The winner of our 2020 What Car? Safety Award – sponsored by Thatcham Research – has to meet some tough standards, with a five-star Euro NCAP rating, crash avoidance systems as standard, driver assistance systems that reduce fatigue on long journeys, and an affordable purchase price that makes it potential high-volume seller.

The BMW 3 Series fulfills all those criteria, and more.

It’s one of the safest cars for you, your family and those around you – with a collision avoidance system with automatic emergency braking that matches those in far pricier models, as well as deployable bonnet tech that protects pedestrians and cyclists, and a five-star Euro NCAP rating with some impressive scores for adult and child occupant protection, as well as the frontal offset crash and side impact tests.

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