The 2015 BMW X3 is already one of the sportiest yet most fuel-efficient compact crossovers good for family use. And now with fresh New Car Assessment (NCAP) crash-test results released by the federal govenment, it’s also looking like one of the safest.
In federal testing, the 2015 X3 earned top five-star scores overall, as well as five stars in the frontal crash and side crash categories.
That includes a five-star rating for driver and front passenger side-barrier protection, as well as five stars in the side pole test, which simulates a 20-mph side impact with a narrow fixed object, like a tree or utility pole.
It’s the first time that any version of the X3, which has been around since the 2004 model year, has been run through the full battery of New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) tests. The current second-generation model made its U.S. debut in the 2011 model year; however the X3 received a mid-cycle refresh for 2015, which includes a number of feature and trim changes, so it’s unlikely that these results extend back to the previous models.
The X3 has already earned some pretty impressive ratings from the other major U.S. organization that conducts crash tests, the Insurance Institude for Highway Safety (IIHS). It earns top ‘good’ ratings for in primary frontal, side, and roof strength categories, as well as in the rear (seat and head restraint) category, plus a ‘basic’ rating for front crash prevention, with the optional Collision Warning with City Braking system. Although it doesn’t yet quality as an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ model because if its lack of small overlap frontal results.
We plan to revisit the refreshed X3 soon, so check back to our 2015 BMW X3 review pages for expanded impressions on the update.