2019 BMW X5 Gets 5 Stars from European Crash Testing

The BMW X5 has earned the highest score possible in the NCAP European testing with 5 stars. This score once again defining the X5 as a leader in its segment in safety. You can see the full report and read the testing notes.

2019 BMW X5

Full report (PDF)

2019 BMW X5 NCAP Test Comments:

The passenger compartment of the X5 remained stable in the frontal offset test. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. However, the driver knee airbag was found not to have deployed correctly. The score for this body area was penalised and BMW were not allowed to demonstrate that structures in the dashboard did not present a risk of injury to occupants of different sizes and to those sitting in different positions. Accordingly, protection of the driver’s knee, femur and pelvis body.

In the frontal offset and side barrier tests, protection of the 6 and 10 year dummies was good or adequate for all critical body areas. The front passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. Clear information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag and the system was rewarded. All of the restraint types for which the X5 is designed could be properly installed and accommodated in the car except for one Group I child-seat in the optional third row seats, where the head restraint did not allow the restraint back to be properly reclined into its locking position.

The X5 has an ‘active’ bonnet. Sensors in the bumper detect when a pedestrian has been struck and actuators lift the bonnet, providing greater clearance to hard structures in the engine compartment. BMW showed that the system detected a variety of pedestrian statures.

The X5 has a seatbelt reminder system for the front and rear seats. The AEB system performed well or adequately in various tests of its functionality at highway speeds. A standard-fit lane-keep assist system helps to keep the car from drifting out of lane. The speed assistance system uses a camera and digital mapping to determine the local speed limit and the driver, allowing the driver to set the speed limiter appropriately.

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