Production of the BMW i4 began in October last year when the first examples of an electric sedan were launched off the assembly line in Munich. We were impressed with the vehicle when we tested it a few months ago, but at the time, we had no idea that it didn’t meet the highest safety standards in the industry. We were a little disappointed to learn that the i4 earned four out of five stars in the latest round of safety evaluations of the European New Car Assessment Program.
Overall, EuroNCAP has positive things to say about the i4’s passenger compartment after the frontal offset test. The dummy number indicates good protection for the knees and thighbones of the driver and passenger. More importantly, the figures reveal that the i4 provides the same level of protection to passengers of different sizes and those seated in different positions.
If you’re traveling with your kids, don’t worry – EuroNCAP says the 6 and 10 year old dolls qualify for maximum points in the frontal offset and side-impact barrier tests. As standard, the front passenger airbag can be deactivated to allow the child restraint seat to be installed facing the prize.
However, European safety organizations are not happy with the i4 security and assistance system. The Bavarian electric sedan only scored 64 percent in the Safety Assist category and 71 percent in the Vulnerable Road Users category. EuroNCAP says that the i4 uses the same sensors as the Series 3 the organization tested in 2019 and this may explain why the EV is “missing some critical crash avoidance points.”
EuroNCAP remains satisfied with the i4 automatic emergency braking system which avoids or reduces collisions in several test scenarios. The electric vehicle was tested in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel drive versions (eDrive40 and M50), both receiving the same four-star rating overall in the LHD and RHD configurations.
EuroNCAP also tested the Alfa Romeo Tonale, Kia Sportage, Cupra Born, and Mercedes T-Class, giving them all the highest possible five-star rating, The Toyota Aygo X, in turn, only getting four out of five stars.