But safety testers really aren't happy with Fiat.
The seventh-generation BMW 5 Series has secured a maximum five-star rating from the European New Car Assessment Program in the latest round of crash tests. The executive saloon received a 91 percent rating in adult occupant safety, while child occupant safety stood at 85 percent.
In the pedestrian safety evaluation, the executive car was rated at 81 percent, prompting Euro NCAP to say the BMW 'particularly impressed' in this area thanks to its standard active bonnet and 'Person Warning' system equipped with city braking function. Euro NCAP also praised the 5 Series’ autonomous braking technology by mentioning it effectively helps the driver avoid a crash with another car or a pedestrian.
The car used for the test was a 2017 520d in left-hand-drive specification, which received a 59 percent score during the Safety Assist evaluation. This test takes into account factors such as speed assistance (speed limiter), seat belt reminder, and the autonomous emergency braking function.
The new 5 Series wasn’t the only car crash-tested by Euro NCAP; the organisation also analysed the Fiat Doblo in the facelifted guise introduced back in 2015. Considering the second generation has been around since 2010, it doesn’t come as a big surprise it only grabbed three stars. As such, it reveals “the car’s true age and highlights the lack of ambition to compete on safety with other, more modern competitors in the segment". Ouch.
Euro NCAP expects the vehicle’s sister models, the Opel/Vauxhall Combo, to receive a poorer rating as these two have not received the Doblo’s facelift. That being said, “Opel have their eyes fixed on the future,” according to representatives of the voluntary vehicle safety rating program based in Brussels, Belgium.
Gallery: 2017 BMW 5 Series Euro NCAP Crash Test
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Brussels, 12th April 2017 – Today, Euro NCAP releases the test results of two new cars. The BMW 5 Series gets a top five-star safety rating and FIAT’s made-over Doblò gets three stars.
Launched late last year, the seventh-generation BMW 5 Series continues its successful track record in Euro NCAP’s Executive Car segment. The car showed good all-round performance in crash protection and avoidance tests thanks to its new platform, body and updated safety features. Track tests demonstrated that the autonomous braking system can effectively assist the driver in avoiding or mitigating critical rear-end crashes with other cars and pedestrians. With an 81 percent score, the 5-series particularly impressed in pedestrian safety through its standard-fit “Person Warning” system and active bonnet.
Thirteen years after the tests on the original FIAT Doblò, Euro NCAP has taken another look at the versatile small MPV. The latest generation Doblò was already introduced in 2010 and is also sold by Opel and Vauxhall brands as Combo. The version tested by Euro NCAP is the 2015 Doblò facelift that includes, apart from small safety updates, cosmetic upgrades aimed at extending the lifecycle of the car. The three-star Euro NCAP safety rating, however, reveals the car’s true age and highlights the lack of ambition to compete on safety with other, more modern competitors in the segment. The Opel/Vauxhall Combo has not received a similar facelift, so would be expected to end up with even fewer stars, but Opel have their eyes fixed on the future.
Euro NCAP’s Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen, said, “FIAT’s line-up now features several cars that have been on the market for a long time and their safety is well behind the class leaders. Opel have made a clear decision not to implement the changes that FIAT made to get to a three-star rating, but instead have focussed their attention on a complete new Combo, that is being co-developed with Opel’s new owners, PSA, and which Euro NCAP expects to test early next year. In this release, however, BMW has led the way with a new 5 Series that features lots of driver assistance systems which Euro NCAP believes will transform safety in the years to come.”