A long list of standard and optional safety features and a strong body structure leave us believing that the X5 is one of the safest vehicles on the road today.
All X5 'utes get their fair share of safety gear, including curtain airbags, stability control, and Bluetooth. A rearview camera is stand-alone option for base models.
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 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. This 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 on top of those features.
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.
Night vision and a head-up display remain on offer, and 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.
Unfortunately, there isn't full crash-test information for the X5. The IIHS has only rated the X5 in the moderate front overlap and side crash tests, where it earned the top rating of "Good." The IIHS also gives the X5 a "Superior" rating front crash prevention, when optionally equipped, but since it hasn't been subjected to the other tests, it can't be named a Top Safety Pick+. The X5 has earned top marks from the NHTSA, including a five-star overall rating and five stars for front- and side-impact crash protection. The X5 was rated at four stars for rollover crash protection, but it's important to note that that test is a calculation, rather than a real-world crash.