The ten safest cars of 2019

(Above) VW T-Cross  (Top) SEAT Tarraco



Do you drive one of the safest cars of 2019?

Thatcham Research reveals the 10 safest new drives of 2019, the list features cars with record breaking protection for occupants in the event of a crash and innovative crash avoidance technology

The judging criteria takes a variety of factors into account, including:

  • five-star Euro NCAP rating and high overall Euro NCAP testing scores across all categories;
  • potential sales and affordability – to promote cars bringing safety to the masses and making a big overall impact on road safety;
  • standard-fit crash avoidance technology – from Autonomous Emergency Braking systems that can not only detect other vehicles but also pedestrians and cyclists, to intuitive Electronic Lane Keeping systems to prevent drivers from colliding with oncoming vehicles;
  • and Driving Assistant Systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Support Systems that combine to reduce fatigue for motorway drivers.


In alphabetical order, these are the 10 safest cars of 2019

  • BMW 3 Series: “It’s overall 97% rating in the Adult Occupant Protection category is one of the highest of the year. And it scored 100% in both our side impact tests – including the pole crash which is the most invasive test we have. Strong sales, especially as a fashionable fleet choice mean this car, with its suite of standard-fit crash avoidance technologies, will be a common sight on UK roads. Popular with reviewers, the BMW 3 Series shows that safe cars can be fun to drive too.”
  • Mazda 3: “A really good performer in so many areas. Class-leading safety protection in impacts and some great active safety features, including innovative Driver Monitoring technology which isn’t included in the current Euro NCAP rating, but will be in the future.”
  • Mazda CX-30: “It’s 99% rating in the Adult Occupant Protection category – maxing out in the Full Frontal, Side impact and Pole crash and AEB City tests – was the highest ever seen in Euro NCAP testing. Class leading active and passive safety, offered in a fashionable crossover package.”
  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class: “The first of two Mercedes-Benz cars to feature in the top 10. Typical of the brand’s attention to safety detail, reinforcing its reputation of offering safety as standard across its model range. A great choice for small families.”
  • Mercedes-Benz CLA: “Its 90% average score across all Euro NCAP categories is the best of 2019. A close relative to last year’s What Car? Safety Award winner the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the CLA continues the family tradition of class-leading safety. From a pop-up bonnet to protect pedestrians and cyclists in the event of a collision, to one of the best intelligent Speed Assistance Systems tested, this car is a very safe bet.”
  • Seat Tarraco: Another Volkswagen group SUV, this time in the large segment. Offers safety at a reasonable price point. Good performance for its driver assistance technologies, with strong AEB and Lane Support System scores. If you’re in the market for a big SUV, this car is one of the safest you can buy.”
  • Škoda Scala: “Maximum safety, on a minimal budget. The Škoda Scala shows strong performance across the board – rating highly on passive and active safety protection. One of the safest small cars available in 2019.”
  • Tesla Model 3: “Achieved the highest overall score in Euro NCAP’s Safety Assist – and by some distance. It scored maximum points in our Lane Support System tests – showing that a well-designed system can protect motorists without hindering the driving experience.”
  • Volkswagen Golf: “The top selling Volkswagen Golf comes with an admirable number of standard-fit safety technologies, including AEB and a Lane Support System and also some great driving assistant systems including Electronic Lane Keeping.”
  • Volkswagen T-Cross: “The small crossover segment is one of the most popular and is growing fast. The usual high-performance expected of new Volkswagen cars in impact testing, but also great active safety technology fitted as standard, including a Lane Support System which not only helps to prevent drivers from inadvertently drifting out of lane, but will also intervene in more critical situations.”

12th December 2019

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