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Safest executive car: BMW 5 Series

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The BMW 5 Series is the safest car in Euro NCAP's Executive car class by quite some margin, beating the new Maserati Ghibli to the top spot in every category.

The 5 Series scored particularly highly for Safety Assist, but a top socre in the adult safety category and solid results in the child safety and pedestrian safety areas mean it's the safest car in its class.

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BMW fits six airbags and stability control as standard, and offers further safety options including £1,330 adaptive cruise control, a £995 head-up display and £500 lane departure warning.

A night-vision package is also available, with headlamps that can automatically identify pedestrians and highlight them with a separate beam of light. This feature, however, comes at a premium of £1,750.

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