BMW X1 gets top safety award from IIHS image

The second generation of BMW’s smallest SUV has been rewarded with “Top Safety Pick+”, the highest rating given by the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Similar to the first generation, the new X1 earned good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, but managed to improve its performance in the challenging small overlap front crash test. While the previous model showed a sixteen-inch intrusion at the footwell, trapping the dummy’s right foot, the driver’s space in the 2016 model was maintained reasonably comfortable, with maximum intrusion of about four inches at the lower door hinge pillar and at the instrument panel.

Furthermore, BMW X1’s newly available front crash prevention system helped it earn an advanced rating from IIHS. In the track tests at 12 mph, impact speed was reduced by an average of 10 mph, while in the 25 mph test, crash momentum was cut by 7 mph. The system includes a forward collision warning feature as well, which meets the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

Therefore, with all these extra enhancements, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has raised X1’s score from Top Safety Pick to Top Safety Pick+. The small SUV is also packed with other safety active systems, such as Dynamic Stability Control, Brake Dry Assist, Cornering Brake Control and Dynamic Traction Control. Optional features include Lane Departure Warning or Frontal Collision Warning with Pedestrian Warning and City Collision Mitigation.