The ten safest new cars of 2017 revealed

Toyota Prius wins, Peugeot 3008 and VW Tiguan highly commended

The UK’s independent car safety experts have put together their list of the ten safest new cars of 2017, and awarded an overall winner.

As well as vehicle crash and track research, Thatcham Research tests and accredits crash repair parts, vehicle repair technicians and other products and services in the automotive industry.

In conjunction with What Car? magazine, Thatcham has announced the the safest new car of 2017, awarded two runners up with ‘highly commended’ ratings, and highlighted a further seven cars which offer outstanding levels of safety.

The ten new cars selected have all been launched onto the UK market in the last year, and all carry five-star ratings from Euro NCAP. To be considered for the Thatcham list, the cars must be fitted with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard and also feature at least one safety assist technology above and beyond NCAP requirements, such as lane keeping systems. The cars are then judged on market relevance and value for money.

The Toyota Prius won the What Car? Safety Award for safest new car of 2017, announced at the 2017 What Car? awards last night in London. The Peugeot 3008 and Volkswagen Tiguan were also highly commended.

We take a look at all ten of the safest new cars of 2017, starting with this year’s winner and runners-up:

Next page: The winner of the What Car? Safety Award for 2017

Stuart Massonhttps://www.thecarexpert.co.uk/
Stuart is the Editorial Director of our suite of sites: The Car Expert, The Van Expert and The Truck Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.


  1. I purchased a brand new Jeep 3ltr Summit on the with Sept 2015.when it was serviced the garage who sold me my car damaged the interior so I took in to a local jeep dealer.During the conversation I found out the car was 13 month old when i purchased it .Can I do anything about it.

    • Hi Richard. A car is legally considered brand new when it is first registered, not when it was built. As long as the car complies with all legislation at time of registration, it doesn’t matter how old it is. It is very common for cars to sit around for months or even more than a year after being built before being registered.

      Your new car warranty commenced on the day it was first registered, not when it was built, so you haven’t lost anything there. A dealer is not obliged to tell you when a car was built, although if you ask then they have to answer you honestly. They are also not required to disclose minor damage unless you ask about it.

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