BMW 3 series

2006-09 models mfg. after Nov. 2005
2009 Top Safety Pick 2009 BMW 3 series: good performance in front, side, and rear tests and standard electronic stability control

SIDE IMPACT TEST WITH STANDARD SIDE AIRBAGS

OVERALL EVALUATION: Good

  Injury measures Head protection Structure/safety cage
Head/neck Torso Pelvis/leg
Driver Good Acceptable Acceptable Good Acceptable
Rear passenger Good Good Good Good

Important: Side impact crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle type and weight categories.

Test details:

The BMW 3 series was redesigned for the 2006 model year. Beginning with 2006 models manufactured after November 2005, changes were made to the side airbags and door trim panels to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door). The tested car was manufactured after the modifications had been made.

Injury measures:

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures and a fracture of the pelvis would be possible in a crash of this severity.

Rear passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection:

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Rear passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Left to right:

  • View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test. Larger photo
  • View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment. Larger photo
  • Action shot taken during the side impact crash test showing the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag. Larger photo
  • Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag. Larger photo

Additional features:

  • Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
  • Electronic stability control
  • Antilock brakes
  • Programmable daytime running lights

Tested vehicle specifications:

  • 2006 BMW 325i 4-door
  • Class: Midsize luxury/near luxury car
  • Weight: 3,400 lbs.
  • Side airbags: standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
  • Wheelbase: 109 in.
  • Length: 178 in.
  • Width: 72 in.
  • Engine: 3.0 L 6-cylinder
  • EPA ratings: 21 mpg city | 29 mpg highway

See all test results for BMW 3 series

Last updated: November 25, 2008

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