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BMW X3 earns Top Safety Pick Plus award

The 2018 X3 earned all-around 'good' ratings when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights.

BMW's 2018 X3 has joined the Top Safety Pick Plus ranks.

The redesigned X3 earned 'good' ratings in all crash categories including driver- and passenger-side small overlap, moderate overlap, side, roof strength and head restraint.

"he previous generation of the X3 was never tested for small overlap protection on either side," the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says. The new one performed well, with maximum intrusion of 2 inches on one side of the toepan on both the driver and passenger sides. It earns a good rating in both tests.

The X3 is available with two automatic emergency braking systems, one with 'City Collision Mitigation' and another with 'Extended Collision Mitigation.' Both were deemed 'superior' in the IIHS tests, avoiding impact with obstacles at 12 mph and 25 mph.

To get 'good' headlights, buyers must be willing to pay for the Executive package. The other two available headlight systems were deemed 'marginal.'

The Mercedes-Benz GLC is the only other TSP+ winner in the midsize luxury SUV category.