► 2012 BMW 3-Series CRASH TEST
The passenger compartment of the 3 Series remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. BMW showed that a similar level of protection would be provided for occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. In the side barrier test, all body regions were well protected and the car scored maximum points. In the more severe side pole test, protection of the chest and abdomen was adequate and that of the head and pelvis was good. The seat and head restraint provided good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.
Based on dummy restults in the dynamic tests, the 3 Series scored maximum points for its protection of the 18 month infant, and lost only a fraction of a point for protection of the 3 year old. In the frontal impact, forward movement of the head of the 3 year dummy, sat in a forward facing restraint, was not excessive. In the side impact, both dummies were properly contained by the protective shells of their restraints, minimising the likelihood of contact with parts of the car's interior. A switch is available as an option to deactivate the passenger airbag, allowing a rearward facing child restraint to be used in the passenger seat. This was not assessed as it is not standard equipment. There were clear warnings of the dangers of using a rearward facing restraint in that seating position without having deactivated the airbag.
Both the bumper and the front edge of the bonnet provided good protection to pedestrians and the car scored maximum points in these areas. In almost all areas where a child's head might strike, the bonnet provided good protection but was predominantly poor in those areas likely to be struck by an adult's head.
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BMW is well known for dynamic and premium driving pleasure. BMW cars also fulfill international safety standards. In Munich, BMW also develops very special vehicles, which may save lives in a complete different way.
Euro NCAP | BMW 3 Series | 2005 | Crash test
http://www.euroncap.com/tests/bmw_3_series_2005/225.aspx Frontal Impact takes place at 64 Km/h, 40% of the width of the car striking a deformable barrier. In the side impact, a mobile deformable barrier impacts the driver's door at 50 km/h. In the pole test, the car tested is propelled sideways at 29km/h into a rigid pole.
2010 BMW 3-Series Coupe (328xi) NHTSA Side Impact
Head Injury Criterion (HIC) 196-224
Thoracic Trauma Index (TTI) 44-43
Pelvis Deceleration (g's) 65-36
Since this BMW is plastic (Like the X5 SUV) I don't consider it a "BMW". It's more like a glamourized Saturn than a German luxury car.