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BMW i3

BMW i3 standard trim, LHD


ADULT OCCUPANT

CHILD OCCUPANT

PEDESTRIAN

SAFETY ASSIST


 

BMW i3

BMW i3 standard trim, LHD


ADULT OCCUPANT

CHILD OCCUPANT

PEDESTRIAN

SAFETY ASSIST
Total 31 pts | 86%
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Adequate, Upper leg right: Good, Upper leg left: Good, Lower leg right: Good, Lower leg left: Marginal, Right foot: Good, Left foot: Good
FRONTAL IMPACT
13.6 pts
Head: Good, Chest: Good, Abdomen: Good, Pelvis: Good
SIDE IMPACT CAR
8.0 pts
SIDE IMPACT POLE
6.6 pts
Neck: Marginal

Total 40 pts | 81%
Crash test performance24.0 pts
18 month old child (12.0 pts)
Tested restraint (Fit):

FAIR G0/1 (ISOFIX)

Rearward facing


3 year old child (12.0 pts)
Tested restraint (Fit):

FAIR G0/1 (ISOFIX)

Rearward facing

Child safety features4.0 pts
Child Safety features
  • Isofix
CRS Installation check12.0 pts
Maxi Cosi Cabriofix ( Seatbelt )
Maxi Cosi Cabriofix and EasyFix ( Seatbelt )
Maxi Cosi Cabriofix and EasyFix ( ISOFIX )
BeSafe iZi Kid X3 ISOfix ( ISOFIX )
FAIR G0/1 ( ISOFIX )
Römer King Plus ( Seatbelt )
Römer Duo Plus ( ISOFIX )
Maxi Cosi Pearl and Familyfix ( ISOFIX )
Römer KidFix ( Seatbelt )
Römer KidFix ( ISOFIX )
  • Install without problem
  • Install with care
  • Safety critical problem
  • Installation not allowed
Total 21 pts | 57%
Pedestrian protection
HEAD
14.8 pts
PELVIS
0.0 pts
LEG
6.0 pts



Total 5 pts | 55%
SEATBELT REMINDER
2.0 pts
driver and passenger
Pass
rear
Not available
ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL (ESC)
3.0 pts
DSC
Pass
SPEED ASSISTANCE SYSTEM
0.0 pts

Automatic Emergency Call (eCall)
Autonomous Emergency Braking


Details of tested car

Specifications
Tested model BMW i3 standard trim, LHD
Body type 5 door hatchback
Year of publication 2013
Kerb weight 1250kg
VIN from which rating applies Applies to all applies i3s of the specification tested
Class Small Family Car.
Safety equipment
Rear load limiters
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Front seatbelt load limiters
Driver frontal airbag
Front passenger frontal airbag
Side body airbags
Side head airbags
Electronic Stability Control
Seatbelt Reminder Driver and Passenger


Comments

Adult occupant
The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of both the driver and passenger. BMW showed that a similar level of protection would be available to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. In the side barrier test, the i3 scored maximum points, with good protection of all body regions. In the more severe side pole impact, dummy readings of rib compression indicated that protection of the chest was weak. The front seats and head restraints provided marginal protection against whiplash in the event of a rear-end collision.

Child occupant
Both the 1½ and 3 year dummies were sat in rearward-facing seats, according to BMW's recommendation. Based on the dummy readings from the dynamic tests, the car scored maximum points for its protection of both infants. In the side impact, both dummies were properly contained within the protective shells of their restraints, minimising the likelihood of head contact with parts of the vehicle interior. A disabling system is available as an option for the front passenger airbag, allowing a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. However, the information provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag is not sufficiently clear. The risks of using a rearward-facing seat in the front passenger seat without first disabling the airbag are clearly indicated in the car. All of the child restraint types for which the car is designed could be properly installed and accommodated.

Pedestrian
The bumper scored maximum points for its protection of pedestrians' legs, with good results in all areas tested. However, the front edge of the bonnet was poor and scored no points. The bonnet provided protection to the head that was predominantly adequate or marginal, with poor results recorded at the base of the windscreen and along the stiff windscreen pillars.

Safety assist
The i3 has electronic stability control as standard equipment, and met Euro NCAP's test requirements. A seatbelt reminder is provided for the front seats but not for the rear. A system is available as an option which uses sign recognition to inform the driver of the speed limit. The driver can then set the speed limiter of the car to the appropriate speed. However, the system is not expected to reach Euro NCAP's minimum fitment rate to qualify for assessment.


Rating reviews

Nov 2013 Rating published
Nov 2014 Annual review
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