The safest cars of 2010 have been revealed by Euro NCAP, the organisation that crash tests new cars and awards them safety ratings.
The safety authority has analysed all tests and shortlisted the top cars from each category.
BMW has recovered from the old-shape 5 Series only receiving four stars. The latest BMW 5 Series both scored five stars and won the Euro NCAP executive car seal of approval.
Japanese models Toyota Verso and Honda CR-Z joined the Kia Sportage in getting respective votes in their sectors.
Alfa Romeo has also emerged victorious, with the sporty new Alfa Giulietta getting the honour of being classed the safest family hatchback of 2010.
Dr Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP secretary general, said: "Every year, car manufacturers constantly work to innovate and make their cars better and safer for the driver, whatever the size of the vehicle.
"The presence in these categories of high performing five star cars demonstrates car manufacturers' commitment to safety for all sizes of vehicles."
However, the Citroen Nemo only got three stars, and the first Chinese car to be tested - the Landwind CV9 - scored just two stars.
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