BMW earns a fifth 2019 safety award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with the latest accolade going to the 2019 G20 BMW 3 series sedan. The midsize luxury car earns a TOP SAFETY PICK+ award when equipped with specific headlights. To qualify for a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good headlight rating.
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The 3 series 4-door sedan earns good ratings across the board for crashworthiness and earns a superior rating for its standard and optional front crash prevention systems. The systems avoided collisions in 12 mph and 25 mph IIHS track tests and have a forward collision warning component that meets the criteria set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The midsize luxury car is available with three headlight options that offer a range of performance. The optional curve-adaptive headlights that come with the Executive package earn a good rating in IIHS tests. This headlight option also features high-beam assist, a system that automatically switches between high beams and low beams, depending on the presence of other vehicles. The car’s base headlights — static LED projectors — earn a poor rating, while the optional curve-adaptive lights sold with the Convenience package rate marginal.
The new 2019 BMW 330i and 330i xDrive are the 3 Series entry-level models to the U.S. market – at least for now – priced at $40,250 for the rear-wheel drive model and 42,250 for the xDrive configuration. The top G20 3 Series model – BMW M340i XDrive – will arrive in Summer 2019 with a base price of $56,995 which is fairly close to its competitors. The rear wheel drive M340i starts at $54,000 + $995.