The Asean New Car Assessment Programme (Asean NCAP) has conducted crash tests with the F30-generation BMW 318i, which scored five stars for adult occupant protection (AOP) and four stars for child occupant protection (COP). Points weighting for AOP, COP and safety assistance systems are 50%, 25% and 25% respectively, for which the BMW 318i scored 48.92 points, 18.38 points and 14.58 points respectively.
Asean NCAP stated that it is aware that the F30-generation 318i is not the latest iteration of the BMW 3 Series, which is now the G20-generation model. This previous generation model was still tested, however, as it is still available in the market for purchase as new, and therefore its safety rating is still of interest, adding that the latest G20-generation car also lacks front passenger seat belt reminders.
The 318i was considered to perform well in the adult occupant protection category, however its performance in the child occupant protection and safety assist systems were unexpected, Asean NCAP said. As tested, the F30 BMW 318i featured six airbags and electronic stability control, however Asean NCAP noted that the car lacked seat belt reminders (SBR) for both front and rear occupants.
Data fron the frontal offset impact test demonstrated adequate protection for the driver’s chest and the front passenger’s lower legs, with a ‘good’ rating observed for other regions of the driver’s and passenger’s bodies. For the side impact test, a ‘good’ rating was observed for the occupant’s upper body region. AOP scores comprised of 15.22 for frontal impact, 16.00 for side impact and 4.00 for head protection technology for a total of 35.22 from a possible 36.00 points.
Meanwhile, child occupant protection in the F30 318i fared slightly lower, where it scored 22.74 in the dynamic test, 7.00 in vehicle-based assessment and 6.28 for installation, for a total of 36.02 points from a possible 49.00 points.
The dynamic test assessment was conducted for 18-month-old and three-year-old child occupants; these were restrained with a rearward-facing Britax Baby Safe Plus installed via ISOFIX and supporting leg for the 18-month-old representation, and a forward-facing Britax Duo Plus installed via ISOFIX and top tether for the three-year old representation.
Here, the 18-month-old child dynamic test scored 8.00 in the frontal impact and 4.00 in the side impact for a 12.00 point total, and the three-year-old child dynamic test yielded 6.74 in the frontal impact and 4.00 in the side impact for a 10.74 point total.
Tested for the sedan vehicle category, the F30 BMW 318i scored a total of 81.88 points, making the previous-generation car eligible for a four-star Asean NCAP rating.