The 2014 BMW i3 managed to obtain only a four star rating in Euro NCAP's crash tests.

The 2014 BMW i3 managed to obtain only a four star rating in Euro NCAP’s crash tests.

Euro NCAP says the frugal electric/hybrid premium city car offered "weak" chest protection in more severe pole side impact tests. In addition, the front seats and head restraints provided "marginal protection" against whiplash in a rear-end collision.

Euro NCAP is also criticizing the BMW i3 for its lack of a standard rear seatbelt reminder. Moreover, the organization isn't too fond of the i3's speed limiter that uses sign recognition to inform the driver about the speed limit. In terms of pedestrian protection, the i3 provided poor results at the base of the windscreen and along the stiff windscreen pillars.

It's not all that bad since the BMW i3 offers good protection in case of a frontal impact and was able to score maximum points in child protection when the car was equipped with the BMW-recommended rear-facing seats. However, parents will have some issues handling their child in and out of the car because of the suicide doors (which BMW likes to mention as "coach doors.")

More details are provided by Euro NCAP in the attached press release.

Gallery: BMW i3 gets only a four star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests [videos]

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