BMW 3 series

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



Structure/safety cage Injury measures Restraints/dummy kinematics
Head/neck Chest Leg/foot, left Leg/foot, right
Good Good Good Good Good Good

Important: Frontal crash test ratings can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Test details:

The BMW 3 series was redesigned for the 2006 model year.

Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement was well controlled. The head curtain airbags on both the driver and passenger sides deployed during the crash. During rebound, the dummy’s head contacted the inflated driver head curtain airbag, which kept the head away from any stiff structure that could cause injury.

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

Left to right:

  • Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test. Larger photo
  • The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well. Larger photo
  • Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head contacted the side curtain airbag during rebound. Larger photo
  • Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low. 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: 3,362 lbs.
  • Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and 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

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Last updated: November 25, 2008

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