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BMW 2 Series Gets IIHS Top Safety Pick

2 Series | June 26th, 2014 by 3
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The BMW 2 Series coupe has received a “Top Safety Pick” rating from the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 2 Series Coupe scored …

The BMW 2 Series coupe has received a “Top Safety Pick” rating from the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 2 Series Coupe scored “Good” in all categories. Full report can be seen here.

Small Overlap Front

The BMW 1 series was redesigned for the 2014 model year and renamed the 2 series.

Structure

The driver space was maintained reasonably well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 29 cm at the footrest and 28 cm at the left toepan. Upper interior intrusion measured 7-8 cm at the upper hinge pillar and instrument panel.

Injury measures

BMW 2 Series Gets IIHS Top Safety Pick

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects.

Moderate Overlap Front

BMW 2 Series Gets IIHS Top Safety Pick

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain airbag deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head contacted the side curtain airbag.

Side

BMW 2 Series Gets IIHS Top Safety Pick

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Roof Strength

BMW 2 Series Gets IIHS Top Safety Pick

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle’s weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle’s weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2014 BMW 228i 2-door
Weight 3,326 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 106 in.
Length 175 in.
Width 70 in.
Engine 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 23 mpg city / 36 mpg highway

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  • oblio9090

    But for $35K, you’d be better off with a spacious and tall Volvo XC60.

    • jason bourne

      Not if you’re looking for a driver’s car.

  • Misha Nikolich

    This is high praise for the new 2 Series, along with the overall performance reviews it has already received.

    Does anyone know if Euro NCAP tests are more stringent than IIHS? (I notice NCAP tests for side pole impact and also child safety.)

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