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 assistance rating
5 stars (2017) 91% 85% 59%

The BMW 5 Series did well in our sister title Auto Express' 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 should really be standard on this level of car.

BMW 530e hybrid reliability & problems

The BMW 530e had only been on sale for just over a year at the time, but it fared well for reliability and build quality in that 2018 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.

It didn't do so well in the Safety Assist category as it's a bit light on standard advanced driver aids. Although basic autonomous emergency braking and cruise control are standard, you have to add an optional Driving Assistant pack to get lane-departure warning, and alerts for oncoming traffic as you reverse out of a parking space.

This can even be upgraded further to Driving Assistant Plus, which adds active cruise control and autonomous emergency braking that senses pedestrians and bikes as well as cars.

A tyre-inflation kit is standard on the 530e while run-flat tyres are optional, but there's no space saver tyre available. 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.