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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
safety features up the wazoo
Car and Driver
received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest rating
Four stars, frontal collision; five stars, side impact
The 2008 BMW 3-Series provides numerous active and passive safety devices.
Good, but not stellar, showings in crash tests from the federal government and the insurance industry sully the 3-Series's reputation for being on top. The 2008 BMW 3-Series was rated four out of five stars in the frontal test and five stars in the side test from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A sedan was given the top "good" rating in frontal offset and side tests but "acceptable" in rear impact by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Passive safety features included with this 2008 BMW according to Car and Driver are "front and front side airbags as well as curtain airbags." Cars.com reports that this BMW 2008 offers standard safety features such as "side curtain airbags, side-impact airbags for the front seats and an electronic stability system," adding that "rear parking sensors are optional."
TheCarConnection.com has not noted any serious complaints over visibility issues in the 2008 BMW. Although "thick front pillars can obscure vision to the forward corners," Consumer Guide reports that "rear visibility is fine" for those behind the wheel of this BMW 2008.
The slightly lower front-impact scores are a concern, but the 2008 BMW 3-Series performs well in safety tests.