2021 BMW X5  RealSafeCars94Safety Rating

#2 of 2021 SUVs

#4 of all 2021 vehicles


Pictured: 2019 BMW X5
The X5, part of BMW's lineup since 2000, is a three-row large SUV with seating up to 7. It has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The X5 provides superior EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, easing fuel costs and reducing pollution. It handles mud, snow, and sand with ease with optional all-wheel drive (AWD). The BMW X5 packs some potency, exceeding the average horsepower for its class. BMW offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2021 BMW X5 is very safe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2021 BMW X5 has a score of 94, implying a 0.024% chance of driver death (2.1% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.021%, and the chance of injury falls to 1.9%.

We estimate that the 2021 BMW X5 has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0239% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 2.7294%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0239% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 2.7294% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 BMW X5 is 50% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2021 BMW X5 is 43% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2021 BMW X5 offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 13%.

Active safety features with BMW's Active Driving Assistant can substantially reduce the risks of harm to vehicle occupants by preventing severe accidents. All trims and versions of the 2021 BMW X5 include the following active safety systems: Emergency Brake Assist, Lane-Change Warning with Lane-Change Assist, and Blind Spot Monitoring.

Some safety technologies get a lot of press, but others may also improve safety. Standard Cornering Headlights / Leveling Head Lamps points head lamps towards where the vehicle is heading, better lighting the road ahead. Standard Automatic High Beams on the 2021 BMW X5 automatically switches off high beams headlights when another vehicle is nearby. Side mirror turn signals are standard on the BMW X5. They alert other vehicles of your intention to switch lanes, which allows the other vehicle's driver to prevent an impending accident with you.


And it is safer than many comparable models.

10070Acura RLXBMW 5 SeriesCadillac XT6M.-B. GLE-ClassAudi A6Lincoln AviatorAudi Q8Audi Q7BMW X5A. A6 Allroad (Wagon)Audi A7Volvo XC90Comparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 BMW X5 with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 70 to 100. The 2021 BMW X5 is safer than the 2020 Acura RLX, the 2021 BMW 5 Series, the 2021 Cadillac XT6, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, the 2021 Audi A6, and the 2021 Lincoln Aviator and less safe than the 2021 Audi Q8. It is about as safe as the 2021 Audi A6 Allroad (Wagon) and the 2020 Audi Q7.

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