The brand new BMW i3 has managed to score just four stars from Euro NCAP, along with other tested vehicles, like the Ford EcoSport and the Nissan Note.
The BMW i3 has let its fans down after failing to score a maximum 5-star safety rating during the latest Euro NCAP crash tests. The model in question has scored 86 percent in Adult Occupant, 81 percent in Child Occupant, 57 percent in Pedestrian Safety and 55 percent in Safety Assist. Problems were seen in the torso of the dummy, in the side impact pole test, which was marked as Weak, while the neck in the rear impact test was named Marginal, along with the driver’s left leg in the frontal impact. The torsos of the driver and passenger in the same frontal impact were marked adequate. When it comes to pedestrians, well, let’s put it this way, if you see a BMW i3 coming down the street, search for a Mazda3 to run over you. The tested vehicle was a 5-door hatchback in the standard trim, weighing 1,250 kg.
The Ford EcoSport has also scored a 4-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, with 93 percent in Adult Occupant, 77 percent in Child Occupant, 58 percent in Pedestrian Safety and 55 percent in Safety Assist. This is actually safer when it comes to protecting its passengers than the BMW i3 because the only affected body areas were marked as Adequate. The tested vehicle was an EcoSport Titanium, weighing 1,350 kg.
The new Nissan Note was also tested by Euro NCAP and it scored the same 4-star safety rating, with 86 percent in Adult Occupant, 82 percent in Child Occupant, 58 percent in Pedestrian Safety and 70 percent in Safety Assist. The most significant problems were seen in the legs and neck and they were marked as Marginal. The tested model was a Note 1.2 Acenta, weighing 1,052 kg.