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BMW X5 – Crash Tests 2018

Euro NCAP performs a series of crash tests on each model tested: – a frontal impact test, the car impacts a rigid barrier – an offset frontal impact test, 40% of the width of the car is striking a deformable barrier – a pole test, the tested car is propelled sideways into a rigid pole – a side impact test, a mobile deformable barrier impacts the driver’s door The passenger compartment of the X5 remained stable in the frontal offset test. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. However, the driver knee airbag was found not to have deployed correctly. The score for this body area was penalised and BMW were not allowed to demonstrate that structures in the dashboard did not present a risk of injury to occupants of different sizes and to those sitting in different positions. Accordingly, protection of the driver’s knee, femur and pelvis body region was rated as weak. On the passenger side, there is no knee airbag and protection was rated as good. In the full-width rigid barrier test, protection of all critical body areas was at least adequate for both the driver and the rear passenger. In the side barrier test, maximum points were scored, with good protection of all critical body areas. In the more severe side pole impact, dummy readings of chest compression indicated marginal compression for this body region, with other parts of the body being well protected. Tests on the front seats and head restraints demonstrated good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision. A geometric assessment of the rear seats also indicated good whiplash protection. The standard-fit autonomous emergency braking system performed well in tests of its functionality at the low speeds, typical of city driving, at which many whiplash injuries are caused.

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