Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

BMW 3 series 1997

316i , 4 door saloon

Test Date: Aug 1997

BMW 3 series crash test picture Crash Star Rating Crash Rating 1½ Stars
Front-impact score
Side-impact score
Seat belt reminder
Total score
2 (13.0%)
8 (44.0%)
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10
Pedestrian Star Rating Pedestrian Rating 2 Stars
Pedestrian-test score Not Available

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The 3-series' cabin became structurally unstable during the frontal impact and the driver ran a risk of life-threatening chest injury. The distance by which the steering wheel was displaced backwards posed further risks of injury, while stiff aggressive structures in the lower facia area also added greatly to the chances of the driver sustaining serious knee, thigh and pelvis injuries. In the side-impact test, protection for the driver's abdomen failed to meet 1998 legislation for new models.

Driver head - Marginal
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Poor
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Poor Driver left femur - Marginal
Driver right lower leg - Poor Driver left lower leg - Poor
Driver right foot - Poor Driver left foot - Poor
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Marginal
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Good
Passenger right lower leg - Good Passenger left lower leg - Good
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good
Side impact chest - Weak
Side impact abdomen - Poor
Side impact pelvis - Good
Green = Good Good
Yellow = Adequate Adequate
Orange = Marginal Marginal
Brown = Weak Weak
Red = Poor Poor