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2022 BMW X5 Aces Crash Tests, but Lags in Standard Headlight Tech


The 2022 BMW X5 earned top marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in its barrage of crash tests, but certain versions were stymied by weak headlight output.

Base versions of the X5 without extra-cost headlights produced excessive low-beam glare so disruptive the IIHS calls the lights “Poor,” its lowest overall rating. X5 examples with those standard lights miss out on a Top Safety Pick award.

Models with optional headlights, which BMW markets as “Icon Adaptive LED Headlights with Laserlight,” delivered spectacular nighttime visibility, according to the IIHS. Those versions of the mid-size BMW SUV rate “Good,” enough to score that coveted Top Safety Pick Award. The X5 would have performed well enough to earn a Top Safety Pick+ award if those lights were standard fare.

A base X5 costs about $60,400 to start, but the adaptive LED headlights require adding the $3,300 to $3,550, depending on the trim level, Executive Package. They are standard on the high-performance X5 M.

Otherwise, the X5 earned nearly universal “Good” scores in all instrumented crash tests, plus both versions of its crash-avoidance tech performed well in its ability to brake automatically for pedestrians. Even the SUV’s child seat anchors were especially easy to reach, the IIHS said. See BMW X5 models for sale

Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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