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BMW X3

Rating
Score
ADULT OCCUPANT
****
28
Front: 11.8
Side: 15
Seatbelt reminder: 0
Pole: 1
CHILD OCCUPANT
****
39
PEDESTRIAN
*
5


 
Adult occupant protection
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Marginal, Upper leg right: Marginal, Upper leg left: Marginal, Lower leg right: Adequate, Lower leg left: Adequate, Right foot: Good, Left foot: Good
Frontal impact driver
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Good, Upper leg right: Marginal, Upper leg left: Marginal, Lower leg right: Adequate, Lower leg left: Adequate
Frontal impact passenger
Head: Good, Chest: Good, Abdomen: Good, Pelvis: Good
Side impact driver

Child restraints
18 month old ChildFair G0/1 ISOFIX, rearward facing
3 year old ChildFair G0/1 ISOFIX, forward facing
Pedestrian protection

Pedestrian protection

Safety equipment
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Front seatbelt load limiters
Driver frontal airbag
Front passenger frontal airbag
Side body airbags
Side head airbags
Driver knee airbag
Car details
Tested modelBMW X3, 2.0 diesel, standard trim, RHD
Body type5 door SUV
Year of publication2008
Kerb weight1745kg
VIN from which rating appliesWA51000

Comments
Front impact
The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal test. Structures in the dashboard presented a risk of injury to the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger.

Side impact
In both the side impact and the pole test, the rear door became unlatched on the impacted side. The car was penalised as door opening presents a risk of occupant ejection. Based on the dummy readings alone, the car would have scored maximum points.

Child occupant
Based on the dummy readings in the frontal and side tests, the X3 scored maximum points for its protection of the 3 year old infant. ISOFIX anchorages are available as an option in the front passenger seat. The option includes deactivation of the passnger frontal airbag. The label warning of the dangers of using a rearward facing restraint in that seating position without first disabling the airbag was not sufficiently clear. The presence of ISOFIX anchorages in the rear outboard seats was not clearly marked.

Pedestrian
The X3 scored no points for the protection offered to pedestrians' legs by the bumper or the front edge of the bonnet. The protection provided to pedestrians' heads by the bonnet surface was rated as predominantly poor.

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