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E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013)
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Old 10-16-2006, 07:21 AM
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The 1-series: small and safe

In response to some misleading perceptions some people have regarding the 1-series and safety, I wanted to emphasize that the 1-series is a safe car. In fact, EuroNCAP safety ratings prove that it is just as safe, if not slightly safer, than the larger 3-series and 5-series sedans.

EuroNCAP safety ratings:

BMW 1-series

Front 14 (88%)
Side 18 (100%)
Pedestrian 2 (6%)
Child Protection 35 (71%)

BMW 3-series

Front 16 (100%)
Side 17 (94%)
Pedestrian 4 (11%)
Child Protection 39 (80%)

BMW 5-series

Front 11 (69%)
Side 16 (89%)
Pedestrian 2 (6%)
Child Protection 42 (86%)

The 1-series is just as safe as the 3-series, which make sense since both cars share many platform components.
The 1-series is slightly safer than the 5-series.
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Old 10-16-2006, 07:56 AM
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The Mini is also a very safe car, BMW will not produce a car that they can not build safety into. Passive safety is only one form of safety, active safety such as being able to avoid an accident is also a big factor to these cars! Try doing an emergency lane change in an SUV!
I had the experience of having to do an emergency lane change with my Cooper S while heading to Boston on I-90; a mini refrigerator fell out of a truck in front of me and I have to change lanes quickly at 80+ mph, and the car just stuck and went with my command, any other type of car I am not sure I would have avoided it or stayed right side up!
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Old 10-16-2006, 08:34 AM
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Interesting how your (government?) does their safety ratings. We only get up to five stars here in the states! I would rather see a percentage and what it means.
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Old 10-16-2006, 08:41 AM
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Thanks, I knew it was safe, but the numbers are even better than expected.
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Old 10-16-2006, 08:58 AM
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This is the guys doing the tests:

http://www.euroncap.com/
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Old 11-19-2006, 08:37 AM
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I have heard these arguments before...

Don't get me wrong, I love smaller cars like the Mini, etc.

But it cracks me up when people claim they are safer than larger cars.

I don't care what the crash tests say, you can't overcome the laws of physics.

What would you rather be driving when hit by a 6000lb Chevy Suburban, a Mini Cooper or a 5 series?

At least for the American crash tests, they are only meaningful when compared to cars in the same weight class (i.e. ~250 lbs).

Unfortunately driving a Mini or 1 series in America is different than driving one in Europe, because there are so many large, heavy vehicles on the road....
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Quote:
Originally Posted by icedragon View Post
In response to some misleading perceptions some people have regarding the 1-series and safety, I wanted to emphasize that the 1-series is a safe car. In fact, EuroNCAP safety ratings prove that it is just as safe, if not slightly safer, than the larger 3-series and 5-series sedans.

EuroNCAP safety ratings:

BMW 1-series

Front 14 (88%)
Side 18 (100%)
Pedestrian 2 (6%)
Child Protection 35 (71%)

BMW 3-series

Front 16 (100%)
Side 17 (94%)
Pedestrian 4 (11%)
Child Protection 39 (80%)

BMW 5-series

Front 11 (69%)
Side 16 (89%)
Pedestrian 2 (6%)
Child Protection 42 (86%)

The 1-series is just as safe as the 3-series, which make sense since both cars share many platform components.
The 1-series is slightly safer than the 5-series.
If the 1-series is light in weight, it is never safe against a big SUV. And, how relevant are those numbers?
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