What Car? Safety Award 2021

"Today's new cars provide more protection than ever in the event of a collision. It's also reassuring to see an increasing number of carmakers integrating new active safety technology that is helping to avoid collisions in the first instance. Partnering with the What Car? Safety Award – for the sixth consecutive year – allows us to salute the safest new cars on our roads and help guide the customer towards making safer choices."

Matthew Avery
Director of Research, Thatcham Research
What Car? Safety Award 2021


Which of these cars will be the eventual winner? Read more below, with insights from our director of research Matthew Avery on what makes these cars the safest you can buy



“The Adult Occupant protection score for the Jazz was one of the highest in 2020 and the car continues Honda’s good work for protecting Vulnerable Road Users, topping the scoring in that particular category with 80%.”



“The MX-30 is a full EV that continues Mazda’s long-standing pedigree in providing good levels of passive and active protection in its vehicles. The car’s passive safety score is very good, particularly in light of the fact our tests are more exacting than ever before with the use of a new mobile progressive deformable barrier and new dummies. Achieving five stars is now harder than ever.”



“If you’re travelling in a Leon and you suffer a collision, the 92% Adult Occupant protection score tells you you’re in a robust environment. It’s particularly good for the lateral impact protection it affords, demonstrating that SEAT has been working hard to accommodate our new and exceedingly tough testing protocols.”



“Toyota’s impressive Yaris represents value for money as a super mini with good level of active and passive safety technology. We were especially pleased to see the Yaris perform so well in the new far-side impact test, which measures an occupant’s lateral movement towards the opposite side of the vehicle.”



“VW’s first fully-electric car built from the ground up, the ID.3 achieved a maximum five-star rating during Euro NCAP’s revamped 2020 testing protocols, which are the most exacting in the world. It displayed good results in all areas of assessment, particularly for its Safety Assist technology and Child Occupant protection. It was the highest scorer of the year in both categories, recording 88% and 89% respectively.”