The 2016 BMW X1 Sport Utility AWD Xdrive28i is one of the best-selling BMW models in the United States on the market today and recent safety test reports may encourage a sharp increase in sales. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety today named the 2016 BMW X1 a “Top Safety Pick+”, the Institute’s highest rating, continuing the company’s long-standing commitment to offering class-leading safety with each new model. In order to earn “Top Safety Pick+”, a car must receive a rating of “good”, the Institute’s highest rating, in all five crashworthiness tests and an available front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating.

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One thing that drew the attention of the institute was the new structural design of the 2016 BMW X1. Overall, the new BMW X1 gained an additional 1.7 inches in height, 0.9 inches in width and decreased by 1.1 inches in length, the safety institute said in a statement.

The model, which can be found here at BMW of Peabody, also comes with some excellent safety features, something sure to satisfy most every driver. The 2016 BMW X1 comes with multiple airbags, including front side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and front knee airbags. The model also has stability and traction control. It comes standard with anti-lock disc brakes and an automatic brake drying technology that is good news for those who live in wetter climates.

The BMW X1 model’s newly available front crash prevention system earns an advanced rating from IIHS.  In the track tests at 12 mph, impact speed was reduced by an average of 10 mph. In the 25 mph test, impact speed was reduced by 7 mph. The system includes a forward collision warning component that meets National Highways Traffic Safety Administration criteria.