2023 BMW X1 awarded five-star ANCAP safety rating

2023 BMW X1 awarded five-star ANCAP safety rating

BMW’s X1 small SUV has received top marks in independent safety tests, but the five-star rating has yet to be applied to the electric-powered iX1.


That 2023 BMW X1 was awarded a five-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), months after the new-generation SUV arrived at local showrooms.

All petrol-powered variants of BMW’s third-generation X1, launched in July 2022, have been awarded the five-star ANCAP rating – but the electric iX1 has yet to be tested.

According to ANCAP, the 2023 BMW X1 recorded results of 86 percent in adult occupant protection, 88 percent in child occupant protection, 76 percent in protection of vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists) and 94 percent in safety assist technology.



The Safety Assist score of 94 percent is the fifth-highest achieved during the 2020-2022 ANCAP testing procedures, behind competing SUVs such as the Tesla Model Y, Nissan Qashqai, Nissan X-Trail and Subaru Outback.

The BMW X1’s seat belt reminder, driver monitoring system and autonomous emergency braking assist received full marks, while all other aspects of the technology were only half a point away from a perfect score.

A score of 88 percent for child occupant protection was achieved because the X1 scores high in the dynamic front and side impact tests, while its restraint system also scores well.



The BMW X1’s 86 percent score for adult occupant protection was achieved thanks to the perfect side impact, oblique pole, far-side impact, and rescue and extraction results.

ANCAP found it lost 4.38 points out of eight in the frontal offset test and said the crash test dummy readings indicated weak protection for the driver’s chest and marginal protection for the lower legs.

Despite its ‘active’ bonnet – which raises when a pedestrian impact is detected – the BMW X1 performed poorly in the thigh impact test, scoring just 0.17 out of six available points, leading to its 76 per cent Vulnerable Road User Protection score .



The SUV performed well in thigh impact, head impact, and in the pedestrian (forward) and cyclist categories with autonomous emergency braking. ANCAP also found that the system does not respond to pedestrians while the car is in reverse.

The 2023 BMW X1 is available in stores now, starting at $53,900 plus utilities.

Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach was born in Canberra/Ngunnawal and currently resides in Brisbane/Turrbal. Jordan joined the Drive team in 2022 and has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. A self-proclaimed iRacing addict, Jordan finds himself either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or berating his ZH Fairlane over the weekend.

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