2021 BMW X3  RealSafeCars86Safety Rating

#28 of 2021 SUVs

#40 of all 2021 vehicles


Pictured: 2019 BMW X3
The X3, a mainstay of BMW's lineup since 2004, is a midsize SUV with seating up to 5. The X3 has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it handles mud, snow, and sand with ease. The X3 provides superior EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, easing fuel costs and reducing pollution. BMW offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2021 BMW X3 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 2021 BMW X3 has a score of 86, implying a 0.034% chance of driver death (3.1% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.029%, and the chance of injury falls to 2.6%.

We estimate that the 2021 BMW X3 has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0342% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.9019%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0342% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.9019% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 BMW X3 is 29% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2021 BMW X3 is 18% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2021 BMW X3 offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.

BMW's Active Driving Assistant active safety features can protect loved ones by preventing accidents and reducing accident severity. Active safety systems that are standard on the BMW X3 include: Emergency Brake Assist, Lane-Change Warning with Lane-Change Assist, and Blind Spot Monitoring.

Some safety technologies get a lot of press, but others may also improve safety. Standard Cornering Headlights / Leveling Head Lamps better illuminate the road ahead --- the lights point towards the direction that the vehicle is heading. Side mirror turn signals are standard on the BMW X3. They alert other vehicles of your intention to switch lanes, which allows the other vehicle's driver to prevent an impending accident with you. Standard Automatic High Beams on the 2021 BMW X3 automatically switches off high beams headlights when another vehicle is nearby.


But it is about as safe as many comparable models.

9974Lexus NXM.-B. C-ClassVolvo S60Cadillac XT5A. A4 Allroad (Wagon)BMW X3Volvo XC60Audi Q5M.-B. GLC-ClassAcura RDXAlfa Romeo GiuliaVolvo V60Comparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 BMW X3 with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 74 to 99. The 2021 BMW X3 is safer than the 2021 Lexus NX and the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and less safe than the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, the 2021 Audi Q5, and the 2021 Volvo XC60. It is about as safe as the 2021 Volvo S60, the 2021 Cadillac XT5, the 2021 Audi A4 Allroad (Wagon), and the 2021 Volvo V60.

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