The keyless vulnerability

The Thatcham Research Consumer Security Rating assesses a new vehicle’s all-round security.

To gain a Superior award, a certified immobiliser and alarm must be fitted, along with other features such as double-locking and wheel security.

If it has one, the car’s keyless entry and start system must also pass a Relay Attack test conducted by Thatcham Research technicians. Should it fail, a Poor rating is given.

So, if you’re considering a new car but have concerns about keyless entry and start security, scroll down to find out which carmakers have, and haven’t, introduced fixes.

Thatcham Research Consumer Security Ratings: November 2019

Audi A6 Allroad (Relay Attack pass)

BMW 1 Series (Relay Attack pass)

BMW 8 Series (Relay Attack pass)

BMW X6 (Relay Attack pass)

Ford Puma (Relay Attack pass)

Volkswagen Passat (Relay Attack pass)

Thatcham Research Consumer Security Ratings: to date 2019

Audi e-tron (Relay Attack pass)

BMW 7 Series (Relay Attack pass)

BMW X7 (Relay Attack pass)

DS3 Crossback (Relay Attack fail)

Ford Mondeo (Relay Attack fail)

Hyundai Nexo (Relay Attack fail)

Jaguar XE (Relay Attack pass)

Kia ProCeed (Relay Attack fail)

Land Rover Evoque (Relay Attack pass)

Lexus UX (Relay Attack fail)

Mercedes B-Class (Relay Attack pass)

Mazda 3 (Relay Attack fail)

Porsche 911 (Relay Attack pass)

Porsche Macan (Relay Attack pass)

Suzuki Jimny (Relay Attack n/a)

Toyota Corolla (Relay Attack fail)

Toyota RAV-4 (Relay Attack fail)

Volvo V60 (Relay Attack fail)

The New Categories

SUPERIOR

GOOD

BASIC

Poor

Unacceptable

Security at Different Price Points

Cars at different price points have different levels of security:

Up to £20,000 – fundamental security features, but not some of the extra layers found on higher-priced vehicles. Typically, a vehicle within this value range would include a Thatcham Research certified immobiliser, perimeter alarm, double-locking to all doors, locking wheel bolts and attack-resistant mechanical security.

£20,000 to £35,000 – high standard security features, but not some of the extra layers found on higher-priced vehicles. Typically, a vehicle within this value range should include the security from the Up to £20,000 range plus a Thatcham Research certified alarm system.

£35,000+ – security of the very highest standard. Typically, a vehicle within this value range would include the security from the £20,000 to £35,000 range plus Thatcham Research certified alarm system with tilt sensor and a Thatcham Research certified tracking system.

In most cases the vehicle manufacturer can advise on suitable security solutions or upgrades. Alternatively, certified aftermarket options can be found by clicking here