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Since the BMW X6 is a brand-new model, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has yet crash-tested the BMW X6.
It’s structurally similar to the BMW X5, which gets mostly five-star crash scores from the NHTSA and is a Top Safety Pick over at the IIHS, but because it has a different roofline, the test scores cannot be assumed to carry over to the X6.
The 2009 BMW X6 offers standard front, side, and curtain airbags, as well as anti-lock brakes, traction, and stability control.
As previously mentioned, with the X6, BMW also incorporates its stability controls into the four-wheel-drive system through Dynamic Performance Control. Since it can send power to individual wheels, the BMW X6 can have a greater impact on safety than stability control alone can, Car and Driver notes: “DPC weighs an additional 26 pounds, and we found it to be worth every ounce.” Popular Mechanics feels that “in fast corners with abrupt steering maneuvers or when the driver suddenly lifts off the gas pedal, DPC simply improves stability.”
The 2009 BMW X6 hasn’t been crash-tested yet, but it has cutting-edge safety gear.