2023-11-27 BMW X5 Gets 5 Star Crash Test Rating from Another US Testing Authority - autoevolution

BMW X5 Gets 5 Star Crash Test Rating from Another US Testing Authority

When the new X5 hit the US shores it was immediately tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or IIHS for short. These guys are known for their small overlap front tests that gave pretty big headaches to most manufacturers out there.
BMW F15 X5 Crash Test 1 photo
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The authority gave it a ‘Good’ rating in all key areas of the car, including through tests like moderate overlap front and side impacts. Overall, the protection level it was granted was rated as superior (with optional equipment).

Now, a new organization put the SUV to the test only to come out with a 5-star rating as well. Safecar.gov is a website that seems to be working with the NHTSA in conducting separate tests of various automobiles, to see exactly how safe they are to drive.

To keep things short, the X5 aced their testing procedures even though it was done in a lot more traditional way than what we’re getting used to today.

Basically, the X5 received a 5-star rating in every test except the roll-over one where the protection level went down to four stars. However, the risk of rolling the car over was calculated at only 18.8 percent so you shouldn’t be too worried about that.

The test you’re going to watch below is a full frontal collision at 35 mph (56 km/h) against a fixed barrier. That is equivalent to two cars hitting each other directly, each doing 35 mph. Of course, we’re guessing that speed was used considering that both drivers would slow down before an accident occurs.

That’s because normally, the speeds recorded during accidents are higher than this and could lead to different results. An interesting thing to note is that the passenger’s side airbag didn’t deploy like it happened on the driver’s side in the frontal crash test.

On the other hand, the other two tests showed all airbags deploying which means on the first video someone must’ve mingled with the system.

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