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BMW 3 Series is the safest large family car for 2013

BMW 3 Series is the safest large family car for 2013
Tristan Honeywill

Euro NCAP has named the BMW 3 Series “best in class” in its large family car category. The BMW narrowly beat the Volvo V60 and V60 plug-in hybrid by scoring more points for crash protection of adults and children.

The BMW protects adults well in front, side and whiplash crash scenarios. The same goes for children, with an almost perfect score for the 18-month and three-year old dummies. Pedestrian protection is also well above average.

On safety assistance systems, the Volvos offer more technologies as standard, but the 3 Series does offer a speed limitation device as a £220 option. Other options include a lane departure warning (£370) and a blind spot warning (£440), both worth fitting.

The 3 Series has become the default choice for many people looking to buy a big family car. Given the safety that comes as standard in the vehicle, it’s easy to see why. For 2013, the new car is the safe choice for buyers.


Safety tips

Buying guide

  • The five-door 3 Series starts at £23,180
  • The 3 Series Touring estate starts at £24,495
  • Also consider the Volvo V60, which lost out only narrowly to BMW in this category. The Volvo also more accident prevention technologies as standard


  1. Androo

    It’s all very well for Euro NCAP to say this, but if you look at the small overlap test the IIHS does on top of Euro NCAP’s tests, you see that the BMW has a weakness against the Volvo. So really, it’s the Volvo that’s the safer car.

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