BMW X1 Gets Top Safety Pick Plus Status from IIHS
Smallest Bavarian Crossover Aces Every Crash Test
The BMW X1, redesigned for the 2016 model year, was awarded the Insurance Insitute for Highway Safety’s highest award. The IIHS Top Safety Pick+ status indicates the X1 had good ratings on all five of the organization’s crash tests, while an available front crash prevention system gets an advanced rating.
In the difficult small-overlap test, the driver’s survival space was maintained well, with only a few inches of intrusion into the passenger compartment. The dummy indicated a low risk of injuries the head, neck, chest, and upper leg, while injuries to the lower leg and foot would be possible. Overall evaluation was good. The X1 fared even better in the moderate overlap test, where no injuries would be likely.
Similarly, the side impact test revealed a low risk of injuries to either the front or rear passenger. The roof strength test entails a metal plate applying slow, but increasing, force to one side of the roof until it moves the roof 5 inches. The peak force required to crush the roof that far is divided by the overall weight of the car, and that ratio is used to evaluate the roof’s strength. The X1 exceeded the minimum ratio required for a good rating, hitting 5.12 at its peak. “Good” ratings on all crash tests cinched a Top Safety Pick award for the X1.
An optional collision warning system and low-speed autobrake comes bundled in the BMW X1’s Driver Assistance Plus package. The autobrake system helped reduce the X1’s speed by 10 mph when approaching a barrier at 12 mph, and in the 25-mph test, impact speed was reduced by 7 mph. Those achievements earned it an “Advanced” rating for collision prevention, which was good enough to upgrade the X1’s award to Top Safety Pick+.
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety