyes on the road.
You can further elevate the safety levels by adding the $1,700 Driving Assistance Professional Package, consisting of the Active Driving Assistant Pro (essentially semi-autonomous hands-on driving with adaptive cruise control) that includes traffic jam assist, extended traffic jam assist for highway use, steering- and lane-control assistance, an evasion aid, and an emergency stop assistant.
If you intend to push the M5 to its limits on the track, you might want to consider the M carbon ceramic brakes but they go for a pricey $8,500.
|BMW M5 Sedan Trims||Sedan|
|Rear Parking Aid||S|
|Blind Spot Monitor||O|
|Lane Departure Warning||O|
|Lane Keeping Assist||O|
|Tire Pressure Monitor||S|
So far, the 2023 BMW M5 sedan has yet to be recalled and the 2022 model was recall-free as well. The 2021 model was recalled once for obscured images from the rearview camera. The latest M5 certainly doesn't seem to be saddled with the serious reliability concerns of the V10-engined E60 model.
Both the BMW M5 and regular 5 Series come standard with a four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, including drivetrain coverage and roadside assistance. As a bonus, BMW includes a three-year/36,000-mile maintenance plan.