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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
"Good" in front and side impact tests
Not yet rated
There's no shortage of electronic driving aids in other departments, however: lane-keeping, radar-controlled cruise that extends to traffic jam stop-and-go, and (from December) a lane-keeping traffic jam assistant, too.
a Traffic Jam Assistant will even keep the vehicle centered in its lane. The age of semi-autonomous driving is upon us.
top-class active safety features like radar cruise control and commute-speed lane-keeping assist, and an all-singing, all-dancing chorus line of electronic features.
The agencies that evaluate vehicle safety and crash-test cars still haven't fully assessed the X5's performance, but a long list of standard and optional safety features–as well as its reputation for safety–leave us believing that this remains of the safest vehicles on the road today. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has already rated the X5 well for its rollover strength, and it received a rating of "good" for frontal impacts from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, too.
BMW's Parking Assistant takes the wheel when it's ordered; it can steer the vehicle into parallel spots or perpendicular ones, at the touch of a button. The same underlying technology couples with adaptive cruise control to bring you Traffic Jam Assistant, which maintains following distance all on its own in heavy traffic, and keeps the vehicle at the center of its lane by providing steering input.
Visibility is excellent from behind the wheel of the X5, and with standard parking sensors, it's simple to move very close to garage walls or cars parked in connecting spaces. In addition to those sensors, we'd opt for the rearview camera and for BMW's surround-view cameras, which produce a 360-degree view of surroundings from cameras mounted in the nose and tail and under the side mirror housings. Drivers can toggle between views from the cameras, and place the vehicle perfectly in a tight space--or check for obstacles that can't be seen behind the car's rather high tail. That system is bundled in a package with blind-spot monitors, speed-limit information (rendered on the iDrive screen), lane-departure warning and collision-alert systems; adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability can be added for $1,200 on top of those features.All X5 utes get their fair share of safety gear, including curtain airbags, stability control, and Bluetooth. A rearview camera is a $400, stand-alone option on all but the V-8 version, however.
Night vision and a head-up display remain on offer; the X5 can be fitted with full LED lighting.Finally, BMW's assistance plans include basic coverage that heightens its automatic-collision alerts to emergency services, based on the vehicle's position, airbag state and speed before impact. It also provides real-time traffic information.
Crash-test data isn't available yet, but the X5 has a raft of standard and available safety gear.