Euro NCAP crash test: 5 stars for the BMW 1 Series


New version of compact model achieves top score on current    European test with exemplary occupant protection.

BMW 1 Series

Munich. Now in its second generation, the BMW 1  Series is once again the undisputed benchmark for driving dynamics in  the compact vehicle segment. Just a few weeks after its market launch  it has now been officially certified as a perfect role model in the  area of safety.

On the current Euro NCAP crash test, the new BMW 1  Series achieved the top score of 5 stars.

After analysis of all the  data collected in the course of extensive testing procedures, the  testers officially confirmed that the new BMW compact model provides  outstanding occupant protection over a range of different collision  types. In addition, the car’s pedestrian protection and its numerous  standard safety fittings also attracted a positive rating.

Among other  things, the new BMW 1 Series can be fitted with the extended emergency  call including automatic position finding and accident severity  identification – the BMW Assist Advanced eCall. BMW received the  special Euro NCAP Advanced Award for this BMW ConnectedDrive service a  year ago.

The current Euro NCAP crash test determined the risk of injury as a  result of a frontal impact and side impact collision as well as on the  so-called side-impact pole crash. In all scenarios the new BMW 1  Series provided both driver and passengers with extensive protection  from injury, regardless of their height or seating position.

The test  verdict on child safety was also positive. The BMW 1 Series was said  to offer excellent protection on both the front impact and the side  impact tests.  In conjunction with seat systems for children aged  three and one and a half, the test dummies with mounted sensors  registered a stable position and reduced head movement at the moment  of impact.

The effective seat occupant protection in the new BMW 1 Series is the  result of an integrated safety concept which includes not just an  extremely torsionally stiff passenger cell but also large-format  deformation zones and precisely defined bearing structures to absorb  and dissipate the forces which take effect when an accident occurs.

The new BMW 1 Series is fitted as standard with front airbags, side  airbags integrated in the backrests, head airbags for the front and  back seats, three-point automatic seatbelts on all seats, belt force  limiters and belt tensioners at the front and ISOFIX children’s seat  attachments at the rear. It also features the driving stability system  DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) and a Run Flat Indicator.

The Euro NCAP crash test attaches particular importance to pedestrian  protection, and this has been optimised in the new BMW 1 Series by  such elements as selectively modelled body elements with yielding  structures on the front of the vehicle. The testers awarded maximum  points to the design of the front bumpers in particular, as well as  for those elements of the front section which are relevant to the risk  of head injury to children in the event of a collision.

The Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) is recognised throughout  Europe by governments, automobile clubs and consumer organisations as  a benchmark of vehicle accident safety. By achieving the top score,  the BMW 1 Series repeats the result of its predecessor model which was  also awarded 5 stars in 2004.

Since then the demands of the Euro NCAP  have been raised significantly with the introduction of additional  test criteria. Since the extension of the test program in 2009, all  BMW models to have undergone the Euro NCAP crash test have scored the  top rating. So following the BMW X1, the BMW 5 Series and the BMW X3,  the new BMW 1 Series is the brand’s fourth new model to emerge from  the revised, much more demanding test with a result of 5 stars.