2019 BMW X5 Earns Highest IIHS Safety Rating

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, Automotive Editor - April 23, 2019

For the 2019 model year, the BMW X5 is an all-new model that features more technology and driving features than before. The changes helped the new X5 nab the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety's (IIHS) highest rating of being named a Top Safety Pick Plus.

To get the award, the X5 had to ace all six of the institute's crash tests, earn a rating of at least “Advanced” for front crash prevention, and have headlights that are rated to be “Good.” The X5 met all of these requirements, and even managed to get a rating of “Superior,” the best score possible, for its front crash prevention system.

In a growing trend, only specific X5 trims qualify for the Top Safety Pick Plus rating. The midsize SUV's front crash prevention system was found to be “Superior” on base models. The entry-level X5 xDrive40i comes with BMW's Active Driving Assistant that comes with daytime pedestrian protection, frontal collision warning with city collision mitigation, lane departure warning, active blind spot detection, and rear cross traffic alert as standard. But the SUV's headlights are a different story.

On lower trims, X5 SUVs come with LED projector headlights that the IIHS found to be “Poor,” the worst score possible. To get into an X5 that earns the Top Safety Pick Plus designation, you have to go all the way to the top of the ladder with the Executive trim, which is an extra $4,550 over the base trim. The extra money brings icon adaptive LED headlights with Laserlight that were found to be “Good.”

While having to spend $66,245 (including destination) to get into an X5 that is a Top Safety Pick Plus isn't a possibility for every consumer, it's a large improvement, as the 2018 X5 wasn't even named a Top Safety Pick.

There aren't a lot of midsize luxury SUVs that have earned a Top Safety Pick Plus award from the IIHS. The only other SUVs to earn that designation for the 2019 model year include the Acura RDX and the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. The 2019 Volvo XC60 is a Top Safety Pick vehicle.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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