The small overlap frontal crash test is a tough scenario for automakers to crack, but the Chevrolet Bolt EV passed it with flying colors. So did the BMW i3, but both exhibit very different damage in a crash test comparison.
The video above highlights both cars during their crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In the small overlap crash test, the Bolt EV holds together quite well, while the i3 seems to fall apart and crumble. Despite the differences, the IIHS noted both cars showed well-maintained driver space with minimal intrusion. Additionally, the risk for significant injuries is very low despite how the i3 behaved.
For what it’s worth, the Bolt EV was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick after scoring “Good” ratings in five crashworthiness categories. The i3 boasts similar scores save for the head restraints, which only earned an “Average” rating.
Check out the differences and similarities in the video above.