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BMW 2 Series Coupe 2022: four-star safety rating for new coupe in Euro NCAP test


European crash and safety testing revealed that the new 2 Series did not react fast enough in some AEB situations

The new BMW 2 Series coupe has missed out on a five star safety rating from Euro NCAP testing officials, with the new G42-chassis two-door scoring four stars for 2022.

The result sees the new coupe fall below the related BMW 3 Series sedan and wagon, which scored five stars in 2019, as did the mechanically-unrelated 2 Series Gran Coupe in 2019.

While the 2 Series coupe performed well in the adult occupant (82 percent) and child occupant (81 percent) areas of the test, the new BMW model did not perform as well in testing relating to protection of vulnerable road users (meaning cyclists and pedestrians), as well as semi-autonomous safety assist technology. 

The 2 Series Coupe scored lowest in the safety assist category where it received a score of just 64 percent. While speed assistance performed well, along with adequate occupant status monitoring, the 2 Series fell behind in the areas of lane support and car-to-car AEB. 

Emergency lane keep assist was average, with lane support scoring just 1.8 out of a total of four points. 

In the category of protection for vulnerable road users, it scored 67 percent due to poor protection for cyclists. In this category, AEB cyclist detection returned a score of just four out of a total of nine points. 

BMW 2 Series NCAP 3/4 view
The BMW 2 Series scored well in the driver and passenger protection testing

“The system’s performance was marginal (average) when in tests of its response to cyclists,” a statement from Euro NCAP said. 

The BMW 2 Series coupe has not yet been tested by the Australian ANCAP safety testing body. It is likely that ANCAP will convert the European result, as is common for European models imported locally – though a final Australian score is yet to be declared.

How does the BMW 2 Series compare with other coupes?

BMW 2 Series NCAP side impact
The 2 Series was let down by average lane keep assist and AEB cyclist detection

Although the BMW 2 Series Coupe has few direct competitors, the Mercedes CLA coupe scored a five star NCAP rating in its most recent 2019 test. The CLA did well in all areas, scoring 96 percent for adult occupant protection, 91 percent for child occupant protection, 91 percent for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists and 75 percent for safety assistance. 

The related BMW 3 Series sedan and wagon scored a much better result, with a 97 percent rating for adult protection, 87 percent for child protection, 87 percent for vulnerable road users and 76 percent for safety assist.