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BMW's radical new city car misses out on top marks in Euro NCAP safety tests

The BMW i3 has missed out on getting top marks in the Euro NCAP safety tests.

The new BMW city car achieved four stars on its test, with Euro NCAP commenting that in severe side impacts protection of the chest for adult occupants was "weak", and that the front seats and head restraints provided only marginal protection against whiplash in a rear-end collision.

Other cars awarded a four-star safety rating include the Ford EcoSportNissan Note, and Mercedes-Benz Citan Kombi MPV. Volkswagen's T5 van also scored four stars.

Euro NCAP's latest round of tests also saw the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV achieve a five-star safety rating, alongside the Maserati Ghibli, Infiniti Q50 and Mazda 3.

The Ford Tourneo Connect and Peugeot 308 also both achieved top marks on the safety tests.

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Smilerforce 28 November 2013

It needs a hero bonnet.

The pole test didn't detract the score from getting 'good'. That's simply pointing out one weak point of the overall high scoring category. The let down was the usual let down of pedestrian. Unless your bonnet is making love to the recently hit pedestrian your never going to get anywhere. I'd suggest the rather radical design and engineering of this car was always going to be issue especially as all other recent BMW's have scored 5* ratings. So only time will if BMW can revise this area. The other let down can easily be recitified. Stick a seat belt warning in the back and don't make it an option.
pauld101 28 November 2013

Obviously, the dummy only failed because

it was driving like a complete idiot. It is a BMW after all.
soldi 28 November 2013


Nice platform, new body design. Shameful that they cannot engineer for 5 star. Confidence in BMW's engineering ability is on the wane. Who would have thought that the Chinese can achieve 5* with Qoros, but BMW only 4* China 1, Germany 0