When IIHS tested the first-generation X1, BMW’s smallest crossover earned good ratings in all tests but the small overlap front crash test for which it received a marginal rating. Now, the second-gen SAV has managed to score a good rating in the small overlap front crash test after the results showed a maximum intrusion of about four inches at the lower door hinge pillar and the instrument panel. That’s way better than the previous X1 where intrusion reached 16 inches at the footwell and it actually trapped the test dummy’s right foot.
While the old X1 did not have a front crash prevention system, the new generation has one as optional equipment and IIHS gave it an advanced rating. Tests conducted at 12 mph showed the impact speed was reduced by an average of 10 mph thanks to the safety system while in 25 mph test the impact speed was diminished by 7 mph. The front crash prevention system incorporates a forward collision warning component which complies with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) criteria.
With good ratings in all tests and an advanced-rated front crash prevention system, the 2016 BMW X1 qualifies for the Top Safety Pick+ award, unlike its predecessor which scored only a Top Safety Pick.
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
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Redesigned BMW X1 earns top award from IIHS
ARLINGTON, Va. — The 2016 BMW X1 qualifies for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest award after a redesign boosted its performance in the small overlap front crash test. The small SUV also has a new optional front crash prevention system that earns an advanced rating.
The X1 earns a good small overlap rating. In the test, the driver's space was maintained reasonably well, with maximum intrusion of about 4 inches at the lower door hinge pillar and at the instrument panel.
In contrast, in the test of the previous version, intrusion reached 16 inches at the footwell, trapping the dummy's right foot.
Like its predecessor, the new X1 earns good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.
The X1's newly available front crash prevention system earns an advanced rating from IIHS. In track tests at 12 mph, impact speed was reduced by an average of 10 mph. In the 25 mph tests, impact speed was reduced by 7 mph. The system includes a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.
To qualify for TOP SAFETY PICK+, a vehicle must have good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests and an available front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating.