BMW’s new 5-series range has run into trouble in the crucial Euro NCAP crash tests. According to an inside source, the initial tests would have led to the car being given a low three-star rating. The source claimed that the car’s problem was ‘structural’ rather than a series of minor problems.

BMW denied this but admitted that the 5-series has been crash-tested. However, BMW has ‘agreed’ with Euro NCAP that the tests were hampered by ‘inconsistencies’. The impact tests are likely to be re-run in the near future.

‘We genuinely hope for, and expect, a five-star rating,’ a BMW spokesman told Autocar.