BMW wins Top Safety Pick

The BMW X3 has won another accolade in form the Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) board in America.

Tough

It’s quite a tough achievement to gain as you probably can imagine. The BMW X3 received an official rating of “Good” which is the highest possible score on all particular tests. The obstacles included a frontal off-set crash, rear impact, a roof crush and a side impact to the car. The vehicle must have an electronic stability control as standard equipment.

Great track record

Safety is a major issue in America. BMW take the issue very seriously with most of their luxury cars containing superb safety equipment as standard. The German car giants have a great record in the IIHS tests with their latest version of the X3 not letting them down.

Tom Bolgoa – Important features

Tom Baloga the Vice President Engineering for the company’s American division reaffirmed this by saying “Safety has always been a top priority at BMW and our vehicles have always done well in IIHS tests, as well as the X3 will protect its driver and passengers in a crash we believe that it is even more important that the X3 has been engineered to help the driver avoid the crash in the first place.”

The safety equipment on the BMW X3

As mentioned earlier the BMW X3 contains a great amount of safety equipment. This includes front, side and head protection airbags. Knees are also protected with knee protection airbags. The handling adapts to the situation in a very intelligent way. The dynamic stability control further enhances the car’s safety.

As a 4×4, it’s always good to have an all wheel drive system to help add that extra bit of power to the car during difficult situations. This comes in the form of BMW’s xDrive, a very sophisticated all wheel drive system.

IIHS praise

The IIHS commented on the car’s performance in the tests. Official statements read that safety within the driver and rear passenger seats are both considerably low. “Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.” Head protection for the back and front of the vehicle also received great praise.  “The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.”

Could the BMW X3 get any better?