2019 BMW i3  RealSafeCars79Safety Rating

#46 of 2019 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#99 of all 2019 vehicles


The i3, which BMW introduced in 2014, is a small hatchback with seating up to 4. Strong on technology, it has offered Apple CarPlay since 2018. The i3 provides superior EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, easing fuel costs and reducing pollution. The BMW i3 packs some potency, exceeding the average horsepower for its class. BMW offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2019 BMW i3 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 2019 BMW i3 has a score of 79, implying a 0.043% chance of driver death (3.8% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.041%, and the chance of injury falls to 3.7%.

We estimate that the 2019 BMW i3 has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0428% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.8863%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0428% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.8863% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2019 BMW i3 is 11% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2019 BMW i3 is 17% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2019 BMW i3 offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 4%.


And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

10061INFINITI Q70M. Outlander PHEVBMW i3Lexus NXBMW X2Lexus ISVolvo XC60Audi Q5M.-B. GLC-ClassAcura RDXLexus RCCadillac XT5Comparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2019 BMW i3 with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 61 to 100. The 2019 BMW i3 is safer than the 2019 INFINITI Q70 and less safe than the 2019 Lexus IS, the 2019 Cadillac XT5, the 2019 Lexus RC, the 2019 Acura RDX, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, the 2019 Audi Q5, and the 2019 Volvo XC60. It is about as safe as the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the 2019 Lexus NX.

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