Like most luxury vehicles, the 2011 BMW 1-Series hasn't been crash-tested by NHTSA or the IIHS. Europe's largely analogous NCAP testing reveals the vehicle to be very safe, however, scoring five stars in crash tests.
The large list of standard safety features should also reassure buyers. Front, side, and side-curtain airbags; ABS, traction and stability control; tire-pressure monitoring; and daytime running lights are all standard. The car's thin pillars and tall windshield offer good visibility, though the headrests can get in the way at times when backing up or parking.