The UK’s independent safety research body, Thatcham Research, has announced its ten safest new cars for 2019, which will compete for the What Car? Safety Award to be presented later this month.
Thatcham has sponsored the award for several years, and its judging panel has announced the ten finalists based on a number of criteria.
Beyond the obvious five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, the judges also considered:
- Euro NCAP crash test scores for both adult and child protection
- Performance in stringent new autonomous emergency braking (AEB) tests aimed at protecting cyclists and pedestrians
- Availability of automated driver assistance systems that help prevent collisions
- sales volumes, to determine the real difference a car is likely to make to real-world road safety
Matthew Avery is director of research at Thatcham Research and a judge for the What Car? Safety Award. He said: “It’s clear that occupants of the latest cars are at a lower risk than ever. But not resting on our laurels, we raised the bar in safety testing for 2018.
“This means the ten cars in this list are some of the safest ever made, anywhere in the world.”
The ten finalists are listed in alphabetical order (sorry, Volvo).
We said: “The Audi A6 has all the hallmarks of a new class leader in the executive saloon segment. It offers a solid and potent range of engines, bags of technology and a comfortable experience wrapped in a handsome body.”
Thatcham said: “Audi has two models in the list, which is testament to the brand’s excellent track record in producing five-star Euro NCAP cars. The Audi A6 has many safety features, including a pop-up bonnet, to protect pedestrians and cyclists in the event of a collision.”