2015 BMW X5 Earns Five-Star Sweep In Federal Crash Tests

December 9, 2014

The 2015 BMW X5 has been run through the full set of crash tests overseen by the federal government, and it’s emerged with top-tier ratings.

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In New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing, the 2015 X5 earned five-star results for frontal and side crash, as well as all subcategories, including frontal testing with a smaller female-size test dummy in the passenger seat and the rigorous side pole test, which simulates a side collision with a utility pole, tree or building corner.

That’s in addition to a raft of active-safety systems, including lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and collision alert—all features that might save you from an accident—as well as handy safety-related convenience items like the BMW Parking Assistant and a 360-degree surround-view camera system.

This is the first time the federal government has crash-tested the X5 since 2011, when the federal tests were completely revamped. The 2008-2010 BMW X5 achieved five stars overall, and five stars in side driver and passenger tests, albeit with four stars for frontal impact. Although the National Highway Traffic Safaty Administration (NHTSA), which oversees those tests, notes that those previous results aren’t comparable to results from the current (more stringent) tests.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which is the other major U.S. agency that conducts crash tests, hasn’t yet fully tested the new X5, but it has earned top ‘good’ results in the moderate overlap frontal and side categories—as well as ‘Superior’ front crash prevention. Check the Safety tab of our full review of the 2015 BMW X5 for full details when the rest of those results are in.


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