In the latest round of Euro NCAP’s crash tests, the organization tried the impact resistance of four vehicles - and two failed to get top marks. The new BMW 1 Series and 3 Series attained the maximum five-stars – but the new Peugeot 208 and updated Jeep Cherokee got four, braking a run of 25 five-star safety awards for new launches in 2019. They're the only two cars tested this year that have not got five stars, nevertheless, the pair still scored a “good” result.
The front-wheel drive third-gen 1 Series maintained its five-star rating – but the European New Car Assessment Programme found its adult occupant protection could be improved further with its front seats missing a “good” rating for whiplash protection. It got full marks for its autonomous emergency city brake function while the seventh-gen 3 Series – which has been brought up to date with all the latest safety systems - also scored five stars. Whilst that is impressive, its 76 per cent score for Active Safety technologies is down compared to the 94 per cent benchmark set by the Tesla Model 3 earlier this year.
The Peugeot 208 dropped a star compared to the previous-gen - which actually had less standard safety tech. The supermini met five-star requirements in all areas apart for the protection of vulnerable road users which is why it ended up with a rating of four.
Last, but not least, the Jeep Cherokee; it sits squarely in four-star territory with good performance across the board – and a big improvement over its larger stablemate, the Wrangler which was tested last year - and only scored one star.
“It’s good to see the premium brands, from Germany and elsewhere, maintaining the very high standards they have set for themselves and continuing to achieve five-star ratings," said Euro NCAP’s Michiel van Ratingen. "I’m sure that BMW’s customers can be confident that the company will continue to strive for the highest standards of safety, even as our protocols get tougher and tougher,” he added.