In the recent round of the Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) crash tests, the all-new G20 BMW 3 Series received glowing endorsement for its safety capabilities by scoring a maximum five stars according to the latest Euro NCAP testing standards.
Aside from the star rating, the C-segment luxury sedan achieved a score of 97% for adult occupant protection, which is the best ever result in the “large family car” category since the introduction of the current updated test format.
The BMW 3 Series also performed well in the other Euro NCAP criteria, scoring 87%, 87% and 76% for child occupant, vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists), and safety assist respectively.
BMW attributed the sterling safety performance of the 3 Series to the vehicle’s integrated safety concept. The weight-optimised design and high-load bearing capacity of the support structure, coupled with the engineered deformation paths maintain the rigidity of the passenger cell in various forms of impacts.
Restraint systems such as airbags and inertia-reel seatbelts, controlled via the central safety electronics, work in cohort with the improved crash structure to ensure that physical injuries are kept to a minimum for all occupants.
The Euro NCAP testing standards were updated in 2018 to include more stringent testing for advanced safety features, such as automatic emergency braking and collision avoidance.
The extensive list of advanced safety features, which comes as standard on the G20 BMW 3 Series, breezed through the tests with flying colours. In fact, the collision and pedestrian warning with braking function managed to safely avert a collision in all test scenarios, earning it maximum points in the occupant safety assessment.
The G20 BMW 3 Series is now available in Malaysia as a locally assembled unit, with the sole 330i M Sport variant priced at RM288,800 on the road without insurance.
Despite the price cut, the locally assembled 3 Series does not get short changed in terms of safety equipment, with the full list of advanced safety features inherited from the imported unit.