2020 BMW i3  RealSafeCars81Safety Rating

#33 of 2020 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#84 of all 2020 vehicles


The i3, introduced by BMW in 2014, is a small hatchback with seating up to 4. The i3 has Apple Carplay, which should appeal to iPhone owners. The i3 provides exceptional fuel efficiency for its class, saving your wallet and the environment. The BMW i3 provides superior horsepower for its class, offering great power. BMW offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2020 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 2020 BMW i3 has a score of 81, implying a 0.041% chance of driver death (3.7% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2020 BMW i3 has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0413% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.7179%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0413% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.7179% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2020 BMW i3 is 14% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2020 BMW i3 is 20% less likely to result in a fatal accident.


And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

9974Lexus NXBMW X2BMW i3INFINITI Q50Lexus ISTesla Model YVolvo XC60Audi Q5M.-B. GLC-ClassAcura RDXLexus RCTesla Model 3Comparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2020 BMW i3 with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 74 to 99. The 2020 BMW i3 is less safe than the 2020 Tesla Model Y, the 2020 Tesla Model 3, the 2020 Lexus RC, the 2020 Acura RDX, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, the 2020 Audi Q5, and the 2020 Volvo XC60. It is about as safe as the 2020 BMW X2, the 2020 INFINITI Q50, and the 2020 Lexus IS.

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