Is it safe?
Your five-star car might slip to four under new test rules
high pedestrian protection results. The 3 Series achieved 78 per cent in pedestrian protection, despite lacking an ‘‘ active bonnet’’ that pops up on impact.
The 208 scored 61 per cent, only just clearing the Euro NCAP five-star threshold of 60 per cent. The Mazda scored 64 and the Hyundai 67.
Under 2013 ANCAP rules, these scores would be enough to preserve an overall five-star rating if they also scored five stars for occupant protection.
The high pedestrian protection scores for the Mazda andBMWare due to autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems, which override the driver if a collision is imminent.
Euro NCAP spokesman Michiel van Ratingen says that if all cars were fitted with these braking systems, many crashes could be avoided or the damage reduced.
BMWAustralia spokesman Piers Scott says AEB is part of the active protection package on everyBMWin Australia,. ‘‘ If there is an accident with airbags, it brings the car to an immediate halt so there is no secondary collision,’’ he says. ‘‘ However, it can be overridden (if) the driver chooses to brake harder or accelerate away.’’