Even though BMW i3 pre-orders exceeded company’s expectations, the compact city car does not sound as good as one would imagine.
The i3 achieved only four stars out of five on a recent Euro NCAP safety tests.
Truth is that the i3 is a safe vehicle and the not so perfect score was given because it offers “weak” protection of the chest of the adult occupants in a severe side impact and the front seats and head restraints provide only “marginal” protection against whiplash in a rear-end collision.
The i3 however did provide suitable protection for occupants in the frontal, side barrier, pedestrian and child-seat tests.
Other cars that were awarded a four-star safety rating include the Ford EcoSport, Nissan Note, Mercedes Citan Kombi and Volkswagen T5 van.
In the latest round of EURO NCAP tests five stars were given to Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Maserati Ghibli, Infiniti Q50, Mazda3, Ford Tourneo Connect and Peugeot 308.
The i3 is now available to order with standard all-electric model starting from £25,680 and the i3 Range Extender from £28,830. Both prices are after £5,000 OLEV Government grant.