BMW X5 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW X5: Antilock Braking System ABS

The Antilock Braking System (ABS) prevents locking of the wheels during braking.

The vehicle maintains its steerability even during emergency braking, which increases the active driving safety.

ABS is operational every time you start the engine.

Brake assistant

The Brake Assistant effects maximum braking assistance when the brake is applied quickly. It reduces the braking distance to a minimum during emergency braking. The advantages of the Antilock Braking System (ABS) are thereby utilized.

Do not reduce the pressure on the brake pedal for the duration of emergency braking.

Adaptive brake assistant

In combination with Active Cruise Control ACC, this system ensures that the brakes respond even more rapidly when braking in critical situations.

Drive-off assistant

Principle

The drive-off assistant supports driving off on uphill grades.

Driving off

1. Hold the vehicle in place with the foot brake.

2. Release the foot brake and drive off without delay.

After the foot brake is released, the vehicle is held in place for approx. 2 seconds.

Depending on the vehicle loading or when a trailer is used, the vehicle may roll back slightly.

DSC Dynamic Stability Control

Principle

The Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) helps to keep the vehicle on a steady course by reducing drive power and by brake intervention on individual wheels.

General information

DSC detects the following unstable driving conditions, for instance:

Safety information

Warning

The system cannot serve as a substitute for the driver's personal judgment in assessing the traffic situation. Based on the limits of the system, it cannot independently react to all traffic situations. There is a risk of accident. Adjust driving style to traffic conditions. Watch traffic closely and actively intervene where appropriate.

Warning

When driving with a roof load, for instance with roof-mounted luggage rack, the vehicle's center of gravity is higher, which increases the risk of the vehicle tipping in critical driving situations.

There may be a risk of accident or risk of damage to property. Driving with roof load only with activated Dynamic Stability Control.

Overview

Button in the vehicle

Driving stability control systems

DSC OFF

Deactivating/activating DSC

General information

When DSC is deactivated, driving stability is reduced during acceleration and when driving in curves.

To increase driving stability, activate DSC again as soon as possible.

Deactivating DSC

Hold the button down until DSC OFF is displayed in the instrument cluster and the DSC OFF indicator light is illuminated.

Activating DSC

Press the button.

DSC OFF and the DSC OFF indicator light turn off.

Display

In the instrument cluster

When DSC is deactivated, DSC OFF is displayed in the instrument cluster.

Indicator/warning lights

The indicator light lights up: DSC is deactivated.

The indicator light flashes: DSC controls the drive and braking forces.

The indicator light lights up: DSC has malfunctioned.

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