Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

BMW X1 2009

2.0 Diesel , 5-door SUV

Test Date: Nov 2009

BMW X1 crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 87%
Child Occupant 86%
Pedestrian 63%
Safety Assist 71%

Compare with other cars in the Small SUV category

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

Adult occupant

The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact, the windscreen pillar moving rearwards less than 5mm. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of both driver and passenger. BMW were able to demonstrate that occupants of different sizes, and those sat in different positions, would be similarly well protected. In the side barrier impact, the car scored maximum points, with good protection of all body regions. In the more severe side pole test, dummy readings indicated marginal chest protection. Protection against whiplash injuries in rear impacts was also rated as marginal.

Child occupant

The front passenger airbag can be disabled by BMW dealers to allow a rearward facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. A label clearly warns of the dangers of using a rearward facing child seat in that seat without first disabling the airbag.


The bumper scored maximum points for protection of pedestrians' legs. However, the front edge of the bonnet provided poor protection and scored no points in Euro NCAP's tests. In almost all areas where a child's head might strike, the bonnet offered good protection, even at the outer edges. The protection offered to the head of a struck adult was also good in some areas but was poor around the base of the windscreen.

Safety assist

The X1 is fitted with electronic stability control (ESC) as standard equipment on all variants. Likewise, a seatbelt reminder is standard for the driver and front passenger seats.

Applies to all X1s of the specification tested