BMW 2 Series Active Tourer gets a five star rating from Euro NCAP, the same rating given to the Tesla Model S.

In the European safety and crash test, the 2 Series Active Tourer scored exceptional in the child and adult occupant areas, with 85% and 84%, respectively. Without a doubt, these are two areas of interest that BMW has worked extensively on it since the front-wheel drive BMW is targeting a younger demographic and small families.

Euro NCAP also rates the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer with 60% for pedestrian and 70% for safety assist.

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Here are the full results:

Adult Occupant

The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. The passenger dummy showed good protection of all critical parts of the body. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of both the driver and passenger. BMW showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. However, injury parameters indicated weak protection of the driver’s lower legs.

In the side barrier test, the 2 Series Active Tourer scored maximum points, with good protection of all body regions. Even in the more severe side pole test, the car scored maximum points with good protection of all areas, most notably the chest. Tests showed that the front seats and head restraints would provide good protection against whiplash injury in the event of a rear-end collision and a geometrical assessment of the rear seats also indicated good protection. Moreover, the 2 Series Active Tourer has a standard-fit autonomous emergency braking system that works at low speeds typical of city driving. Euro NCAP’s tests showed that collisions could be avoided at speeds up to 20km/h and collision severity mitigated at higher speeds, up to 50km/h.

Child Occupant

The 2 Series Active Tourer scored maximum points in the dynamic tests for its protection of both the 1½ year and the 3 year dummy. Both dummies were sat in rearward-facing restraints, providing the best form of protection in the frontal impact. In the side barrier test, both dummies were properly contained within the protective shells of their restraints, minimising the likelihood of dangerous head contact with the vehicle interior. The front passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. Clear information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag and the system was rewarded. All of the restraints for which the car is designed could be properly installed and accommodated in the vehicle.


The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer has an active bonnet which lifts when a pedestrian is struck to provide greater clearance to the hard structures in the engine compartment. BMW demonstrated that the system would detect a range of pedestrian statures over a wide range of speeds, so the car was tested with the bonnet in the deployed position. On the bonnet surface, the protection offered to a pedestrian’s head was good or adequate almost everywhere. Some poor results were recorded at the base of the windscreen and on the stiff windscreen pillars. The front edge of the bonnet performed well towards the centreline of the vehicle but gave poor results elsewhere. The bumper offered good protection to pedestrians’ legs and scored maximum points.

Safety Assist

The 2 Series Active Tourer has electronic stability control as standard equipment. A seatbelt reminder is standard for the front and rear seats. An autonomous emergency braking system is standard equipment and, in Euro NCAP’s tests, showed adequate performance. A driver-set speed limitation device is available as an option but is expected to be fitted to most cars sold. The system met Euro NCAP’s requirements for speed-limiters of this type. A lane-keeping aid is also an option but was not included in the assessment as it is not expected to be fitted to most cars sold.