BMW i3 Fails To Get Five-Star Safety Rating

by Bernie McGroarty on December 3, 2013, 12:22 pm

BMW's i3 fails to grab the Euro NCAP five star safety rating. However, in a recent release by BMW, they claimed that it did receive top marks. Now what's up with that?

Well, an article from gives some insight into this. The issue, according to BMW, is that Euro NCAP places too much emphasis on areas that don't directly relate to occupant safety.* Euro NCAP would argue that all of its tests relate to safety, be it of the occupant or a pedestrian or of safety assist features that are lacking in the i3.

I guess BMW chose to focus on the areas where the i3 received top marks, five stars. The i3 did score well, getting maximum points in the child occupant crash tests, offering good protection for infants and children. The front bumper also scored maximum points for the protection of pedestrians' legs.

The i3 was less than stellar in more severe side pole impact tests, offering 'weak' chest protection for adults. In rear impact tests, the front seats and head restraints only offered 'marginal' protection against whiplash. A seatbelt reminder was also not available for the rear passengers.

In the end the actual overall safety-rating ended up being 4 stars. You can check out the full test results from Euro NCAP here.

Read BMW's press release here.


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