The 2016MY BMW X1 has received the Top Safety Pick+ award after being crash tested by the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety.
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