2008 BMW 3 series

midsize luxury car / 4-door sedan

2008 BMW 3 series 4-door sedan
2007 BMW 3 series 4-door sedan shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2006-11 models

Tested vehicle: 2006 BMW 325i 4-door

The BMW 3 series was redesigned for the 2006 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head contacted the side curtain airbag during rebound.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low.

Side

Rating applies to 2006-11 models built after November 2005

Tested vehicle: 2006 BMW 325i 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The BMW 3 series was redesigned for the 2006 model year. Beginning with 2006 models manufactured after November 2005, changes were made to the side airbags and door trim panels to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door). The tested car was manufactured after the modifications had been made.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Action shot taken during the side impact crash test showing the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2006-11 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 BMW 328i 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,398 lbs
Peak force 13,302 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 3.91

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2006-08 models built after February 2006

Seat type: Power leather seats built after Feb 2006

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry