The all-new BMW iX has received the maximum 5-star overall safety rating from Euro NCAP, which is of course not a surprise. The result of the safety evaluation comes just right in time as the customer deliveries just started in Europe.
The large and heavy (2,573 kg) vehicles are always perceived as safer than average and, in the case of a premium brand, there is always budget for the latest safety features to improve the score.
The car noted one of the highest Adult Occupant and Child Occupant results: respectively 91% and 87%, but not as high as the Mercedes-Benz EQS (96% and 91%). Several point difference is a small surprise.
The Vulnerable Road Users result is at 73%, while the Safety Assist is at 81% (actually 1% above the EQS).
For reference, the Chinese NIO ES8 recently noted worse occupant safety (respectively 82% and 84%), a similar Vulnerable Road Users score (72%), but a way better Safety Assist score (92%). It means that the competition in the high-end of the market is getting fierce.
2021 BMW iX Euro NCAP test results:
- Adult Occupant - 91 percent
- Child Occupant - 87 percent
- Vulnerable Road Users - 73 percent
- Safety Assist - 81 percent
See all details here.
Crash tests include:
- Frontal impact test - 50% of the width of the car is striking an oncoming deformable barrier (both traveling at 50 km/h/31 mph)
- Frontal impact test - the car impacts a rigid full-width barrier at 50 km/h (31 mph)
- Side impact test - a mobile deformable barrier impacts the driver's door at 60 km/h (37.3 mph)
- Pole test - the tested car is propelled sideways into a rigid pole at 32 km/h (20 mph)