While the 1-Series has not yet been crash tested by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), BMWs have a long tradition of scoring very well in a variety of safety and crash tests, and there's little reason to think that BMWs 2008 1-Series will prove an exception.
Even the base version of the BMW 1-Series comes loaded with safety features, some typical and some innovative. Kelley Blue Book takes time to point out that the 1-Series iincludes "standard front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability and traction controls."
However, many reports read by TheCarConnection.com referenced a nifty little addition to the safety features list on the 1-Series: a system that automatically dries the brakes during wet driving conditions. ConsumerGuide appreciates these touches, such as an "antiskid system, tire-pressure monitor, [and] daytime running lights," that add to the safety credentials of the new 1-Series. ConsumerGuide also says that on the 1-Series, "thin pillars in the coupe provide fine visibility to all directions, though wide front headrests can get in the way when backing." Visibility is expected to decrease on convertibles, and here ConsumerGuide writes that the top on the 2008 BMW 1-Series convertible will "sacrifice visibility to the rear corners and directly astern."