Used BMW X5 4x4 (2013 - 2018) Safety & Reliability

Review by Graeme Lambert on
Last Updated: 23 Jun 2015
This is the third generation of the popular BMW X5 off-roader, a car that once represented 10 percent of all BMWs sold in the UK. Hoping to re-create that sort of sales success it promises major advances in design, luxury, comfort, safety, efficiency and driving enjoyment.
4.5 out of 5



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With the previous BMW X5 safety record of five EuroNCAP stars we’d expect the current model to match this rating, and better it in terms of individual achievements. Ignore the host of airbags and impact resistant structures – equipment that is commonplace across the whole car industry – for a moment and you’ll realise the BMW X5 is packing plenty of clever safety kit.

The main focus is Driving Assistant Plus, which incorporates Lane Departure Warning to keep you in between the motorway’s white lines, Forward Collision Warning and City Collision Mitigation to reduce the chance of rear-ending a slower moving or stationary car and Active Cruise Control with a Stop&Go function.

As standard you’ll find Xenon lights to improve the driver’s vision in the dark while the rain and light sensors will turn the wipers and headlights on automatically when required.

Should the worst happen, in the event of an accident the BMW Emergency Call system will automatically alert the emergency services to your location. For less serious incidents the system can be manually operated via a button in the overhead console.

Optionally owners can specify Adaptive LED headlights, Night Vision with animal and pedestrian recognition, a full colour head-up display, Glare-free High-Beam Assistant that bends light around other road users rather than directly into their field of vision and Surround View cameras offer a wider viewpoint around the vehicle than before.

And while other Park Assist programs often require the driver to operate the pedals, the X5 offers a fully automated service that will park the car for you without any occupant input into the pedals or steering wheel.

2.5 out of 5


A quick look at the Vosa site shows the previous BMW X5 reliability wasn’t the best, and the car was subject to numerous recalls, including those where vehicle fires were possible and brake failure. Despite the fact many of them only apply to a select number of actual vehicles, it doesn’t bode well. For now it’s too early to tell whether the new X5 will turn the firm’s fortunes around.

At least the engines are shared throughout the rest of the BMW range, while the interior is well made and seems hardy enough – though the more expensive leather lined options may not be as resistant to children as the plastics found in cheaper rivals.

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