- The 2014 BMW 2 series luxury car earned the 2014 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
- It is the first BMW model to earn either of the Institute?s safety awards for 2014.
- It is the first BMW to earn a ?good? or ?acceptable? rating in the small overlap front crash test.
ARLINGTON, Virginia — The 2014 BMW 2 series luxury car earned the 2014 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
It is the first BMW model to earn either of the Institute's safety awards for 2014. BMW redesigned the 1 Series for the 2014 model year and renamed it the 2 Series.
The 2 Series earned "good" ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head-restraint evaluations. The head-restraint rating applies only to models built after June 2014.
An optional forward collision warning and braking system, called City Braking, earned the 2 Series an "advanced" rating for front-crash protection.
"The system has automatic braking technology that significantly reduced the vehicle's speed in the Institute's 12 mph test," the evaluation noted.
The 2 Series is the first BMW to earn a "good" or "acceptable" rating in the small overlap front crash test. The test is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole.
"In the small overlap test, the driver's space was maintained reasonably well," the Institute said in a statement on Wednesday. "Injury measures recorded on the driver dummy indicated a low risk of any significant injuries in a real-world crash of this severity.
"The dummy's head made good contact with the frontal airbag, which stayed in position during the crash, and the side-curtain airbag deployed to protect the head from contact with the side structures."
The 2 Series is only the fifth luxury car to earn the Institute's highest Top Safety Pick+ award for 2014. The others are the 2015 Audi A3, 2014 Infiniti Q50, 2014 Lincoln MKZ and 2014 Volvo S60.
The 2014 BMW 2 Series has not been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Edmunds says: As expected, newly redesigned vehicles that have had time to factor in the new partial offset test into their design are faring much better.