New mid-sized SUV, the BMW X3, has entered the Australian and New Zealand markets with a 5-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

The vehicle achieved credible scores in the areas of adult occupant protection (93%), child occupant protection (84%) and pedestrian protection (70%).

“The new BMW X3 offers high levels of safety for all members of the family,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin. “The X3 is also well-specified with active safety technologies offering a slightly higher standard safety specification than the X3 offered in Europe. Lane departure warning and intelligent speed assistance systems are offered as standard inclusions on Australian and New Zealand models.”

The 5-star ANCAP rating currently applies to xDrive20d variants only.