The 2009 BMW 1-Series doesn't have crash-test scores on the books yet—but it does have plenty of safety features and BMW's reputation for quality in its corner. Editors at TheCarConnection.com believe the 1-Series to be a smart pick for safety.
Kelley Blue Book points out that the BMW 1-Series offers "standard front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability and traction controls." These are features that consumers have come to expect from automobiles today—and BMW's mix of standards and smart surprises pleases most drivers. ConsumerGuide praises the 2009 BMW 1-Series' "antiskid system, tire-pressure monitor, [and] daytime running lights."
Visibility is generally good in the 2009 BMW 1-Series. ConsumerGuide finds that on the BMW 2009 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 considerably worse on convertibles.