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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
"Good" in all tests.
In Edmunds brake testing, the xDrive35d with optional 19-inch wheels came to a stop from 60 mph in 121 feet -- an average distance.
Safety is one of the X5's strong suits, with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarding the SUV a rating of "good" in all categories, though it doesn't get the nod as a Top Safety Pick as it did in 2010, due to the new testing implemented for this year.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't yet rated the X5 under new 2011 standards, but awarded the 2010 model five stars in most tests, with four-star ratings for frontal impact passenger safety and rollover.
Standard safety options include dual front and side airbags, plus pre-tensioning seatbelts, front and rear head-protecting airbags, adaptive brake lights, and a central locking system. Advanced features such as Hill Descent Control, trailer stabilization, and a rollover protection system enhance the on- and off-road safety of the X5.
Large side mirrors and a rear-view camera improve visibility. The camera activates automatically when the car is put in reverse, so you can easily and instantaneously see what’s behind the big SUV.
Safety is clearly a priority with the 2011 X5, with strong fundamental design backed up by plenty of technology.