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The BMW X3 will enter the Australian and New Zealand market with a five-star ANCAP safety rating under its belt.

Judges praised the mid-sized SUV for its overall occupant protection, with dual frontal, side chest, side head-protecting (curtain) and driver knee airbags all included as standard. Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and a lane departure warning (LDW) system are also featured for all models.

“The new BMW X3 offers high levels of safety for all members of the family,” ANCAP Chief Executive, Mr James Goodwin said.

Credible scores were achieved in the areas of Adult Occupant Protection (93%), Child Occupant Protection (84%) and Pedestrian Protection (70%) with ‘Good’ or ‘Acceptable’ injury risk ratings recorded for the majority of critical body regions.  ‘Marginal’ levels of protection were recorded for the chest of the rear passenger in the full width test and the chest of the driver in the pole test.

Mr Goodwin said it was “encouraging to see standard safety inclusions being prioritised for our market.”

“The X3 is also well-specified with active safety technologies offering a slightly higher standard safety specification than the X3 offered in Europe.

“Lane departure warning and intelligent speed assistance systems are offered as standard inclusions on Australian and New Zealand models.”

This 5 star ANCAP safety rating currently applies to xDrive20d variants only.

The full technical report is available here: TECHNICAL REPORT – BMW X3