When it comes to talking about how the X5 handles a crash, you'll be surprised to find out that this second generation of the SAV has not been tested by the Euro NCAP. Instead the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) decided to see how the German metal, which, by the way, is produced in the US (Spartanburg) or Mexico (Toluca) manages to face its official barriers.
The X5 managed to produce exceptional results, with the SAV receiving a "Good" rating (this is the highest possible) in every area of both the frontal and the side impact crash tests. Basically, this is one of those cars that comes with green stickers all the way.
Thanks to its imposing size, aggressive design and generously-sized interior, the X5 offers you the feeling of safety even before you get behind its wheel. Once you do so, the vehicle reinforces this, especially if you go for the optional M Sport package our test car was fitted with.
The 20-inch wheels, along with the stiffer suspension amplify the level of control over the body, so the vehicle responds to your inputs quickly and isn't intimidated by heavy bends.
As for the brakes, this manage to bring the massive car to a stop in a way that gives you confidence and they even manage to keep the fading away for a period that's long enough for any sane driver to get the car out of a difficult situation where fading would be an issue.Continue reading