2018 BMW 3 Series  RealSafeCars84Safety Rating

#10 of 2018 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#32 of all 2018 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. Strong on technology, it has offered Android Auto since 2021 and Apple CarPlay since 2017. The 3 Series provides exceptional fuel efficiency for its class, saving your wallet and the environment. 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 2018 BMW 3 Series is above 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 2018 BMW 3 Series has a score of 84, implying a 0.037% chance of driver death (3.3% 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 3.2%.

We estimate that the 2018 BMW 3 Series has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0369% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.2105%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0369% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.2105% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2018 BMW 3 Series is 23% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2018 BMW 3 Series is 28% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2018 BMW 3 Series offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 3%.


And it is safer than many comparable models.

9170Acura ILXBMW X1Volvo S60INFINITI Q50Volvo V60BMW 2 SeriesM.-B. C-ClassAudi A4BMW 3 SeriesLexus ISAcura TLXLexus NXComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2018 BMW 3 Series with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 70 to 91. The 2018 BMW 3 Series is safer than the 2018 Acura ILX, the 2018 BMW X1, the 2018 Volvo S60, the 2018 INFINITI Q50, the 2018 Volvo V60, the 2018 Lexus NX, and the 2018 Acura TLX and less safe than the 2018 BMW 2 Series. It is about as safe as the 2018 Audi A4.

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