BMW iX smashes five-star rating in Euro NCAP safety tests
The BMW iX has achieved five stars in its Euro NCAP safety assessment, in all categories.
Child safety in the rear was given the highest possible score for both frontal and side collisions, while testers were impressed with the effectiveness of the new interactive airbag between the driver and front passenger seats, which provides additional protection against injury in the event of a side collision.
What about passengers?
The car’s body structure combines an aluminium spaceframe with a carbon cage for the passenger compartment. Particularly torsion-resistant components made of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) are used in the roof, side and rear sections. These support structures deformation zones absorb the impact of a collision and divert it away from the passenger compartment.
What about pedestrians?
The BMW iX also features an active bonnet, raised via a pyrotechnical triggering mechanism as soon as the data collected by sensors indicate a collision. This creates a deformation zone that prevents direct impact between the pedestrian or cyclist and hard components in the engine compartment.
What about the assistance systems?
The iX’s attention assistant, lane departure warning and speed limit recognition systems all scored positively in the Euro NCAP crash test. The Driving Assistant Professional package is offered as an option, which also includes steering and lane guidance assistance.