Is it safe?

Your five-star car might slip to four un­der new test rules

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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.’’

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