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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
The X3 earned the highest score of 'Good' for both frontal-offset and side-impact tests
The Dynamic Stability Control system in the 2007 X3 3.0si includes all of the latest safety enhancements
Top Safety Pick
The 2008 BMW X3 scores well in insurance-industry crash tests, but federal tests have not yet been completed.
Frontal and side impact tests earned the BMW X3 the highest score issued by the IIHS in crash tests, according to Edmunds. In fact, the 2008 BMW X3 garners a coveted Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for "good performance in front, side, and rear tests and standard electronic stability control." However, the BMW 2008 X3 has not been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Despite the lack of government crash ratings, Edmunds points out the many safety features that this BMW 2008 model possesses. Those features are: "Full-length side curtain airbags, front-seat side airbags, active headrests, antilock disc brakes and a stability control system." These are the primary standard features; however, there are additional features, including "automatic brake drying (whereby the rotors are lightly 'wiped' during wet weather conditions) [and] hill descent control."
Head restraints on each of the five seats in the 2008 BMW X3 and LATCH child seat anchors come standard as well, notes Cars.com. Rear side-impact airbags and front and rear parking sensors are also optional.
Finally, "Outward visibility is excellent," observes Cars.com, who says that getting a feel for the BMW X3's four corners is fairly easy.
The 2008 BMW X3 gets good IIHS crash-test scores and has advanced safety features; the NHTSA hasn’t tested one yet, though.