2016 BMW 3 Series  RealSafeCars83Safety Rating

#11 of 2016 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#30 of all 2016 vehicles

Pictured: 2012 BMW 3 Series
The 3 Series, a mainstay of BMW's lineup for decades, is a large sedan/hatchback/wagon with seating up to 5. The 3 Series provides superior EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, easing fuel costs and reducing pollution. The 3 Series has offered Android Auto since 2021 and Apple CarPlay since 2017. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it can easily handle mud, snow, and sand. BMW offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2016 BMW 3 Series is average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2016 BMW 3 Series has a score of 83, implying a 0.038% chance of driver death (3.4% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.036%, and the chance of injury falls to 3.3%.

We estimate that the 2016 BMW 3 Series has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0378% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.3116%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0378% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.3116% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2016 BMW 3 Series is 19% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2016 BMW 3 Series is 25% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2016 BMW 3 Series offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 3%.

But it is safer than many comparable models.

9268Volkswagen EosVolvo V60Volvo S60Acura ILXAcura TLXVolkswagen CCBMW 2 SeriesBMW 3 SeriesM.-B. C-ClassAudi A4Lexus ISCadillac ATSComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2016 BMW 3 Series with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 68 to 92. The 2016 BMW 3 Series is safer than the 2016 Volkswagen Eos, the 2016 Volvo V60, the 2016 Volvo S60, the 2016 Acura ILX, the 2016 Acura TLX, the 2016 Volkswagen CC, the 2016 Cadillac ATS, the 2016 Lexus IS, and the 2016 Audi A4 and less safe than the 2016 BMW 2 Series. It is about as safe as the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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