2020 BMW 1 Series scores 5-star ANCAP safety rating (video)

December 4, 2019

The all-new 2020 BMW 1 Series has passed through the scrutiny of ANCAP’s stringent crash test assessment regime, coming out the other side with the full five-star safety rating.

ANCAP has taken crash test data conducted by Euro NCAP and assessed the results against the local marking criteria. It scored high praise for side impact protection, and “good” for autonomous emergency braking capability, but “weak” for rear seat adult occupant protection.

In the four main areas of assessment, ANCAP gave the new 1 Series – based on the entry model – a score of 83 per cent for adult occupant protection, and 89 per cent for child occupant protection. It also received 76 per cent for vulnerable road user protection, and 73 per cent for its safety assist features.

Speaking about the results, ANCAP CEO James Goodwin said:

“Maximum points were scored by the 1 Series for the side impact protection provided to both adults and children. Tests of its autonomous emergency braking system also showed ‘Good’ performance with collisions avoided or mitigated in all scenarios. While still within five star bounds, test results for the protection of adult occupants seated in the rear was classified as ‘Weak’, and we saw ‘Marginal’ whiplash protection for the front seats.”

In the end the 2020 1 Series is stamped with the full five-star rating. It applies to all variants available in Australia and New Zealand. Check out our previous report for the new 1 Series lineup and prices, and see below for the cool slow-mo crash test footage.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.