The safest ten drives of the year

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Thatcham Research is today revealing the ten safest new cars vying for the What Car? Safety Award 2019.

This year, beyond a five-star Euro NCAP rating, the ten cars in the mix for the much-coveted award were also selected by expert judges on:


  • Euro NCAP scores for the highest levels of protection offered to driver, front passenger and rear-seated child passengers in a crash


  • How well each car performed in new Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) tests, introduced to address rising numbers of accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians


  • Availability of systems which combine Adaptive Cruise Control, Speed Recognition and Control, and Steering Support – the first step towards vehicle automation


  • Sales volume in the UK – can the car have an opportunity to make a real impact on road safety?


Matthew Avery, What Car? Safety Award judge and Director of Research at Thatcham Research comments, “We raised the bar in safety testing for 2018, which means the ten cars in this longlist are some of the safest ever made, anywhere in the world.”

To find out more click here: What Car? Safety Award 2019