Royal Treatment: BMW X3 Receives 5-Star Euro NCAP Rating


The 2012 BMW X3 has received the coveted 5-Star Euro NCAP rating.

It was just last year that 50 BMW X3 vehicles were recalled by the NHTS due to power steering issues. The Bavarian automaker vowed never to let a safety issue like that come up again, and has now received the prestigious 5-Star Euro NCAP rating for the crossover. In addition to earning this top rating, the safety agency also gave the BMW 41 points for child protection, 11.9 in the 18 month-old child test with the backwards-facing seat and a maximum 12 in the 3 year old child seat - all excellent scores.

Now, on to the driver's seat, this received 14.6 points in the frontal collision test. The crossover then scored maximum points for the protection it provided in the side barrier test. The front seat and head restraint provided marginal protection against whiplash injuries in rear end collisions. The current X3 received only 71 percent for its Safety Assist Technology due to the seatbelt reminder system for the driver and passengers. BMW can't win top points in every single category, but they have for the most part drastically improved it over the 2011 X3 model.

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