The time is finally here when the brand new electric city car from BMW earns its safety points from the Euro NCAP.
And for all the technology that went into it, and its CFRP body, it still has a lot of issues, managing 4 stars when the tests were concluded.
While the carbon fiber body performed quite well at the frontal impact test, and even at the lateral barrier test, it didn’t go so well when they subjected the car to lateral pole impact or rear impact. This mean that should you ever find yourself in an unavoidable bad situation, just aim for the tree or wall, you’ll have better chances.
When it comes to pedestrian safety, the BMW i3 didn’t get a clean bill either. While full points were awarded for pedestrian legs, the front edge of the hood pulled it down. As for the safety assists, the BMW i3 really showed its flaws, barely managing a score, mostly because many features were optional, and not taken into consideration.
Drawing the line, the guys from Euro NCAP decided that the BMW i3 is rated at 86% protection for adult occupants, while children get 81% safety. Pedestrian safety was rated at 57% while safety assists at 55%.