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BMW X5 hybrid reliability & safety

The BMW X5 hybrid has a strong crash safety rating, but long-term reliability is less certain

BMW X5 hybrid
Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating

4.0 out of 5

£65,510 - £72,245
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Euro NCAPAdult protectionChild protectionSafety 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.

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