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Thatcham reveals the 10 safest new drives of 2019


The 10 safest cars of 2019 have been revealed by automotive research centre Thatcham Research.

The 10 nominees have been selected by an expert panel made up of Thatcham Research’s Matthew Avery, Euro NCAP’s secretary general Michiel van Ratingen and Claire Evans, consumer editor for What Car? Magazine.

The judging criteria takes a variety of factors into account, including: five-star Euro NCAP rating, potential sales and affordability, standard-fit crash avoidance technology and Advanced Driving Assistant Systems.

The 10 safest cars of 2019 (in alphabetical order) according to the expert panel, with insights from Avery, are the:

  • BMW 3 Series
  • Mazda 3
  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class
  • Seat Tarraco
  • Skoda Scala
  • Tesla Model 3
  • Volkswagen Golf 8
  • Volkswagen T-Cross

Matthew Avery, director of research, Thatcham Research said: “Carmakers have really raised their game this year; drivers have never been safer behind the wheel. Should the worst happen, motorists are incredibly well protected. But crucially, these cars have an abundance of standard-fit safety systems designed to prevent crashes. These innovative technologies are watching the road when you aren’t and the continued progression in their performance is genuinely exciting for road safety.”