S. Korea picks BMW 520d as this year's safest car

Lim Chang-won Reporter Posted : 2017-12-13 09:59 Updated : 2017-12-13 09:59
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BMW's 520d sedan was selected as this year's safest car in South Korea, followed by Mercedes-Benz's E220d and Stinger, a high-performance car produced by Kia Motors as a strategic model to compete with foreign brands on its home turf.

The three cars scored high points in the annual safety checking of four imported and seven home-made cars selected by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

BMW's 520d was the safest car with 99.1 points. E220d was second with 97.4 points while Kia's Stinger stood third with 92.6 points. Cars carrying advanced safety features won extra points.

The 11 cars analyzed for this year's safety inspection also included Honda's CR-V, Toyota's Prius, SsangYong Motor's mid-sized SUV Rexton, GM Korea's Cruze, Kia's Morning and three Hyundai Motor cars -- i30, Grandeur and Kona.