NCAP Test: BMW X1 And 2 Series Active Tourer Get Five Stars

The i4 and the 2 Series Coupe both only managed a four-star rating in Euro NCAP tests. This sounds unlikely especially for a product from a luxury brand. The Bavarian automaker earned top marks in recent crash testing on the new X1 and 2 Series Active Tourer.

Since their forerunners were successful, the compact crossover and minivan continue this trend. Notably, starting in 2022, Euro NCAP adopted stricter protocol requirements, making it more difficult for new vehicles to get a perfect five-star rating. The X1 and the 2 Series Active Tourer share the same platform; hence they earned very similar marks.

The X1 used for this review was an xLine model with a 2.0-litre diesel engine driven with the left hand. Safety ratings for adults (86%), children (89%), and those most at risk on the road (76%) were all relatively high. Results were also 88% for Adult Occupant, 81% for Child Occupant, and 79% for Vulnerable Road Users in the LHD 2 Series Active Tourer 217i. The models were evaluated with the standard safety gear installed.

Euro NCAP conducted a test with a broader group of vehicles, two of which were BMWs. The Mercedes-Benz EQE sedan, Mazda CX-60, SEAT Ibiza and Arona, Nissan Juke Hybrid, and Chinese BYD ATTO 3 received five-star ratings. Retested with a centre airbag, lap pretensioners, junction assist, and fatigue monitoring, the eighth-generation VW Golf maintained its five-star rating. Finally, the Chinese-made Citron C5 X and Renault Mobilize Limo scored only four stars in active safety tests.

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