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 29 manufacturers in the 2021 Driver Power survey published by our sister title Auto Express.
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 plug-in hybrid is a luxurious, comfortable and practical large SUV with plenty of electric driving range
- 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
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe 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?