2020 BMW X5 interior

What do the indicator/warning lights mean in my 2020 BMW X5?

2020 BMW X5 warning lights

When any light turns on, it can be very stressful, especially if you do not know what it means. We have compiled all the light meanings inside the 2020 BMW X5 so you know what is going on. Keep reading to see what each light means. 

Red Lights 

airbag system

Airbag System 

This light means the airbag system and belt tensioner may not be working as it should. 

parking brake

Brake System 

When illuminated, this light means the braking system is impaired. You can continue to drive moderately but have your brakes checked sooner than later. 

Safety belt reminder

Safety belt reminder 

This will flash when the driver or passenger is not buckled. 

Safety belt reminder for backseats

Safety belt reminder for backseats 

This lets the driver know the passengers in the backseat are not buckled in. 

Yellow Lights 

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) 

This means the Brake Assistant function is not activated. Avoid sudden braking and keep in mind longer braking distance. 

Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)

Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) 

When this light flashes, it is letting you know the vehicle is stabilized. When this happens, reduce speed and modify your driving style. 

DSC is deactivated

DSC is deactivated 

This lets you know the DSC is turned off. 



When this light illuminates, your emissions are deteriorating and you need to have your vehicle checked out soon. If the light is flashing, there is excessive misfiring in your engine. 

Steering system

Steering system 

Your steering system may not be working if this light turns on. 

Tire Pressure Monitor light

Tire Pressure Monitor (TPM) 

This light turns on if you have a flat tire or low pressure in one of them. 

Green Lights 

auto hold

Automatic Hold 

When this light is activated, your vehicle is automatically held in place when it is stationary. 

fog lights

Front fog lights 

This lets you know your front fog lights are switched on. 

High-beam Assistant

High-beam Assistant 

When turned on, this will automatically switch your high beams on and off for you.  

lane departure warning

Lane departure warning 

This indicator light will turn on to show the system is in use. 

low beams

Low beams 

This means your low beams are turn on. 

Parking lights

Parking lights 

This illuminates when your parking lights are switched on. 

Safety belt reminder for rear seats

Safety belt reminder for rear seats 

Shows up when the safety belt is buckled. 

turn signal

Turn signal 

Shows when the turn signal is switched on. If it blinks faster than normal, this indicated the signal bulb is not working. 

Blue lights 

High beams

High beams 

The light lets you know your high beams are activiated. 

Read more about the 2020 BMW X5: Photo Gallery: 2020 BMW X5 Exterior Color Options 

Schedule a service appointment at Freeman Motor Company 

If you have any of your service lights on, let us know and schedule an appointment. We can check out what potentially can be wrong. We have a variety of maintenance services and we are confident we can fix whatever problem you may have.  

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