BMW 530e hybrid reliability & safety

Safety and reliability are both BMW 5 Series strong points, and the 530e is no different

Euro NCAP rating Adult protection rating Child protection rating Safety assist rating
5 stars 91% 85% 59%

The BMW 5 Series did well in our 2018 Driver Power survey, being rated the best executive car overall, and coming 21st out of 75 models rated. Safety standards are very good, but there are some optional driver aids that you might be tempted to add.

BMW 530e hybrid reliability & problems

The BMW 530e has only been out for a year, but it fared well for reliability and build quality in the Driver Power survey, and was rated the best executive car to own overall.


Safety isn’t a concern with the BMW 5 Series. It was awarded the maximum five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests, and managed impressive scores of 91% for adult occupant protection, 85% for child occupant safety and 81% in the pedestrian protection category.

An optional Driving Assistant pack adds a lane-departure warning system and alerts for nearby traffic as you reverse out of a parking space.

This can even be upgraded to Driving Assistant Plus, with active cruise control and autonomous emergency braking, although it’s a shame BMW can’t offer more of this advanced technology as standard – particularly the autonomous braking feature.

A tyre-inflation kit is standard on the 530e, while run-flat tyres are optional. The 530e also has an ‘eDrive exterior sound’ – where the car emits a sound at low speeds to warn pedestrians – as a no-cost option.