The 2003 BMW X5 | Part Seven

The 2003 BMW X5


Cocooned in safety

The X5 cocoons and protects drivers and passengers like no other 4x4 thanks to a host of active and passive safety systems, which comprise BMW's F.I.R.S.T safety philosophy - Fully Integrated Road Safety Technology. This incorporates all vehicle safety systems and on the X5 can include a total of 10 airbags, including IHPS 2 (Inflatable Head Protection System) head airbags in the front and rear as standard.

Hill Descent Control (HDC) is a system which adds to safety and improves off-road performance by allowing drivers to select a constant speed between 3 and 16 mph for travelling safely downhill. In addition to HDC, the new X5 debuts a world first - Trailer Stability Control (TSC). This function of DSC, prevents a trailer attachment from becoming unstable, by sensing undue yaw motion, correcting speed and braking if necessary.

A maximum 5-star Euro NCAP rating for occupant protection has recently confirmed the X5's reputation as a class leader, improving on its original 4 star performance thanks to the inclusion of an intelligent seat belt occupancy sensor.


Year-on-year sales figures for the X5 have seen steady growth since its launch in late 2000 when it sold 469 units in the UK. This rose to more than 6,665 in 2002, with worldwide figures topping100,000 units. The 3.0d is the most popular variant in the X5 range, accounting for nearly half of all X5 UK customer deliveries last year. 2003 will see a record 8,250 X5's take to the UK roads.

Used X5 sales remain buoyant and residuals are strong. According to November's Alliance and Leicester New and Used Car Price Index, "Demand for nearly new 4x4s like BMW's X5 has pushed prices up" in the 4x4 sector, the only market sector to have seen a price rise.

Strong residuals continue to boost the appeal of BMW's premium sports activity vehicle, out-performing competitors like the Mercedes M Class. Cap Monitor predicts 3 year / 60,000 mile residuals for the BMW X5 3.0d of 49 per cent, compared to 44 per cent for the Mercedes ML270 CDI.

Published 22 November 2003 Melanie Carter

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