BMW X5 hybrid reliability & safety rating
The BMW X5 hybrid has a strong crash safety rating, but long-term reliability is less certain
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|5 stars (2018)||89%||86%||75%|
Large SUVs like the X5 hybrid are often bought with safety in mind, and the X5 doesn't disappoint, with a reassuring five-star seal of approval from the independent experts at Euro NCAP. Reliability is less certain, with plenty of complex electronics to go wrong and BMW having a less-than-stellar record in customer surveys.
BMW X5 hybrid reliability & problems
The latest X5 hybrid only went on sale in late 2019, so there's not yet any long-term reliability data for this specific model. But BMW's record as a brand in customer-satisfaction surveys isn't brilliant: it finished 21st out of 26 manufacturers in the 2018 Driver Power survey published by our sister title Auto Express, and then 25th out of 30 in the 2019 edition and 27th out of 30 in 2020.
The X5 is a very safe car, confirmed by independent Euro NCAP crash-testing in 2018. The safety organisation awarded the big BMW five out of five stars overall, with individual scores of 89% for adult occupant protection, 86% for child occupant protection and 75% for safety assistance.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe BMW X5 xDrive45e is a spacious and sporty SUV offering up to 54 miles of electric range, which is among the best of any plug-in hybrid
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe BMW X5 hybrid boasts an excellent electric driving range and good efficiency figures, but its big battery takes quite a while to charge
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe BMW X5 hybrid's long electric range and low company-car tax make it one of the cheapest luxury SUVs you can own – if you charge regularly
- 4Performance, engine & driveLike any BMW X5, the hybrid doesn't feel nearly as big as it is from behind the wheel. It's extremely fast, too
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortSupremely comfortable on nearly any type of road, the BMW X5 hybrid also has a fittingly high-tech and high-quality interior
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe BMW X5 hybrid has a smaller booth than the petrol and diesel, and a third row of seats isn't available, but it's still hugely spacious
- 7Reliability & safety rating - currently readingThe BMW X5 hybrid has a strong crash safety rating, but long-term reliability is less certain
- 8Living with itBMW X5 plug-in hybrid offers impressive electric range, excellent efficiency and a comfortable ride, but did it hold up when we lived with it for several months?