2020 BMW 3 Series  RealSafeCars85Safety Rating

#16 of 2020 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#54 of all 2020 vehicles


Pictured: 2012 BMW 3 Series
The 3 Series, part of BMW's lineup for decades, is a large sedan/hatchback/wagon with seating up to 5. The 3 Series provides exceptional fuel efficiency for its class, saving your wallet and the environment. The 3 Series has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it can easily bypass mud and snow. BMW offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2020 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 2020 BMW 3 Series has a score of 85, implying a 0.036% chance of driver death (3.2% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.031%, and the chance of injury falls to 2.8%.

We estimate that the 2020 BMW 3 Series has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0359% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.0999%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0359% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.0999% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2020 BMW 3 Series is 25% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2020 BMW 3 Series is 30% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2020 BMW 3 Series offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.


And it is safer than many comparable models.

9367Cadillac CT5Volkswagen ArteonAcura TLXKia StingerAudi A3M.-B. C-ClassAlfa Romeo GiuliaLexus RCBMW X3Hyundai Genesis G70BMW 3 SeriesVolvo S60Comparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2020 BMW 3 Series with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 67 to 93. The 2020 BMW 3 Series is safer than the 2020 Cadillac CT5, the 2020 Volkswagen Arteon, the 2020 Acura TLX, the 2020 Kia Stinger, the 2020 Audi A3, and the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and less safe than the 2020 Lexus RC and the 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia. It is about as safe as the 2020 Volvo S60, the 2020 Hyundai Genesis G70, and the 2020 BMW X3.

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