Whether tested by EuroNCAP, NHTSA or IIHS, the latest 3-Series generation received either five stars or good ratings all over, so we should only assume that the 330d xDrive is also as safe as it can be. Although technically the cars crash-tested so far were part of the non-facelifted version of the E90 3-Series, we should base our opinion on the fact that cars usually get better with each facelift or new generation, not the other way around.
Speaking of crash-tests, the guys at EuroNCAP said that the passenger cell of the (non-facelift) E90 3-Series remained completely stable and together with the standard battery of six airbags (two frontal dual-stage, two side and two head airbags) provided a pretty safe place for its passengers, especially for the frontal impact. Apart from the somewhat normal number of standard airbags, the facelifted 3-Series has other safety benefits for its occupants.
There are also two intelligent belt reminders for both front passengers, the lower side of the dashboard is padded to protect the feet in the case of a more severe frontal impact while the pedals are automatically set free in the case of such an unfortunate event.
Of course, when talking about a premium car, stuff like standard anti-lock braking system and electronic stability control on all fours seem like an understatement, so our test car upgraded that list with cornering brake control and electronic brake distribution. All these systems, together with the xDrive all-wheel drive system are there to prevent any unexperienced driver getting too excited about the 5.9 seconds required to go from naught to 100 km/h (62 mph).Continue reading