Independent vehicle safety firm, ANCAP, has released ratings for the new BMW 1 Series and the Peugeot Partner van.
BMW's entry-level model achieved a five-star safety rating with high scores for side impact protection.
"Maximum points were scored by the 1 Series for the side impact protection provided to both adults and children," said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.
"Tests of its autonomous emergency braking system also showed 'Good' performance with collisions avoided or mitigated in all scenarios."
ANCAP noted concerns over the chest protection offered to rear seat adult occupants and whiplash protection for front seating positions.
"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."
The five-star safety rating applies to Australian and New Zealand delivered BMW 118i and M135i xDrive variants sold from October 2019.
The Peugeot Partner van could only manage a four-star rating due to the autonomous emergency braking system lacking cyclist detection.
Despite achieving a good Adult Occupant Protection score of 90 per cent, it only managed 58 per cent for Vulnerable Road User Protection.
"Overall performance of the Peugeot's autonomous emergency braking system was rated as 'Marginal' with the system unable to respond to cyclists."
"Light commercial vans will often spend more time and cover more kilometres on our roads, particularly in busy metropolitan areas so it is disappointing to see this model score poorly for its ability to protect pedestrians and cyclists," Mr Goodwin said.
The four-star ANCAP safety rating applies to the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel Peugeot Partner vans on sale in Australia from August 2019.
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