Technically, when speaking about the safe factor of an SUV, stuff like the increased weight and height versus a regular family sedan are spoken about in a very positive note. The X3 3.0sd is also pretty heavy (1850 kg or 4078 lbs), even though it is based on a medium-sized sedan, which should come in handy when crashing into your average Volkswagen Golf. Apart from this, the facelift X3 has six airbags fitted as standard (two dual-stage ones in the front, two front side and two front and rear head airbags), while our test car also had the optional rear side ones.
As for the active safety systems, BMW has equipped the X3 3.0sd with DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), which includes the HDC ( Hill Descent Control) and the TSC (Trailer Stability Control), rain sensors and lights sensors for the headlights (with tilting features for the curves). Also, the tire puncture warning system can be very useful in case you're randomly attacked by terrorists with nails on the road to work. The X3 was awarded four stars by the EuroNCAP
institute for safety, while the American IIHS
gave it a “Good” score on everything except for the safety cage, which only received an acceptable rating. On the whole, the X3 is among the safest cars in its class.Continue reading