As we said before, the xDrive all wheel drive system isn't much of an active safety feature since if you switch off the Dynamic Stability Control on a rainy day it becomes practically useless. Our best bet is that the system was designed for hardcore drivers who want almost the same thing from their BMW both in summer AND in winter time. It does its fair amount of job at keeping you out of the ditches but it's much more on-road performance oriented than safe.
The six standard airbags (front dual-stage, front side, front and rear head airbags) are advertised wherever they can be found in the cabin, thus contributing to a warm and fuzzy feeling in “teh safety part” of your brain. Also standard are the over-intruding DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), CBC (Cornering Brake Control) too keep you on the road even if you have a heavy right foot and the reflexes of a sloth on opium.
The car's safety cage was tested by the EuroNCAP organization only in its sedan form, but we believe it's OK to assume the Touring model would achieve similar results. The model achieved five stars for the adult occupants' protection, four stars for child passenger protection and one star for pedestrian safety, which isn't half bad considering the car's platform is now over four years old.
In the US, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) gave the Touring the same scores as its sedan counterpart. This means four stars for the frontal and the rollover test and five stars for the side crash test. Not a bad feat, but this is definitely not the safest car you can buy today.Continue reading