Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

BMW X3 2011

2.0 diesel , 5 door SUV

Test Date: Aug 2011

BMW X3 crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 88%
Child Occupant 83%
Pedestrian 53%
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 - Good 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 - Good
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. Dummy readings indicated good protection for the knees and femurs of both the driver and front passenger dummies and BMW showed that a similar level of protection would be offered to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different seating positions. The X3 scored maximum points for the protection it provided in the side barrier test. In the more severe side pole impact, protection of the chest was weak. The front seat and head restraint provided marginal protection against whiplash injuries in a rear-end collision.

Child occupant

Although the passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating position, insufficient information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag preventing any reward for the system. Permanently attached labels on the sun visor clearly warn of the dangers of using a rearward facing child seat in that position without first disabling the airbag.


The bumper provided good protection to pedestrians' legs. However, the entire front edge of the bonnet provided poor protection. In most areas likely to be struck by the head of a child, the bonnet offered only marginal or poor protection. In those areas likely to be struck by an adult's head, the protection was mostly good with some poor performing areas.

Safety assist

Electronic stability control is standard on the X3 and met Euro NCAP's requirements. There is a seatbelt reminder system for the driver and passenger, but not for the rear seats. The X3 is not available with a speed limitation device.

applies to all X3 of the specification tested