So, you've just entered the BMW family through its smallest member (for now). This is not the best time to think about having an accident, but you can't swap this possibility under the rug either - let's see what happens in case you brand new 1-Series does get in undesired contact with certain parts of the surrounding world.
The F20 1-Series was tested by the Euro NCAP, receiving a five-star rating, with an overall protection score of 91 percent for adult occupant, 83 percent for child occupant and 63 percent for pedestrian, as well as 86 percent for safety assist.
Everything was just fine during the frontal and side impact tests, but in the more severe side impact pole test, the dummy reading of rib area compression showed weak protection for the chest. In addition to that, the front seats and head restraints offered marginal protection against whiplash injuries during the rear-end collision test. These issues really bring the car down, despite the fact that it's got a good overall rating (91 percent).
As for the child occupant protection, this sits at a top level, but the information offered to the driver related to the use of airbags in conjunction with child restraint systems. In terms of pedestrian protection, the areas where a child's head could hit the bonnet offered good protection, but this offered poor protection for an adult's head.
We have to tell you that, if other drivers don't make this happen, it is pretty difficult to crash the 1-Series, as the vehicle's setup and DSC do a very good job at keeping the car on track. You really don't have to worry about the rear-wheel-drive, as the 1er offers a lot of grip.Continue reading